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Radical college professors and ivory-tower decadence infects students

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If anyone doubts that there are evil and decadent people at large in America, plying their venom, look no further than the radical Arab professor at Fresno State college– the woman who cheered the death of Barbara Bush, calling her a racist and a witch.

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The president of Fresno State refused to discipline the professor, so now the prez is scrambling to keep the school’s financial donors. Serves him right, he fits right in with the ethics and questionable culture of too many of this nation’s colleges and universities.

In fact, there are few modern-day horror stories that can equal the dramatic decline of huge numbers of American universities. Once bastions of teaching young minds how to think clearly, and exposing tomorrow’s citizens to a wide range of educated opinions they could choose from based on intellectual merit, U.S. colleges have lost their luster. The whole idea about the value of college was about debating and arguing, not shielding “snowflake” students from disagreements.

Professors now teach less while administrators proliferate, with administrators increasing 50% faster since 2001, than instructors. Billions of dollars have been dropped on constructing extravagant buildings and luxury dormitories. University counselors now encourage new students to assume huge loans that fatten school revenues. Some of these guidance counselors are part of the “Do-what-you-want-to-do, follow your dream” crowd, and their advice too often pushes students into job-worthless majors like Anthropology, English Lit, Studio Arts, medieval studies, and French Renaissance Poetry.

Too many professors confuse teaching with advocacy. They think their job is to disabuse students of their “former narrowness”. Such professors enjoy slandering traditional values that may have been taught by parents or former teachers. Any conservative views get the boot and the scoffing criticism, as professors feed young minds with the assurance that progressives are the smartest people on campus. Students are encouraged to unmask “micro-aggressions”, seek “safe spaces” and maybe even campus “cry closets”, and to express moral outrage over colonial prejudice. These ivory tower indoctrinators are not interested in teaching both sides of any debate, only the “correct” side—they seek to replace teaching with advocacy because, after all, “there’s only one right way to think”.

As a result of all this, among the world’s elite universities, 2018 “marks the fifth year of consecutive decline in the overall showing of the U.S.”, according to The Wall Street Journal. This year there were “62 U.S. schools in the top 200. In 2014, 77 U.S. universities ranked in the top 200.”  And as of 2014, the academic performance of U.S. students against the global student population hasn’t moved in a decade, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. East Asian countries like Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong are beating our students decisively.

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The Fresno State professor kept her job because of the tenure system which allows grossly inadequate instructors to remain in the classroom. But why is tenure even needed? For starters, tenure contributes to the odor of mediocrity. No educator has ever been able to explain to me how the union’s smokescreen of tenure benefits students and universities. Tenure reduces job competition, breeds complacency, and allows teaching positions to be occupied by lazy, older faculty who are trying to beat out the clock until retirement. And, yes, tenure allows the likes of an abusive, obscene Muslim professor at Fresno State to continue to infect the minds and opinions of students.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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