Resistance Rising against College ‘Wokeness’ | National Review

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The “progressives” managed to conquer most of our colleges and universities without any serious resistance. Finally, some people who abhor what has been done to their schools are mounting a counter-attack.

Among those schools is Davidson College, and in today’s Martin Center article, Jay Schalin writes about developments there.

“One of higher education’s most enduring enigmas,” he begins, “is the continued support given by relatively traditional donors to their rapidly radicalizing institutions. This deep division between the beliefs of important donors and the actual conduct of school officials has been brought to light in a new report about Davidson College by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). The beliefs of the top donors are so at odds with the actions of the administration in recent years that one must wonder why they have remained silent and continued to contribute for so long.”

The college’s outgoing president, Carol Quillen, pushed Davidson far along the “woke” path, instituting a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office (which simply stokes racial divisions and promotes leftist beliefs). It’s possible that her successor will be a true academic who will listen to the disgruntled alums and turn the ship around.

Schalin concludes, “While survey results chronicle opinions rather than actual facts, they can still be very helpful when it comes to decision-making. And the results of this survey show that, in overwhelming fashion, the most important supporters of Davidson want a change of direction. And when it comes to choosing the new president, alumni and donors should settle for no less than a serious reformer who will begin the hard fight to end Davidson’s ongoing slide into intellectual degradation.”

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

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