26.2.03

HOW OTHERS SEE US. Diablogger is less than impressed with his encounter with four University of Florida professors at dinner: "Folks, these educated idiots are teaching at our universities. They are living off the public coffers while spewing their ignorant hatred at the very people who pay their salaries, and in the case of this professor--at the very people who made not only his job but his freedom possible. They are more dangerous than any impotent neo-Nazi skinhead desperately seeking something to believe in. They are aristocrats undergirding a fascism of the 'educated', a despotism of the experts. They want a world in which you and I have no political power because we don't speak a certain language, don't posses a certain vocabulary, don't have an advanced degree or don't subscribe to a certain 'logic,' which is nothing less than a camouflaged tyranny that would render us free on paper and slaves in practice." Instapundit, who linked the story, notes that these are the colleagues who give professors a bad name. Quite. And the story allows me to develop this earlier post about the role of students in the academy, and reinforce my assessment of where all philosopher-kingdoms must go. The development, however, is relatively simple: many university administrators are dismayed with their retention rates ... many matriculate, not so many graduate (in some cases, less than half, and if you break down the population by sex or ancestry you see radioactive decay of your diversity efforts.) I am not aware, however, of any research into the effect of "inclusive" policies that imply the silencing of differing points of view on retention.

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