Last time I checked, Universities existed to teach the next generation and prepare them to take the helm and propel our society and civilization, and humankind into the future with the right knowledge and skills to do it. And yet, these days professors and academia in general seems to have taken up a new cause, they call it many things; social justice, equality, diversity, sustainability, progressive agenda. In fact, it appears that they believe these things to be more important to their mission than actually teaching our next generation the very subjects we’ve hired them to teach. Let’s talk.
The other day, I read an open letter from a Chemistry Professor to the faculty and staff at the local University, asking them to repost it all over social media. The letter talked about attacking the Trump Administration, which had yet to even come into power. One of the main points of the letter, also endorsed by the State University Employees Union, stated; “We will fight the normalization of evidence-free social discourse by modelling for our students and communities the power of evidence-based open inquiry in real problem solving.”
This statement appeared after an anti-Trump tirade calling the President-Elect a racist, misogynist, and hater. Let’s take this statement and break it down to find the flawed logic here. The exact words are: “We will fight the normalization of evidence-free social discourse by modelling for our students and communities the power of evidence-based open inquiry in real problem solving,” unfortunately, in the open letter he hadn’t stated any evidence, he only reiterated the hate-speech against right politically leaning folks that we’ve heard repeated by Cable Media, Left-Leaning Newspapers and surrogates of the Clinton Campaign during this much heated past election season.
Next, he talks about “Modeling Students” – wow, are we sure he don’t mean brainwashing them as socialist followers? The Professor of Chemistry (PhD and tenured) made a number of allegations as to the character of Donald Trump, and company without any evidence whatsoever, how are we to take this hypocrisy – isn’t this just “venting” because he and his friends, associates and fellow academics are upset the election did not go their way this time, why engage in 7th grade debate club debating tactics and 8th grade reading level political rhetoric tactics like this?
After all, we can read the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, New York Times for that, did or professor miss his calling in journalism? Why do they state they want to “Fight” why can’t they just do their jobs and teach? We put these folks on pedestals, actually they put themselves there and told us to treat them as such, and once their they call us ignorant and racist. Why do we need arrogant academics to talk down to us?
If they are so great, why do they need to hide-out in academia, tell them to come out here in the real world, run a business, get a job, run for office, join the military? Maybe that saying; ‘those who can’t teach,” is more correct than we’ve been led to believe? Maybe Ronald Reagan was right. “It’s not that the left is ignorant, they just know too many things that simply are not so.”