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Academic Dishonesty?

Quietman ~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/19 19:59:46
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By Walter E. Williams

"Many of the nation's colleges and universities have become cesspools of indoctrination, intolerance, academic dishonesty and an "enlightened" form of racism. This is a decades-old trend. In a 1991 speech, Yale President Benno Schmidt warned: "The most serious problems of freedom of expression in our society today exist on our campuses. The assumption seems to be that the purpose of education is to induce correct opinion rather than to search for wisdom and to liberate the mind."

Unfortunately, parents, taxpayers and donors have little knowledge of the extent of the dishonesty and indoctrination. There are several clues for telling whether there's academic dishonesty and indoctrination. One is to see whether a college spends millions for diversity and multiculturalism centers and hires directors of diversity and inclusion, managers of diversity recruitment, associate deans for diversity, and vice presidents of diversity. See whether colleges spend money to indoctrinate incoming freshmen with programs such as "The Tunnel of Oppression," in which, among other things, students call one another vile racial and sexual names in order to develop "oppression awareness."


An American Council of Trustees and Alumni survey in 2004 of 50 selective colleges found that 49 percent of students complained of professors frequently injecting political comments into their courses even if they had nothing to do with the subject, while 46 percent reported that professors used their classrooms to promote their own political views. One English professor told his students that "conservatism champions racism, exploitation and imperialist war." The "critical race studies" program at UCLA School of Law says that its aim is to "transform racial justice advocacy." At an East Coast college, an exam was found with questions such as, "How does the United States 'steal' the resources of other (third world) countries?" The answer marked correct was, "We steal through exploitation." An economics professor told his class, "The United States of America, backed by facts, is the greediest and most selfish country in the world." A Germanic languages professor told his class, "Bush is a moron, a simpleton and an idiot."


A recent National Association of Scholars report, "A Crisis of Competence," reported that the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute found that "more faculty now believe that they should teach their students to be agents of social change than believe that it is important to teach them the classics of Western civilization." Use of public funds for private advocacy not only is academic dishonesty but also borders on criminality.


In today's college climate, we shouldn't be surprised by the outcomes. A survey conducted by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut gave 81 percent of the seniors a D or an F in their knowledge of American history. Many students could not identify Valley Forge, words from the Gettysburg Address or even the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that only 31 percent of college graduates can read and understand a complex book.


A 2007 national survey titled "Our Fading Heritage: Americans Fail a Basic Test on Their History and Institutions," by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, found that earning a college degree does little to increase knowledge of America's history. Among the questions asked were: "Who is the commander in chief of the U S. military?" "Name two countries that were our enemies during World War II." The average score among college graduates was 57 percent, or an F. Only 24 percent of college graduates knew the First Amendment prohibits establishing an official religion for the United States.


A 2006 survey conducted by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management found that only 24 percent of employers thought graduates of four-year colleges were "excellently prepared" for entry-level positions.


Our sad state of college education proves what my grandmother admonished: "If you're doing something you're not supposed to be doing, you can't do what you're supposed to do.""

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  • goatman112003 2012/09/19 20:17:53
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    When you rewrite true history you destroy the culture and character of the country. This is what the colleges have done. You dumb down the so called educated group. The simple test showed how dumbed down the populace has become.

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  • Walt 2012/09/21 22:13:23
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    In a truly capitalist society, unlike our own, businesses are allowed to compete and thrive or fail without artificial outside interference. The educational system is the same and it unfortunately has a great impact on all other parts of our system. When cheating and corruption have riddled the educational system so full of holes that it can no longer impart a quality education, everything that relies strongly on a good, solid educational foundation will collapse. It will impact our quality of life.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/09/19 23:41:57
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    Absolutely.
  • Always Right 2012/09/19 22:53:12
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    Mr. Williams is one of my heroes and the only thing i'd try to add to his wisdom, is "higher education takes a dive."
  • phoenix AFCL 2012/09/19 22:20:51 (edited)
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    I love Walter Williams.

    An interviewer asked a young lady who her favorite founding father is. She answered, "What is a founding father?" A WWII Vet was introduced to a high school audience as a World War Eleven Vet.

    Folks, this has been going on for decades. Do you review your child's school book? Do you share history with your children? Do you set an example of a principled life to your family and colleagues? We have a lot of work to do and getting rid of some of these professors who are knocking down 250 - 500 thousand a year might be a good start and... just might help curb runaway college expenses.

    Why is the federal government giving our tax dollars to colleges and universities, some of which have billions of dollars in endowment funds? Control? It is all a racket designed to propogandize, brain-wash and dumb down our kids. Look at the crop from the last few years. Teachers/professors should hang their heads in shame (if they had any shame).
  • Red Branch 2012/09/19 20:46:59
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    Exactly. The Socialists moved into the prestigious universities and colleges during the 1920s. They started in the schools most likely to educate the leaders of the future or the prestigious ones. They began in the colleges of education and the Social Studies because these colleges would bring about the most change in the future in the shortest amount of time. The riots of the 1960s indicated that the Leftists had control of the universities and some of the high schools. Obama was put in office by adults who had attended K-12 public schools in which more than likely every teacher of theirs had been given a Leftist education K-12.

    This was Gramasci's Long March through the cultural institutions that would be necessary to change society to their liking and now you can see where this has put us in a world of hurt.

    Howver, there were many who prepared the way for Obama to be elected. Senators Robert Byrd and Ted "the Swimmer " Kennedy being among of the first. Many came into Congress in the 1970s and now hold the committee chairs and nothing leaves their committee without their vote. The 1970s members were the ones who had rioted in the 1960s.

    These elected officials studied the lessons of history, including what brought down the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire a...

    Exactly. The Socialists moved into the prestigious universities and colleges during the 1920s. They started in the schools most likely to educate the leaders of the future or the prestigious ones. They began in the colleges of education and the Social Studies because these colleges would bring about the most change in the future in the shortest amount of time. The riots of the 1960s indicated that the Leftists had control of the universities and some of the high schools. Obama was put in office by adults who had attended K-12 public schools in which more than likely every teacher of theirs had been given a Leftist education K-12.

    This was Gramasci's Long March through the cultural institutions that would be necessary to change society to their liking and now you can see where this has put us in a world of hurt.

    Howver, there were many who prepared the way for Obama to be elected. Senators Robert Byrd and Ted "the Swimmer " Kennedy being among of the first. Many came into Congress in the 1970s and now hold the committee chairs and nothing leaves their committee without their vote. The 1970s members were the ones who had rioted in the 1960s.

    These elected officials studied the lessons of history, including what brought down the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire and replicated those conditions in the US. We went from the world's main creditor nation to the world's largest debtor nation within 50 years. This was no accident, it took careful planning. The 2 main things that brought down the Roman Empire was inability to control their borders (illegal immigration) and debt. Sound familiar?

    Leftist are fond of saying, "Those who do not learn the lessons of history, are condemned to repeat the mistakes". This quote was initially made by a leftist, and while it is true, it is not true when looking at the United States.
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  • goatman112003 2012/09/19 20:17:53
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    When you rewrite true history you destroy the culture and character of the country. This is what the colleges have done. You dumb down the so called educated group. The simple test showed how dumbed down the populace has become.
  • beachbum 2012/09/19 20:08:01 (edited)
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    Prime example is the math professor in Florida who made her students sign pledges to vote for Obama............can someone please explain to me how this is revelant to math? The colleges have been breeding grounds for radicals since the 60's..........

    Those who can work, those who can't become tenured profs.

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