One of the best known "historians" in the United States is a fellow named David Barton. His wallbuilders.com describes him:His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues and he serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, was involved in the … Continue reading The Professors and Public Policy
David Horowitz rails against the 'indoctrination' of American students by radical leftist professors. He isn't the only one—it's quite common to hear how universities are subverting the beliefs of youth. Problem is, it ain't happening; even if some try it (debatable), they have proven incompetent. The radical professors have been in place since the sixties. … Continue reading Can We Educate Ourselves to Educate?
Stanley Fish has noticed that both David Horowitz and Ward Churchill (and Norman Finkelstein and Cornell West, among others) are conservatives when it comes to education.Well, yes. This has been one of the sources of my anger at the faculty of American institutions of higher education for years—and one of my sources of respect for … Continue reading Don’t Include Me in Your We, Stanley Fish
[Crossposted from Free Exchange on Campus]Sometimes, when I think I have misread something, I don’t bother to check but move on, hoping what I perceived was what was written, knowing full well it was not. Years ago, I read something by Cornelia Otis Skinner about this—she commented that she had once read a sign on … Continue reading Tales Told
One thing that always interests me is people who argue based on the weight of their experience yet who don’t have the courage to admit who they are. Someone using the name “olustee” responded in just this manner to a piece of mine first published by the ePluribus Media Journal and reprinted by David Horowitz’s … Continue reading The Battle of Olustee
[Cross-posted from Free Exchange on Campus]One thing about accusations of lying: They are an excellent way of diverting attention from what had been the issue at hand. Add a little outrage at the 'insult,' and it's rare that focus ever returns to the issue at hand.Addressing Jacob Heilbrunn (author of the new book They Knew … Continue reading The Authoritarian, Horowitz
[Cross-posted from Free Exchange on Campus]Way back in the 1970s, I heard an ad on the radio that got me so annoyed that I still remember it. The tag line was, “Your children have a right to have whales in their world.” It wasn’t the aim of the ad that bothered me—I was soon to … Continue reading Classroom Rights and Responsibilities