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I know the OP is on homeschooling juxtaposed with public school, nonetheless the public schools morph into the broader subject of 21st century liberal education which includes elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universitues.
Conservatives have had a quarrel with liberal education for years, and the quarrel has not always been from what we could call, for lack of a better phrase, the “Bob Jones University crowd.” For example, my Claremont Review Of Books that came a few days ago, featured an article by Harvey Mansfield a professor of government at Harvard University which is one of America’s most liberal universities.
Professor Manfield’s (pic here) article was titled “The Higher Education Scandal” and in the essay Mansfield discusses the Peter Wood and Michael Toscano study titled “What Does Bowdoin Teach?”
Here is Harvey Mansfield’s complete essay (its unusual for it to appear on the web this quick, but here tis):
The Higher Education Scandal | RealClearPolitics
A few excerpts from Professor Mansfield’s essay:
"Peter Wood and Michael Toscano have done just that in a comprehensive new study, “What Does Bowdoin Teach?” the first of its kind and probably destined to be the best, which shows in the practices and principles of one college what political correctness in our time has done to higher education in our country…
Today’s liberals do not use liberalism to achieve excellence, but abandon excellence to achieve liberalism. They have effectually eliminated conservatism from higher education and intimidated—“marginalized”—the few conservatives remaining. These few are the only ones in academia who think something is missing when conservatives are gone. There was a liberal president of Harvard for a brief time recently who thought something was missing when conservatives are gone, and then, courtesy of the liberals, he was gone. [Jack note: He is talking about Harvard’s former top knocker whom the bull-dyke feminists drove weeping and apologizing out of high office “Ya got till noon ta git outta Dodge” … lol … …
The common good as practiced at Bowdoin is no longer a liberally educated student body to which the professors variously contribute but a collection of students who have individually validated the ill-considered hope of their professors to make them resemble professors like themselves …
Topical courses are featured in programs called “Studies,” such as Gender and Women’s Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies (separate from the preceding), Environmental Studies, and Africana Studies, that were founded explicitly as political advocacy for their constituents …
** Professor Mansfield Has Read His Sun Tzu **
(One has to watch their throat admist that pack of liberal wolves … lol … “homo homini lupus”)
Bowdoin’s curriculum lacks the academic standards of excellence that conservatives mostly and mainly defend in academia with little or no help these days from liberals. It is conservatives ** who deplore and resist the brazen politicization of the classroom, the loss of the great books, indeed the disregard of greatness in general, the corruption of grade inflation, the cheap satisfactions of trendiness, the mess of sexual license, the distractions of ideology, the aggrandizement and servility of administrators, the pretense and dissembling of affirmative action, the unmanly advice of psychologists, the partisan nonsense of professional associations, and the unseemly subservience everywhere to student opinion …**
[Jack note: The good Professor Mansfield is to be admired imo … lol … because in this paragraph above he was wise enough to carefully craft his sentences. We all know he was really accusing the liberals of being guilty of what I bolded red. The man has read Sun Tzu. Good.]
** “Queer gardens”: **
Facilitating this change is a new attitude among the faculty, emphasizing less what students need to know for a liberal education and more what they might want absent that discipline. Hence the arrival of many “topical” courses, as the study calls them, courses that take a current topic, such as the environment (“sustainability”) or samesexuality (my neologism), or “global citizenship,” or ** multiculturalism **, and show its relation to current research by professors of various specialties. One example, freakish but still exemplary, is a course on ** “Queer Gardens,” **which “examines the work of gay and lesbian gardeners and traces how marginal identities find expression in specific garden spaces.” It was abandoned because it got insufficient student enrollment—not because the faculty or the professor had second thoughts about this—call it odd—combination."
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I doubt that Conservatives will “patch it up” with the liberal education community any time soon. The situation at Bowdoin is typical, its not anecdotal.
Here is an oldie goldie, but its NOT out of date:
Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students
by Alan Bloom
Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students: Allan Bloom, Andrew Ferguson, Saul Bellow: 9781451683202: Amazon.com: Books
Bloom never was a conservative, nor was he one who wished to impose his “culture” on others. Simply put, he was a scholar who wished to make his students think - to truly think - about the nature of their existence and of society. The goal of Bloom’s book was to show how Americans of all political persuasions, social backgrounds and economic conditions are debating within a narrow modern world-view and have simply accepted as fact a mushy blend of modern theory that repeatedly contradicts itself and stands in sharp contrast to an almost entirely forgotten world of opposing thought: that of the ancients.__A Customer
Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students
I don’t have any more time to develope this furthur in this post, but there is wealth of crediable documentation that American liberal academia has gone bonkers, politically correct, chicken-defication gutless, absurd, funny, morally bankrupt, and educationless in many spots and places here in this country.
( … lol … and thats not to even get into European liberal academia …they are most likely unsalvageable)