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Academic Cesspools

T.C.7 Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 7:03 AM
Think of it. This great, brave leader of men, who stood like a giant at Gettysburg where he saw thousands give the Last Full Measure, who taught at Bowdoin before the Civil War and became the president of the college after the war...... And now think of Bowdoin. On second thought don't. It would dishonor men who wear the Medal of Honor. Men like Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

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...