Showing posts with label faculty politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label faculty politics. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Urgent message from the real world to college administrators: We are sick of academic politics

 I don't care if you are a cool, young wokester with an AOC t-shirt and a biodegradable water bottle or a 90-year-old grandma who wears a MAGA hat and carries a Glock in her purse. Let's all agree on one thing: America is sick of academic politics.

Here are some examples of gratuitous political posturing coming out of our universities. At San Diego State University, a dean tweeted this totally inappropriate message:

Just so we’re clear on the Right’s agenda: racism good, abortion bad, money good, women bad, capitalism good, sustainability bad, stupidity good, science bad, power good, equality bad, white people good, nonwhite people bad. Stench, indeed.

 At MIT, the administration disinvited a University of Chicago professor to give a prestigious lecture because of his unpopular views about colleges' diversity agenda.

And at Buffalo State College, the administration won't rehire a writing instructor because she wrote that she was "sick of talking about Black Lives Matter."

I'm not speaking from a political perspective. I don't give a damn about anybody's politics--particularly the politics of fatuous university administrators.

I'm thinking about the students who are burying themselves in student loans to attend universities run by fools. 

They didn't sign up for a lifetime of debt just to become a captive audience for a bunch of gasbag administrators who think they are entitled to inflict their political views on the paying customers.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, the Constitution gave Americans the right to free speech. Thank God most people are smart enough not to use it.

Woker than thou