A Sad Story, Like So Many Other Once-Great Universities | National Review

A Sad Story, Like So Many Other Once-Great Universities | National Review

In today’s Martin Center article, University of Pennsylvania graduate Gordon Bare laments the decline of the University of Pennsylvania.

He begins:

The University of Pennsylvania was an excellent school when I was an undergraduate there in the mid-1960s. The politics were polyglot, reflecting an era when the professional classes and even the professoriate were more ideologically diverse than is the case today. Campus activism of earlier in the decade surrounding civil rights marches had faded and anti-Vietnam War demonstrations of the late 60s were still in the future. There was a substantial percentage of Jewish students who benefitted from the diminished tacit ceiling of earlier decades on Jewish “over-representation.” Grades still mattered and weren’t gifts.

Then, politics began undermining the university.

Among other things, Penn’s president decided to curry favor with the powerful, paying Joe Biden loads of money for basically nothing while he was out of power.

Penn courts the Chinese government, but discriminates against Chinese (and other Asian) applicants. It just doesn’t want “too many” of them because the school must make room for “diversity” admits.

And the curriculum is now clogged with identity courses that merely inculcate grievances.

Bare sees no prospect for reform from the top. Perhaps, though, it can come from the bottom, as students and families rebel against “wokeness.”

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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