Monoculture threatens the very idea of the university

Another warning flag raised on a deepening problem in America’s universities, this time from former Stanford provost John Etchemendy:

[Universities have] a kind of intellectual blindness that will, in the long run, be more damaging to universities than cuts in federal funding or ill-conceived constraints on immigration. It will be more damaging because we won’t even see it: We will write off those with opposing views as evil or ignorant or stupid, rather than as interlocutors worthy of consideration. We succumb to the all-purpose ad hominem because it is easier and more comforting than rational argument. But when we do, we abandon what is great about this institution we serve.

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February 23, 2017 · culture · university · Stanford · etchemendy · tolerance · coddling · trigger

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