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Is "political correctness" chilling freedom of thought and speech on American campuses today?...
Is "political correctness" chilling freedom of thought and speech on American campuses today? Illiberal Education, by a former White House domestic political analyst, is a hugely controversial, powerful polemic about the most important and divisive issue in American education today. Education
Posted December 2, 2004
The people who have taken over most of the colleges have sought to have readers dismiss this book because it was written by a conservative. But liberals will be more bothered by the information in this book than conservatives are. The BIG SECRET is that the people who have taken over the colleges, although certainly not conservatives, are not liberals either! (Conservatives don't get this.) This is especially sinister since most casual liberals go along with what these people say because they think it's liberalism. The fact is that liberalism is nearly dead in this country, replaced by an anti-liberal doctrine hiding behind a few liberal slogans. If you want details, read The Shadow University, Who Stole Feminism? and The Rape of Alma Mater.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2003
D'Souza does it again (or should I say, did it again). This is a well-written research masterpiece. D'Souza exposes left-wing bias through multiculturalism and cultural relativism in the modern academy. Through countless interviews and amazingly thorough research, D'Souza presents an amazing case that shows how parents across the country need to pay more attention to what their tuition money goes too. Everyone from the college student who is frustrated by the frequent America-bashing in his classroom, to the professor looking for help in escaping the pervasive bias in her office, this book sheds light on a topic referred to as truth, but hardly examined as a problem. Read it, pass it along, and enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2000
Illiberal Education by Dinesh D¿Souza presents an interesting collection of case studies of the politics of Race and Sex on Campus. The main theme of the work is that the Western tradition of liberal education is being undermined by efforts to meet the demands for group representation in curriculum, student bodies and faculty appointments. He points out that, whereas the traditional notion of the university saw it as a forum for an open exchange of ideas, the current reality is a venue in which the ultimate goal is not truth arrived at through study and exchange, but dictated by faculty radicals in accord with their own political beliefs. To support his thesis, D¿Souza provides a series of cases studies of incidents at leading universities across the U.S. He begins with an report of the admissions policy at Berkeley which, at the time of his writing, admitted students competitively within racial groups, each of which is entitled to a percentage of the student body. The result of this is different standards for admission by members of various ethnic groups. He then proceeds to review the demands for multiculturalism, which leads to the abandonment of traditional classics to make room for works of women and contributions from non-western traditions. In doing this works whose value have been tested over decades or centuries are supplanted by clearly inferior works only because they represent contributions by members of underrepresented groups.. In faculty selection, standards have been established to ensure that certain groups are represented in various numbers in the academic departments. This creates both intellectual and practical problems. Whereas liberal education teaches students to search for universal standards of judgment which transcend particularities of race, gender and culture, illiberal education teaches a provincialism in which every group is encouraged to have its own provincial world view, which restricts the ability find commonality among all mankind. The practical problem is that the quotas often call for numbers of minority professors exceeding the pool of qualified contenders. D¿Souza concludes this book with three modest proposals. He proposes a program of Non-Racial Affirmative Action, which would permit the admission students who appear to possess academic potential not reflected in their academic records, rather than basing standards on group membership. The second suggestion is for Choice Without Separatism. Under this proposal, organizations open only to members of ethnic groups not would encouraged, but those promoting ideas, which may be predominately of interest to members of particular ethnic groups would be encourage, but on a non-exclusive basis. The third proposal is for a curriculum searching for Equality and Classics. Rather than dismissing classical works on the basis that they represent a limited world view, they should be studied for the principals of equality which many contain and which often played a role in their selection as classics. The weakness of Illiberal Education is that it often seems to be a merely collection of anecdotes which leave the reader wondering whether they really represent the reality of contemporary higher education or whether they merely reflect the most extreme aberrations. for many, including prospective college parents such as myself, this is an interesting study of disturbing trends in higher education.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.