Building the University of Diversity

by: the Common Constitutionalist

College may soon become like high school. All you have to do is show up and you’re accepted. How so, you may ask?

It seems many colleges and universities have begun dropping the SAT/ACT requirement for admission. And not just at no-name schools, like Muddy Water State (not a real school). No – major colleges like Columbia and George Washington University have joined over 850 colleges and universities who have curtailed the importance of or outright dropped these standardized tests.

These schools are instead taking a more “holistic” approach when screening students for admission. “When Columbia University took the plunge earlier this summer, dropping the SAT subject tests and SAT and ACT writing portions as application requirements starting next year, it became the first member of the Ivy League to do both.”

George Washington University has dropped testing for most freshman. This is great news for those in high school, no longer having to stress out over there SAT score, or pay again to take it over in an attempt to improve their scores.

But why abandon the time honored standardized test – why after all these years switch to the “holistic” approach? read more

Being American is a Microaggression

By: the Common Constitutionalist

On college campuses, it’s evidently a “microaggression” to call yourself an American.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult not to offend the poor little snot-nosed whiners who call themselves college students. Almost everything is an affront to their fragile sensibilities. What ever happened to Universities challenging convention and the ability and freedom on campus for free expression?

Unfortunately things have come full circle where there is no free thought or expression and the convention is hyper-sensitivity.

Now, I may be out of touch with current politically correct vernacular, but isn’t the term “Queer” considered derogatory to homosexuals? I thought it was, yet at the University of Virginia (UVA) there is a student organization which calls itself the “Queer Student Union” (QSU). Huh.

They describe themselves thusly: “The Queer Student Union at the University of Virginia is Charlottesville’s oldest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals. As such, we strive to provide a safe, welcoming, and confidential environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer individuals in the community. We also organize services, activities, and social programs for the student population at UVA, with an emphasis on queer culture and social thought. As the largest LGBTQ group on Grounds, we work to represent and advocate LGBTQ students’ concerns to the University’s administration, alumni/ae, and the local government.” read more

Entering College? What’s Your Gender?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Lately I’ve been hearing more conservatives say attending college may no longer be worth it. For one, it’s becoming ridiculously expense. If you were to go four years at an Ivy League or like school, it’s possible to exit with a debt of well over $300,000. I have friends in their 30’s still paying undergraduate student loans. There’s something wrong that.

That’s not to say it isn’t necessary in some cases. Science, medical, engineering, all pretty much require classroom and lab environments, but in a lot college-liberal-conservativesof cases these days, actually attending a college is no longer essential.

And then there is the wackiness factor. We right-wingers have understood for years the perils of rampant runaway leftism being thrust on our young skulls full of mush (hat tip – Rush) as they go away to school, only to be taught more about the evils of capitalism and white privilege, and the benefits of communism, multiculturalism, social justice, and gender studies than the subject matter they signed up for.

So when I read about the latest campus flap, I was not the least bit surprised.

The story actually goes back a few years but the absurdity continues. It’s regarding the University of Oregon and a new student, Elle Mallon, who wished to join a fraternity. read more

What Are Your Kids Learning?

Parents pay a fortune to send their kids to big-name colleges, and they expect strong scholarship in return. More and more, what they’re getting ranges from drivel to leftist indoctrination.

Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald shocked a New York City audience at the 2013 Wriston Lecture this month with some examples of what leftist academics have done to the American college curriculum.

“Until 2011,” she noted, “students majoring in English at UCLA had been required to take one course in Chaucer, two in Shakespeare, and one in Milton — the cornerstones of English literature.

“Following a revolt of the junior faculty, however, during which it was announced that Shakespeare was part of the ’empire,’ UCLA junked these individual author requirements and replaced them with a mandate that all English majors take a course each in gender, race, ethnicity, disability or sexuality studies, imperial, transnational or post-colonial studies, and critical theory.” read more

Eradication of Israel

Some San Diego State University students studying the Arabic language were dismayed when they were handed a map by their professor at the beginning of the semester which labeled the State of Israel as “Palestine.”

The pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs tells TheBlaze that the professor, Ghassan Zakaria, distributed the map on the second day his Arabic 101 class met. Students worried that if they complained about the map they could be labeled as “troublemakers” and that their grades could be impacted, StandWithUs said, adding students turned to the organization fo help. The group urged its members to contact the university to complain. read more

Young Americans to Buy Guns

60 percent of young Americans plan to purchase firearms, study reveals

Sixty percent of high school and college students say they plan on owning guns at a later stage in life, an academic study from American University revealed on Monday.

According to a brand new study, sixty percent of young Americans plan on purchasing firearms in the future.

According to the study, about 40 percent of the American students surveyed said they definitely planned to own firearms once they had established their own households. Another 20 percent said they were “contemplating” owning guns.

Those findings were part of a broader study conducted by American University professor Jennifer L. Lawless and Loyola Marymount professor Richard L. Fox which focused on the political opinions of young Americans. The study was conducted prior the recent Newtown massacre, but after the Aurora theatre shooting.  Continue Reading