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R. Michael Fisher
"Western" Universities Losing Their Nerve: Fear Invades Higher Education
by R. Michael Fisher - Saturday, December 5, 2015, 09:01 AM

Many of my posts on this Founder's Forum over the last three years have to do with the fate of Higher Education, which is becoming more and more controlled by neoliberal ideologism. You can maybe search some of these past posts, and see why CSIIE was founded.

My daughter Vanessa sent me an interesting recent article from the UK Telegraph on similar arguments I've been long concerned about, and I think all free-thinking young people who attend universities ought to think critically about... here's the open lines and link below to read the rest of the article. Would love to hear any of your responses and ideas for how CSIIE can evolve and better meet the needs of the future of our youth especially....

Article excerpt:

A refusal to think freely is making universities increasingly irrelevant

The vast majority of academics are of the Left – and their research often disappears without trace

"There was a time, not that long ago, when universities embodied the best of Western civilisation. Having broken away from their narrowly theological and often obscurantist past, they thrived during much of the 20th century, dedicating themselves to research, debate and learning. They were, at their best, cosmopolitan in outlook before the rest of society, beacons of genuine diversity and home to the greatest of thinkers.

But with a few brilliant and wonderful exceptions, they are now slowly drifting back to their pre-19th century role as a purveyor of a single, illiberal world view. Instead of opening the minds of young people by exposing them to every kind of idea and every sort of controversy, they are losing their nerve, pandering to destructive activists who would rather they serve up a thin, tightly controlled and unchallenging intellectual gruel. Rather than pushing the boundaries of human knowledge, most universities now churn...".