Random Quotations about Education – July 16th, 2016

Four items in total…

“Long ago, before 1965 say, college was understood to be for the intelligent and academically prepared among the young, who would one day both provide leadership for the country and set the tone of society. Perhaps ten percent, but no more than twenty percent, of high-school graduates were thought to have any business on a campus… The first and worst change was the philosophy that everybody, or much closer to everybody, should go to college. Disaster followed. There descended on the schools huge numbers of adolescents without the brains, preparation, or interest needed for college… Since they were not ready, and for the most part could not be made ready, colleges dumbed down courses… Universities recruited blacks competitively as evidence of social rightness. These trophies lacked roots in European civilization, literature, history, sciences and mathematics. They demanded, and got, departments of Black Studies, academic ghettos lowering standards yet further.” – Fred Reed, “College then and now: Letter to a bright young woman” – Fred On Everything, June 2nd, 2016.

“That students demonstrate no grasp of the First Amendment is nothing surprising. In a weird sense, it’s not their fault. They’ve been told that it means whatever they feel it should mean, with a plethora of wild expectations and demands that pop into their collective heads for no particular reason. They’ve been indoctrinated with such simplistic fortune cookie nonsense as ‘rights come with responsibilities,’ and those responsibilities mean ‘hate speech’ is not protected. They just make up whatever ‘responsibilities’ suit their feelings.” – From “And the cancer spreads: DoJ orders UNM to violate First Amendment” posted by Scott Greenfield’s “Simple Justice” blog on April 24th, 2016.

“In a peer-reviewed study published by the online journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the University of Canterbury concluded that Lego ‘showed significant exponential increases of violence over time’, with a higher proportion of weapons appearing among Lego’s building blocks and themed kits.” – BBC.com, “Lego ‘arms race’: Bricks growing more violent, study says” – May 23rd, 2016.

“The Center for Diversity and Enrichment provides precollege student development, assistance with facilitating the enrollment process, and programs and activities that support the ability of underserved students to increase their skills to thrive and succeed at the University of Iowa… Multicultural Specialists are available to talk to students about all aspects of their college experience. We want to make sure your transition to the university is a good one and that you are aware of the opportunities available on campus… Programming for students (? -JG) is offered to enhance the cultural, social, and academic experiences of students. The programs have the goal of building community, celebrating cultures, and educating students on a variety of topics… We invite you to explore our website and the websites of all the CDO offices. We welcome suggestions for ways to enhance your experience at the University of Iowa; please contact us if we can be of assistance to you.” – Nadine Petty, Director – Center for Diversity and Enrichment, University of Iowa. Current as of June 3rd, 2016…