July 28, 2017

China Plants Flag in Norman

"Why is the University of Oklahoma advancing the interests of one of America’s global adversaries?" Mike Brake asks. "OU should close its Confucius Institute as soon as possible."

July 21, 2017

PCA Risks Losing the Gospel

"For 45 years the PCA has stood for the gospel," the online magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America notes, "and in the past decade the denomination has begun thinking seriously about applying the gospel to social issues. In doing so, [PCA pastor and historian Sean Michael] Lucas is concerned that we might follow the path of progressives in the previous generation and lose the gospel."

July 05, 2017

'Objective Damage for the Sake of a Subjective Desire'

Here is a much-needed letter from Christ Church to a hospital board which is considering offering transgender surgeries.

June 03, 2017

Using 'Service Learning' to Teach Progressive Advocacy

"In Oklahoma and across the country," David Randall writes, "a new effort is diverting university resources and student time to progressive causes, propagandizing students into progressive beliefs, and creating a cadre of radical activists."

May 05, 2017

Melodramatic Universities Have Become a Classical Tragedy

Some terrific insights in the latest column from the classicist and military historian Victor Davis Hanson:
"Studies" activist courses too often are therapeutic. They are neither inductive nor Socratic, and they rarely teach facts, methods and means of learning without insisting on predesignated conclusions. Instead, the student should leave the class with proper group-think and ideological race/class/gender fervor of the professor—a supposed new recruit for the larger progressive project. ...
One reason that tuition is sky-high is because behind the facade of "trigger warnings," "safe spaces" and "culture appropriation" are costly legions of deputy associate provosts, special assistants to the dean, and race/class/gender "senior strategists" and facilitators (usually former faculty who no longer teach).

Few admit that a vastly expanding and politically correct administrative industry reflects a massive shift of resources away from physics, humanities or biology—precisely the courses that non-traditional students need to become competitive. ...
Careerist university administrators more often make the university change to accommodate the student rather than asking the incoming student to prepare to accommodate the time-honored university. ...

Apart from the sciences and the professional schools, campuses are a bubble of unearned self-congratulation—clueless that they have broken faith with a once-noble legacy of free inquiry and have lost the respect of most Americans.
The now melodramatic university has become a classical tragedy.