college is a business. that is why context of explicitly offensive matters is ignored. thats why the book with the name klan on it was banned. not only because the administrators cared, but mainly because the students would be offended by someone who was actually reading something of substance (That actually addresses a controversial issue , rather than hiding it under the carpet). Controversy breeds great thinkers. Complacency breeds weak thinkers. But convienience is too often on the side of complacency.
the very unfortunate part is that ALL OF THIS happens under the GUISE of freedom of speech. universities tell the students all of the time that free discussion of ideas is encouraged, except that you can only challenge certain ideas but not others. you can only challenge the ideas that the administration are challenging – you can’t challenge the ideas that the professors AREN’T challenging. they will give you a token amount of freedom to make most students FEEL free. exceed that boundary, and you’ll really see how totalitarian college administrations are.
i’m really amazed at how much propaganda is fed to students under the guise of “education”. basically, most social science majors. that’s why i decided to major in geology (which most people i talk to confuse with environmental science). i came to college to learn specific hands-on skills for the work force – not to learn how to critically think.
i already can do that. everyone already can do that. if you need to pay an institution thousands of dollars to have someone else instruct you how to individually think, you are an idiot.
There no longer is such a thing as “academia” in the West. The academy has been turned into an indoctrination centre cum vocational school. Where once they educated thinkers, now they turn out “information workers.”
If they actually taught people to think critically — meaning to objectively examine the semantic content and logical structure of any given idea and formulate a reasoned critique of its strengths and weaknesses — I would be all for it, because this is an extremely important skill and the majority of people do not know how to do it.
Sadly, it is no longer taught anywhere.
The term “critical thinking,” as used in our schools and universities today, means something entirely different. As usual, cultural Marxists communicate with “code words” that mean one thing to them, and quite another to normal people. Thus “critical thinking” means to think in accordance with Critical Theory, which is the process, developed by the Frankfurt school, of applying the Marxist dialectic in the cultural sphere for the purpose of deconstructing the foundations of Western civilization.
This is why there are only certain things which students are permitted to challenge. Namely, things which support or strengthen Western culture. On the other hand, the corrosive ideas promoted by cultural Marxism, which undermine and weaken Western culture, may not be challenged. If you do, then you are denounced as a backward, hateful racist and sentenced to “sensitivity training,” which teaches you what a worthless, selfish bigot you are for thinking objectively instead of submitting to the “intersubjective consensus.”
All of this is by design. Recall that John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, between the two of them, spent more money on education in the first few decades of the 20th century than the entire US government at the federal, state, and local levels combined. They got what they paid for:
“I want a nation of workers, not thinkers!”
— John D. Rockefeller