Trying to Restore Intellectual Integrity to Our Colleges and Universities | National Review

Intolerant People Now Control Our Campuses | National Review

To an alarming extent, our colleges and universities are now dominated by professors (and administrators) who are mainly concerned with making students think “correctly” than in showing them how to employ reason. Their objective is not helping them develop their mental capabilities but rather in creating true believers who want to transform America.

In today’s Martin Center article, writer Justin Begley suggests three ways in which professors might change things. He writes, “We need a change on college campuses. The purpose of the university is not to create parroting pundits who are hostile to other viewpoints, it’s to create thinkers who will be future innovators that aid in advancing society. Therefore, we need to promote educational methods that will teach students how to think rather than what to think.”

First, use the “Columbo” method to test for truth.

Second, assign representative literature.

Third, expose students to Oxford-style debates.

This is good advice for those faculty members who aren’t completely on board with the leftist project of churning out ideological clones. Unfortunately, I fear they are a shrinking minority.

Begley concludes, “College is and should be a marketplace of ideas. Unfortunately, the campus has drifted away from the promotion of intellectual diversity in favor of forced intellectual homogeneity. This is not conducive to scholarly advancement or teaching. By applying these three key methods, we can start reforming the campus and make strides in the promotion of truth and diversity of thought.”

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

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