SURVIVING THE POLITICS OF
HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY
The young man who lives next door is heading off to one of our state universities (which one I’ll leave unspecified). Having graduated at the top of his high school class, he’s looking forward to a career in engineering.
I wish him the best. And I pray that he emerges from the experience of modern higher education not only well prepared for a fruitful work life, but with his rationality and emotional resources intact.
Everybody knows about safe spaces and political correctness. All have heard of snowflakes and social justice warriors. The intellectual destruction of American Academe is well documented.
But this young man’s field of study will be engineering — a realm of accurate measurements, demonstrated principles, unchanging physical laws. And it’s generally assumed that, amid the many perversions of scholarly life, the quantitative, fact-based scientific / technical disciplines remain undistorted by trendy politics, free to focus on tangible reality.
With the exception of meteorology, which has been corrupted by the global-warming mafia, that’s mostly so. Mostly.
Science is still science, right? E still equals mc-squared, right?
If only it were that simple.