The View From 1776
Monday, May 05, 2008
Freedom of Speech at Dartmouth
Islamic madrassas, where students memorize the Koran, are different only in degree from much of what is laughably called higher education in our high-priced Ivy League schools.
Many commentators have observed that “teaching students to think” is little more than brain-washing them to hate America by inculcating the atheistic, and materialistic religion of socialism. That program, also known as diversity, brooks no questioning and no opposition.
At a wedding reception dinner some years ago, for example, I was seated next to Thomas Roos, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth. Dartmouth’s hostility to the conservative views editorialized by the Dartmouth Review was then much in the news. In answer to my question, Professor Roos stated simply that the opinions of the Review editors didn’t deserve to be heard in a liberal democracy.
American so-called higher education is following the path defined by Vladimir Lenin, who told the Soviet commissars of education that their job was to teach students to hate their parents and any non-liberal-progressive beliefs held by their parents. Only communist doctrine deserved to be heard in a “good socialist society.”
For a bizarre example of this genre of “education,” read Dartmouth’s ‘Hostile’ Environment.