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megimoo
04-30-2009, 04:26 PM
Academe Has Deformed Students' Character

So is the character of students shaped by our system of higher education best summarized as conformist?
To a large extent, yes. The progressive left#...#is counting on a vast, quiescent consensus among the college-educated, a consensus sufficient to end the culture wars and usher in a reign of one-sided agreement on all important issues.#...#The left’s near total domination of education at all levels, including colleges and universities, has given it ample opportunity to instill its basic values. These include a settled hatred of Western civilization, an elevation of identity groups and corresponding devaluation of common humanity, and a preference for the homogeneous group over the free-spirited individual.

Along with the conformity comes a warmth-seeking, affirmation-thirsty need for the therapeutic.
College graduates today have been used to a life of self-esteem-enhancing bromides. They seldom see difficulty as valuable in its own right.#...#Grandstanding comes more easily to these folks than doing; and accomplishment without an audience is almost unthinkable.

The character that contemporary American education seems most to foster is also a person unmoored to any abiding sense of reality.
He or she#...#is ambitious, dissatisfied, and vaguely angry. College has made it a settled fact that America is a profoundly unfair society, but that the “structural inequalities” run so deep that there is little that can be done about them. This allows the alternatives of resentful passivity or frenetic pursuit of symbolic protests and acts of atonement. Often you see both in the same person. Lethargically pessimistic one day, stridently assertive the next.

http://phibetacons.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OWVlNjkxN2I2ZWUxYTViMDRhMTIwYjcyOWQ4MWQ0NjY=
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The perspicacious Peter Wood asks how our system of higher education has formed students' character, and his response is not for the faint of heart: So is the character of students shaped by our system of higher education best summarized as conformist? To a large extent, yes. The progressive left#...#is counting on a vast, quiescent consensus among the college-educated,
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They tried to homogenize me in Grad School, it didn't take. Consequently, none of the other drones would speak to me in classes unless they needed tutoring help. (I graduated #1 in my class) So the left better not be looking for me to accept their ways.
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My daughter is a senior in high school and is the only conservative female that will challenge her 'government' teacher (his degree is in philosophy). She brings facts to the table (we've worked on those for 18 years) and he brings guilt and emotion. While she and you may not change your teacher, you may find that your opinions resonate with your classmates who aren't as vocal.
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My high school 'hero' was a fellow student whose family members went to the concentration camps. While I was bright enough, she was opinionated on issues that I'd never thought about - it left a very lasting impression on me.
I wish more students raised their voices.
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Well, academia sure has come a long way, baby. In the days when conservatives were in power, their message to their masses of indoctrinees was: "Question Authority". Now that their socialist soul-mates are in power, not so much. Now it's more like: "Conform, or Else".In other words, we independent-thinking conservatives are the real rebels now. Think I'll put on my "Rhe" (Reagan) beret. Viva la revolucion!