Colleges Teaching Students Not to Think but to Obey | National Review

Colleges Teaching Students Not to Think but to Obey | National Review


In this Law & Liberty essay, Assumption University professor Geoffrey Vaughan contemplates the absurd COVID restrictions that many of our colleges and universities impose and what effect they have.

He writes that, “An older instructor I know, teaching part time at a university I shall not name, was having a very hard time hearing students through the mandatory mutual masks. He asked students to briefly pull down their masks when asking questions. For doing so he was anonymously reported to the administration by a student. The student was only following orders. Reporting infractions is university policy. Cancel culture has been extended to Covid rules, reducing even more of our interactions to crossing minefields.”

Only following orders. We’ve heard that before.

Vaughan drives the point home: “We have taught young people to fear power and worship it. On the one hand, they fear the power of a teacher so much that they do not object at the time to things they find life-threatening. On the other, they turn to anonymous tip lines, hoping that bureaucratic processes will save their lives. Never more true were Tocqueville’s words, ‘I do not fear that in their chiefs they will find tyrants, but rather schoolmasters.’”

Read the whole thing.

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





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