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Here is the way to reverse the leftward drift of academia

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Submitted by Stuart Fagin (United States), Sep 11, 2016 at 22:02

The good work of the MEF and its spin-off Campus Watch act to curtail academic malfeasance, by exposing examples such as that of Professor Bail. However, the effect of this is necessarily limited. Exposure can be ignored in the absence of external accountability.

Sadly, there is little discussion in conservative circles of how to reverse the leftward movement of academia. I infer from the absence of such discussion that conservatives are resigned to regard this trend as immutable. I believe, to the contrary, that the way to reverse the trend is straightforward, at least with regard to public universities.

Begin by recognizing that public universities are public institutions. As such, it is improper that they be captive of academic cliques determined to perpetuate only their point of view. The way out is to simply take away their prerogative to hire and promote staff. Instead, these decisions should be made on the basis of scholastic merit by external boards of discipline experts. The key word here is "external". Appointments to these discipline boards would be made by appropriate state government officials acting through like-minded trustees.

As an added bonus, such boards could put an end to the metastasizing of grievance academic departments, such as women's studies, gay studies, and anything else that precedes the suffix phobia. Think of the cost savings as well as the cultural improvement. Clearly, this process could only germinate in conservative states. But lets get the ball rolling Oklahoma.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Marxist acedemia [53 words]Pershing KassOct 3, 2016 14:23233137
1Academia hates the West more than they hate the East. [69 words]LynnSep 26, 2016 08:37233013
so true [30 words]dianne gallenSep 13, 2016 13:22232661
1Not a bright future for leftist professors. [141 words]Michael SSep 13, 2016 03:15232644
2Smoke, Mirrors and Other Sociobabble DIscourse [379 words]Pied PiperSep 13, 2016 02:42232643
7Objective criticism of Islam [497 words]PrashantSep 12, 2016 22:52232640
4i.e: "HA HA THE TERRORISTS TERRIFIED YOU, YOU WUSSIES!" [353 words]
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UNCLE VLADDISep 12, 2016 19:09232637
2Terrified = Terrorized [46 words]DajjalSep 15, 2016 23:09232637
3Christopher Bail and his flawed methodology [168 words]dhimmi no moreSep 12, 2016 16:25232634
So I ask once more: What is a moderate Muslim? [39 words]Daniel GurevichSep 12, 2016 15:30232633
Between what poles moderate Muslims moderate [168 words]PrashantSep 14, 2016 20:47232633
Not a proper answer [40 words]Fragonard, PxSep 15, 2016 12:40232633
4Horrible scholarship from American Academia? [168 words]dhimmi no moreSep 12, 2016 13:24232626
2The appalling Considine and jihad [238 words]ECAWSep 14, 2016 04:18232626
1Yes, Considine is Appalling. [117 words]Peter HerzSep 16, 2016 18:42232626
2Jihad means holy war The lesser jihad hadith? It is spurious [228 words]dhimmi no moreSep 17, 2016 07:32232626
2Ibn Kathir wrote that Jesus died for 3 days and was resurrected! No I'm not kidding [235 words]dhimmi no moreSep 17, 2016 07:54232626
Gibberish [1434 words]ECAWSep 19, 2016 05:42232626
1googletranslate is not Shakespeare [28 words]dhimmi no moreSep 20, 2016 06:21232626
Maybe he's only half wrong - [27 words]
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MarkSep 12, 2016 08:22232619
Isn't it weird.... [174 words]ECAWSep 12, 2016 03:57232603
3Mainstream Islam? [56 words]DajjalSep 12, 2016 03:09232601
1Academics Today [78 words]KateSep 12, 2016 00:34232591
What can of education did he receive? [8 words]stevenlSep 12, 2016 00:07232588
Here is the way to reverse the leftward drift of academia [242 words]Stuart FaginSep 11, 2016 22:02232577
1Terrifying: How Pro-Islamist Organizations Became Mainstream [333 words]DaveSep 11, 2016 21:56232576
1Critical theory? [93 words]donSep 11, 2016 20:13232562

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