Universities have been taken over by a radical liberal progressive elite. This must change.

Our University Problem

Our universities have become a problem. Once thought of as “ivy-covered halls of learning,” they are now anything but. Instead of being sources of enlightenment they are centers of indoctrination intent on suppressing truth and de-platforming speakers who step out of line. They are the opposite of what they once were. This is sad, but also evil and dangerous. We have now reached the point where something must be done, either by government or other agencies, to correct the situation. We must either reform our universities, insisting on new codes of conduct, or establish new ones that will one day eclipse the indoctrination mills our universities have become. 

The Love of Learning

As readers of my previous posts know, I am an educator. I spoke about this in another post entitled “Highly Educated Fools,” detailing how much I love teaching. Our current situation, however, makes me ashamed to be associated with education in any way. Today’s education system is brutally biased and distorted, so far from impartial pedagogy rooted in critical thinking that it barely resembles education at all. Universities have turned their backs on their mandate to produce high-quality education, so much so that, in many cases, their degrees are meaningless. Impartial learning, and the love of learning for its own sake, now means little to anyone in the university system. Left wing intersectional politics, however, means everything. 

A Cloud of Fear

Parents, students and educators should not have to put up with this. They should be secure in the knowledge that attending university means something, that it will improve their lives, and that it will enrich them as human beings. Instead, many parents now wonder if they will recognize their children after four years of “higher education,” and both professors and students live under a cloud of fear that if they contradict “Woke” ideology they will lose their jobs or fail a course. What happened? How did universities become the kind of places they now are? First, let’s look at what they were, before we examine what they have become. 

A Way Up

I come from a working-class family. My parents exemplified the old cliché “More month than money.” They did their best, but money was always a problem. Because of this, I have no hesitation in saying that going to university was a way out of the low-income world I lived in. It was a path to greater things, or at least it presented itself that way. If I am honest, I will also say that it was a way out of my class. Please don’t mistake my point in this. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a tradesman or a labourer. Millions of workers and tradesmen have more wisdom than intellectuals. They are closer to reality than the bizarre elites who rule us, a fact that brings new relevance to George Orwell’s statement that “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” But for me, and millions of others, the chance to go to university represented a step up.

What Universities Once Were…

Once upon a time Universities were respected institutions. They were not the bizarrely weird places they are today. Instead, they were places you went to learn about the great thinkers of the western world. You learned philosophy, theology, history and literature. You received deep knowledge about your culture, and you learned to think critically. If you were lucky enough to be accepted by a top university, like the University of Chicago, you learned all this before you chose your major. No more. Now if you go to university you learn about white guilt, systemic racism, LGBTQ ideology, colonialism, the patriarchy, intersectionality, gender ideology and a host of other radical political ideologies and doctrines. After you graduate with a degree that is virtually meaningless, you are released into the job market. No wonder so many youths are angry. 

Universities as Political Agents

Universities have become dangerous and have now become political agents. As I write this, Harvard president Claudine Gay has resigned. Her testimony before the U.S. Congress was so disgracefully antisemitic that she has come under widespread condemnation, and not only for f her comments but also for blatant plagiarism. The President of Penn State University has also resigned, and attendance at Ivy League schools has dropped sharply as have hundreds of millions of dollars in private donations. Why? Because these places are no longer truly universities. They are politically biased indoctrination centers. Canadian universities, by the way, are no different. Wokeism and Critical Race Theory have infiltrated all of them, and schools like York University and Wilfred Laurier University are so radical that they are hardly worth attending. 

Persecuting Conservative Professors

Conservative professors are a minority in today’s universities. There is something wrong with that. Students ought to be able to balance differing viewpoints and come to their own conclusions, but how can they do that if all of their professors are leftists? Conservative professors now represent as little as 5% of the faculty at some universities, and are persecuted by students, leftist professors, weak administrators and the rest of the mob. Just going to a conservative website and liking an article can get you suspended or fired. There are literally thousands of professors who undergo this kind of persecution, pushed into silence through the fear of losing their jobs simply because they will not toe the leftist line. Everyone loses because of this and it has to stop. 

Necessary Change

We must change this, no matter how long it takes. But how? First, parents must refuse to finance their children’s education at these schools. Students must stop attending them based on their conviction that the education they are receiving is biased and inaccurate. Recently, some U.S. corporations decided not to hire students graduating from Ivy League schools, especially Harvard. It is a good first step, but governments must also eliminate some of the endowments to these institutions. Above all, students need alternatives. They must have fact based, traditional, conservative universities to choose from, and more conservative professors must be hired in mainstream universities. This will take time, of course, but it must be done, and while I am no fan of big government, the governments of the western world must now do their part. Our future depends on it. So that you won’t entirely despair, I have listed below the names of new universities and reformed colleges being established to repair the damage Wokeism has created. There are more, and things are changing.

Ralston College

Austin University

New College of Florida

St. John’s College

Hillsdale College

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Hal Adam
1 month ago

As usual I agree with 99% or more of what you say and you always do a great job making your case. However, I have one Minor disagreement. Regarding: “Instead, they were places you went to learn about the great thinkers of the western world. You learned philosophy, theology, history and literature.” Not for me. I went to UBC to learn the Sciences, like Computer Science, Math, Physics and Chemistry. For me, that provided me what a great opportunity to earn a decent living and a job I enjoyed for many years. IMO most of the ‘artsy’ types went to… Read more »

Hal Adam
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal Adam

Reader: Change “what” to “with”

Perry Foster
Perry Foster
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal Adam

Yes. My parents did not have a lot of money either. That meant that I had to work and apply myself if I wanted a university education. The bedrock of that education, though, was the classics of the western world. Without them I would not have been able to understand the context of my education. At this stage of my life, however, I am beginning to realize that even that was not a complete education! I did not really receive a great education and have had to make up for that on my own for years.

Nick
Nick
1 month ago

Well written as always Perry. I have gone through the machine of university recently, and have first hand seen and heard all of your concerns.

Perry Foster
Perry Foster
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick

Yes. They really are serious concerns. I have watched as the entire university system has become degraded. It’s not a pleasant sight. However, schools like the ones I have given links to above are a glimmer of hope for the future. We need many more of them…

Patricia Field
Patricia Field
1 month ago

A group of Homeschool students is currently meeting in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church
( Duncan) on Mondays, working through this Classical Core Curriculum. It looks very interesting, and is a response to the WOKE/Left/Liberal curriculums of our current “higher” educational institutions. Have a look! It’s encouraging!

Christhttps://www.memoriapress.com/?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA44OtBhAOEiwAj4gpOTTRSm8xasoBV5iWNHDlEe370ho5DWiuqDRP6OB0GYeqjQIHuMqjSBoC3q

Patricia

Perry Foster
Perry Foster
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal Adam

Love this program.In my opinion, this is the wave of the future: independent, truthful and committed, and, above all, not dependent on the government to operate. This kind of program is expanding not contracting, which gives us hope for a brighter future!

Perry Foster
Perry Foster
1 month ago
Reply to  Patricia Field

I will check it out Patricia. We need a lot more of this kind of thing…I have done a little research on this and know that programs like this are expanding and not contracting. It gives me great hope for the future. Homeschooling and alternative programs like the Classical Core Curriculum are the wave of the future in our struggle to resist the Woke universities.

Mike Groenewold
Mike Groenewold
1 month ago

In my view one of the main problems with modern education is that the state controls it. Because the state legitimately wields ‘sword power’ for the purpose of enforcing the legal order of a society (so says the Bible) it is necessarily coercive. This is good if it remains in its defined and limited role but when the state tries to be God and run everything, it brings its coercive force into every arena it touches. Hence in its control of education it will enforce its own ‘religion’ or ideology with coercive force and will punish all those that oppose… Read more »

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Hal Adam
1 month ago

Great points made but of course when private schools accept government money then they will also eventually be captured by the state. So this usually means a choice must be made between our standard of living and the education of our children. We made that choice when our oldest child was already being indoctrinated in the public system. We changed to DCS but as you know, they will more recently come under increasing pressure to enforce SOGI or other demonic ideologies.

Perry Foster
Perry Foster
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal Adam

Agreed! We must operate separately from the state since the state has captured many of the institutions and we must also devise strategies wherein we can ignore SOGI or work around it. It’s strange to think that we have to go around our elected leaders and institutions to preserve truth and freedom, but that is where we are…

Perry Foster
Perry Foster
1 month ago

Yes. A free market in education is the only way to preserve integrity and true knowledge in education. The government fears this because it can’t control it. Look for it to try, but the people will find ways to fight back, even if those schools are underground. Having said that, it is clear that parents want out of the radical ideology of the current educational matrix. Christian Classical education is the way and it is growing, not diminishing!

Rick Higgins
1 month ago

Thank you Perry for another great article. I was fortunate to start my university education at UVIC , a fledgling institution. Total enrollment 1,250 students. Class sizes were small so we had a very intimate relationship with our profs. I, like Hal, was pursuing a science degree and we joked that arts degrees were all about basket weaving and would lead nowhere. While I have always loved science for its factual foundations, I had a somewhat philosophical bent. I was involved in transcendental meditation, meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi personally. As students we were constantly involved in debates on… Read more »

Edward Field
Edward Field
1 month ago

Thanks for this engaging topic and commentary, Perry.

I do wonder whether many university students can still navigate the politically correct mine fields to achieve what they intend. Perhaps one learns to smile and nod at the appropriate times in order to get to the meat of one’s studies. There may be some departments and faculties less affected by woke thinking or gender ideology. Maybe a lot of profs simply keep quiet about their disagreement with the trends.

Thank you for providing names of alternatives to well-known universities.

Nicodemus
Nicodemus
1 month ago

Some wonderful dialogue and feedback in this entire conversation. While I agree with the comments about the essential knowledge of the classics and even more so the need for biblical foundations, the challenge with the implosion of education is that this implosion also affects those outside of educational institutions who are attempting to access deeper truths in what have become virtually the banned books of woke western society. Christian reading groups are therefore indirectly subject to the decline of literacy and this has enormous consequences for maintaining access to the truth. Perhaps you could comment on these thoughts Perry? Also,… Read more »

Perry Foster
Perry Foster
27 days ago

These comments are so inspiring! They are proof positive that we are beginning to understand, as a people, that something is very wrong with our post secondary educational system and that it needs to be corrected. Well said my friends.

Nicodemus
Nicodemus
26 days ago
Reply to  Perry Foster

Thank-you Perry and for all you do with this blog. I did receive the talk information: many thanks. https://freedomdefence.ca/reclaiming-canadian-history-with-dr-david-livingstone/

Abram
Abram
26 days ago

Great post as always Perry! It’s sad to see that woke ideologies are killing what was once the great American university. It’s no surprise though with professors forcing Marxist and woke propaganda down the throats of every student and ostracizing anyone who questions their beliefs. Perhaps it is good for these institutions to lose donation money. And for attendance to be at an all time low, with enrolment rates down 36% from what it was a decade ago. And a 8% decrease from pre pandemic to last year. I think these universities are in for some well deserved hard times.I… Read more »