I guess there’s a reason they call them “liberal” arts colleges. The stupidity that goes on at these institutions of “higher learning” is nothing short of mind-boggling.
Perhaps college students can be excused for their mindlessness because most of them are away from home for the first time and are experimenting with all sorts of things, including new ideas. But the liberal administrators and professors at these universities can’t be excused for guiding their students down the paths of senselessness.
Here are a few examples.
- At Princeton University, the student body is so clueless that they want to pull down a statue of the school’s former president – 28thS. President Woodrow Wilson, founder of the American Progressive Movement – because they think he was a racist.
- Immediately following Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, administrators and professors at a number of colleges across the country allowed students to skip exams so they could process their shock and grief over the election results. At the time, all I could think to say about that ridiculousness was “Wow!” I haven’t been able to come up with anything better since.
- Now – and believe me, I’m not making this up – George Washington University has decided to remove “U.S. History” as a required class for history majors. Why? They say it’s because they want to give their students greater flexibility to pursue their interests and to “better reflect a globalizing world.” Incredible. I’m thinking the unspoken reason is that, as when newly elected President Obama went on his worldwide tour to apologize for America’s past sins, they’re embarrassed about our country’s history.
And if all that weren’t bad enough, the cost of tuition, room and board has nearly tripled for both private, non-profit four-year colleges and public (state) four-year colleges. The cost of a four-year college education has been steadily rising at a rate exceeding the inflation rate by about 6 percent.
The worst part is that sending a kid to Harvard in 1971 cost the “median household” about 13 weeks’ worth of its annual income. Today, the sticker price at Harvard is that “median household’s” entire annual income.
Whether your kid or grandkid goes to Harvard or State College, few of us are able to haul this freight, so we borrow. American families are borrowing $100 billion a year to send kids to college. Currently, outstanding student debt tops an astounding $1.2 trillion.
Is college worth it? Not when students want to rip down a statue of a former president, and not when students need a room to cry in after an election, and not when history majors at a U.S. university are not required to take a U.S. history class.