[sixties-l] How Our Universities Are Failing America (fwd)

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Date: Wed Nov 21 2001 - 19:21:19 EST

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    Subject: How Our Universities Are Failing America

    "Defending Civilization:
    How Our Universities Are Failing America and
    What Can Be Done About It" [.pdf]


    Though short, this report from The American Council of Trustees and Alumni
    (ACTA), a nonprofit co-founded by Lynne Cheney and Senator Joseph I.
    Lieberman, has been getting quite a bit of media attention. The report is a
    scathing condemnation of universities for being "the weak link in America's
    response to the [September 11th] attack," a label earned in part because
    faculty "invoked tolerance and diversity as antidotes to evil" and did not
    discuss the "difference between good and evil." The report charges academia
    with disseminating the message to "blame America first." ACTA states, "This
    is not an argument for limiting free speech on college campuses. Indeed, the
    robust exchange of ideas is essential to a free society. But it is equally
    important -- and never more so than in these unsettling times -- to insist
    that colleges and universities transmit our history and heritage to the next
    generation." The report concludes with an appendix of named and numbered
    professors and organizations who are part of the "weak link." Anyone
    interested in debates over the function of universities or the composition
    of curricula will want to read this.

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