Quillette’s top examples of colleges behaving badly

I know there are those who dismiss everything written on Quillette as “alt-right”, and won’t read it, but if you’re one of them, you’re doing yourself no favors. The site is not “alt right,” though it sometimes defends conservative positions. But it also criticizes fulminating wokeness and says things that are correct but taboo to … Continue reading Quillette’s top examples of colleges behaving badly

Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying go unvaccinated for Covid, take and promote Ivermectin instead

Since Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying left Evergreen State under trying circumstances, they’ve made a living doing podcasts on YouTube, and have become somewhat notorious for their stand on Covid-19 and the dubious remedy Ivermectin. The story below, from the Portland, Oregon news site Willamette Week, reports how both Weinstein and Heying not only remain … Continue reading Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying go unvaccinated for Covid, take and promote Ivermectin instead

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Welcome to Thursday, the very first day of April, 2021. That means it’s April Fool’s Day, but I’m not going to fool you. It’s also National Sourdough Bread Day, celebrating a very great invention. It’s also these food months: National Florida Tomato Month National BLT Sandwich Month National Soft Pretzel Month National Soyfoods Month National … Continue reading Thursday: Hili dialogue

FIRE free-speech rankings again put Chicago on top, but Columbia at rock bottom

We’re #1 again: in freedom of speech, that is. The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, FIRE, has listed its annual free speech rankings, with the lowest numbers going to the best schools. A number of things are assessed in these rankings, including student views (how comfortable they are expressing ideas, acceptability of disruptive conduct, … Continue reading FIRE free-speech rankings again put Chicago on top, but Columbia at rock bottom

It’s the end of the world as we know it: More tribalism at The University of Chicago

For decades, the University of Chicago has prided itself as a unified community of scholars whose members were encouraged to (and were free to) debate the big questions. Now, apparently, the big questions have been settled by the uncritical adoption of Critical Theory, as evidenced by what our school is doing to its alumni (see … Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it: More tribalism at The University of Chicago

Why are old white men so much worse than young white men?

When I open the latest issue of our student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon, I often get similar feelings as when I read HuffPost: “This rag is way too woke.” It’s especially depressing here because of the big gap between the students’ wokeness and the University’s ideals, which are to promulgate nearly complete free speech and … Continue reading Why are old white men so much worse than young white men?

John McWhorter vs. Ibram X. Kendi on whether American schools are structurally racist

Truly, I don’t understand why author John McWhorter, professor of linguistics at Columbia University, hasn’t yet been the subject of a social-justice campaign to demonize and erase him. While he’s black, he’s also strongly opposed to what he sees as the “religion” of anti-racism promulgated by people like Ibram X. Kendi, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Robin … Continue reading John McWhorter vs. Ibram X. Kendi on whether American schools are structurally racist

American Psychological Society apologizes for perpetuating systemic racism

Self-abasing and self-flagellating apologies are becoming so common that I don’t want to deal with them any more. They’re part of the attempts of professional associations to come to a “racial reckoning”, like the American Medical Association’s embarrassing attempt to reform language highlighted by Jessie Singal the other day. The American Psychological Association (APA) has … Continue reading American Psychological Society apologizes for perpetuating systemic racism

Bari Weiss on the need for moxie

We all know who the cowards are, though they’re not branded as such by the Left. They include entire universities and their presidents, like Evergreen State, Oberlin, Yale, and Bryn Mawr. They include Dean Baquet, the editor of the New York Times, and other media like New York Magazine and the New Yorker, who always … Continue reading Bari Weiss on the need for moxie

A victory (?) for academic freedom

Remember Bright Sheng, a distinguished professor and composer at the University of Michigan? I reported on him earlier, also linking to the takes of John McWhorter and Cathy Young about the incident Sheng was involved in. At that time, Sheng was in the process of being demonized at Michigan (he probably still is). Here’s what … Continue reading A victory (?) for academic freedom