Friday, May 28, 2010
America is Lake Wobegon
"Having no substance of its own, the left is inherently parasitic; like a cancer cell or virus, it survives by posing as a healthy member of the same host it then attacks and ultimately destroys. This pattern of 'mimic-attack-conquer' has given us liberty-hating 'liberals,' leftist mainline chruches that publicly embrace what their own teachings explicity prohibit, and educators whose goal is to ensure that all children get left behind. ... Under the direection of leftist educators, the very institutions, charged wth the liberation of young minds from the chains of ignorance and groupthink, have become increasingly effective indoctrination centers and breeding grounds for rigid, unreflective political orthodoxy. ... The seven liberal arts have deep roots in the ancient world, and are divided into two groups. The artes triviales, or Trivium, consist of grammar, rhetoric and dialectic. They correspond roughly to what today are called 'the humanities.' ... Having mastered the elementary lessons of the Trivium, the pupil was prepared for the study of the more advanced Quadrivium, or artes quadrivales, of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music. ... These were considered the proper pursuit for free minds pursuing knowledge and wisdom, and were contrasted with the illiberal arts, artes illiberales, which aimed only at mastery of a particular subject or skill set. ... I will never forget the open sneer from a former colleague--an intelligent and multi-talented feminist history professor--that greeted my advocacy of 'free and unfettered discourse.' The very idea struck her as absurd, and she acted as though I was running some kind of intellectual con. She averred that 'free and unfettered discouse' was code for permitting the expression of bigoted, racist, and otherwise 'illegitimate' points of views. For such closed-minded academics, the liberal arts' commitment to free inquiry is itself a serious threat, and is treated accordingly. ... Grammar, even broadly conceived, has yielded to multiculti gibberish in the freshman English classroom. Rhetoric, if taught at all, consists principally of learning to denounce politically incorrect opinion, not to evaluate, refute, or engage constructively with them", Daniel Fernald at Amercan Thinker, 8 May 2010, link:
Yes Fernald. We have more uneducated college graduates than ever before. Who needs them?