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Ding-a-LingsPosted Monday, February 15, 2010, at 4:08 PM
The report, called "The Shaping of the American Mind: The Diverging Influences of the College Degree & Civic Learning on American Beliefs" gives clear evidence of the lefts takeover of our nations colleges.
"On an individual level, less than 60% (sometimes far less) of college graduates can identify on a multiple-choice test the three branches of government, seminal passages from the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg Address, basic events from the Revolutionary, Civil, and Vietnam Wars, and the primary features of our free enterprise system. Several of these questions are actually required knowledge for new American citizens, signifying their relevance to what we as a nation demand for informed citizenship."
It gets worse.
"On an institutional level, ISI discovered that many of our most elite schools, like Yale, Princeton, Duke and Georgetown, not only did those surveyed fail to get above a "D", seniors at these top schools did worse than freshmen on the same test, a phenomenon dubbed "negative learning"!"
This is fairly clear I think, the more the leftists have the opportunity to polute the minds of our youngsters, the dumber they get.
It gets worse.
The North American Academic Study Survey (NAASS) proved beyond a doubt the "professoriate's overwhelming liberalism".
For instance -
Humanities faculty broke down to 77% liberals and 8% conservatives.
Social Science faculty broke down to 66% liberals and 8% conservatives.
English faculty - 85% liberals and 3% conservatives.
Historians - 79% liberals and 7% conservatives. (A big shock there huh?)
Political Science - 79% liberals and 2% conservatives.
It gets worse.
The report continues, "...on the issues front, college's impact was almost exclusively on some of the most polarizing of matters. Not only did college make a graduate more likely to support abortion-on-demand and same sex marriage, but it made a person less likely to support prayer in schools, and remarkably, the notion that with hard work anyone can succeed in America."
As a father of five, my children went to colleges in Washington State, Oregon, Nebraska, Missouri and Virginia. They faced hard decisions as to handle the propoganda put forth as education. Some choose to fight for what they believed, and when they did, they found that their grades would suffer, or that the nutty professors would try and humiliate them or browbeat them into submission. Two of my kids decided just to keep their mouths shut and play along.
My nephew is an Emergency Room Doctor in one of our nation's major hospitals. The stories he tells of nutty professors gone wild would curl your hair. Also, this nephew found that he was the wrong color and sex, and had to wait extra time, and beg and plead to get accepted into Medical school, even though he has a genius level IQ, and had never had any grades in his life other than "A".
Another nephew went to and graduated from Columbia, and told me that he kept his mouth shut, that he just had to "grin and bear it" to get through.
I fully support the faculty at any school to have the freedom to be whatever they want, but, to push a liberal ideology/theology, is not acceptable.
Ben Stein in his movie, "Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed" gave example after example of what I call Educational Fascism. Professors that would dare to stand up and present evidence for Intelligent Design, were fired, or denied tenure, harassed or black-listed.
I find it interesting that liberals have no problem with empowering government to steal money from the producers in this country, in the name of fairness of course, but when it comes to colleges, well...fairness be damned.
I suspect that liberals are afraid of debate, they know their arguments are weak, so they stack the deck, they indoctrinate, and they intimidate. If liberals are so certain of their arguments, then open up the debate. Let students hear various arguments of Intelligent Design, abortion, history, and the founding documents.
The whole idea of tenure needs to be re-examined and perhaps done away with. Competition should be the order of the day. If liberals can debate on a level playing field, and their arguments prevail, then so be it. The elephant in the room is the knowledge liberals have that their arguments can only win, when they are the only argument.
Thus we have Ding-a-Lings.
For more information on ISI's past and current civic literacy studies, and to take the test on-line, www.americancivicliteracy.org
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