28.3.16

UNIVERSITIES ARE FAILING AT THEIR MISSION.

And political correctness is killing them, argues Glenn "Insta Pundit" Reynolds.

The students aren't putting up with the deanlets and deanlings coddling the crybullies.

Soviet era dissidents had samizdat.  Smart-phone-toting dissidents have Yik Yak.
Freed from a fear that student “activists” — and their allies in the university’s Student Life and Diversity offices — might punish them, students expressed their true feelings, and they demonstrate that the “activists” are a small, unrepresentative slice that is being indulged at the expense of the university as a whole.
Soviet apparatchiki rationed paper and limited access to duplicating machines.  (Photocopiers, which had to be purchased with real money, were guarded almost as closely as the nuclear weapons.)

Deanlets and deanlings would like to jam Yik Yak or otherwise limit access thereto.  Fortunately, there are enough of us on the street to laugh them to scorn.
[I]ndulging those activists [the crybullies and their faculty enablers] is dangerous to universities because it makes them ridiculous. As [Conor] Friedersdorf also notes, Emory and its “fearful” students were widely mocked, even in the liberal press. And they deserved to be mocked, because their behavior was childish and silly.
Higher education, breaking the social contract with taxpayers and legislators. The denouement will not be pretty.
From the point of view of much of the public, highly-endowed colleges are becoming an underperforming asset: The feeling is growing that elite fat cat universities are an expensive luxury, and that the money spent propping up their endowments would be better spent buying school lunches for needy kids, or topping off up the pensions of retired civil servants.

For many years, colleges have fended off the fiscal claims of local authorities by pointing to the jobs they create and to the spending of their students and staff. These were and are valid arguments, but the great American private universities are going to have to take a hard look at what else they can do to make more friends among the general public and, consequentially, among politicians.
Used to be only Republican legislatures going after higher education.

That's Democrat-heavy Connecticut wanting the hedge fund masquerading as Yale's endowment to pay its fair share of taxes.

In New York, they're running out of other people's money, and the public universities are feeling the pinch.

And yes, celebrating transgressivity is an expensive luxury.

I've been pointing these things out for a quarter century.  It may not have been given to me to finish the task, and yet I will not give it up.

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