Random Quotations – Education – Feb. 25th, 2019.

Five items in total…

“One vital measure for community involvement in black education is that of preventing youngsters who are alien and hostile to the educational process from making education impossible for everybody else. That can be accomplished by ignoring politicians and the liberal vision that restricts schools from removing students who pose severe disciplinary problems… All too often, a black student with a high school diploma cannot read, write or compute at a sixth- or seventh-grade level. This tends to make high school diplomas held by blacks less valuable in the eyes of employers. As such, it sparks racial division where it otherwise would not exist…” – Walter E. Williams, “Black education – a glimmer of hope” – Toronto Sun, Jan. 8th, 2019.

“What happened recently at the University of Toronto and McMaster University has nothing to do with the Chinese Embassy and Chinese Consulate General in Canada. We strongly support the just and patriotic actions of Chinese students.” – The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, quoted by Nicholas Keung in “China denies meddling in alleged online bullying of activists at U of T, McMaster” – Toronto Star, Feb. 19th, 2019.

“Since the beginnings of public education in the United States, it’s been assumed that in a democracy teachers should teach children how to think, not teach them what to think. But now we have progressive teachers, administrators, textbook publishers, and they are pushing to ensure that children as early as kindergarten practice ‘correct thinking’ and I’m using the air quotes here in the studio, ‘correct thinking’ on subjects such as racial guilt, gender identity, illegal immigration, or other controversial issues” – Maine Representative Larry Lockman, quoted by Sara Dogan in “Maine educators attack bill to prohibit political advocacy in public schools” – Front Page Mag., Feb. 20th, 2019.

“Few believe any more that current liberal-arts programs have prepared graduates to write persuasively and elegantly, to read critically and to think inductively while drawing on a wide body of literary, linguistic, historical, artistic, and philosophical knowledge. In fairness, that is no longer the aim of higher education. When students at tony colleges present petitions objecting to free speech or the right of guests to give lectures, they are usually full of grammatical errors and often incoherent.”
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“We are entering an age in which college, as we have understood that term, will no longer be assumed essential to becoming educated. And the number of colleges will shrink either because of consolidation, transformations to online institutions, or bankruptcy. The reasons for these existential changes are not just technology and economics but are found within the university itself. It broke its pact with the public to offer a disinterested and good education at an affordable price to the nation’s youth – and instead ended up doing precisely the opposite.” – Victor Davis Hanson, “Can higher education be saved?” – National Review, Jan. 8th, 2019.