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Academic Cesspools

Marek3 Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 2:58 PM
It took Rome about 300 years to fall ( or 500 depending on how you count it), and it will take us some time to do so as well. Juggernauts like America do not fall overnight, but since we like to excel in everything, we are now trying to prove that if it took Rome 300 years we can do in 100! (or less). We #1! We #1! :)

Over the past 10 years, I have written columns variously titled "Academic Cesspools," "Academic Dishonesty," "The Shame of Higher Education," "Academic Rot" and "Indoctrination of Our Youth." Therefore, I was not surprised by David Feith's April 5th Wall Street Journal article, "The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World." In it, Feith tells of a golf course conversation between Barry Mills, the president of Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine, and philanthropist Thomas Klingenstein. Klingenstein voiced disapproval of campus celebration of diversity and ethnic differences while there's "not enough celebration of our common American identity."

Because Klingenstein wouldn't help finance the college's...