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Lowering Higher Education

Lowering Higher Education

Episode 323 | December 21, 2023

Lowering Higher Education

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Alan Weiss PhD

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Show Notes

  • The American Council on Education reports that 33% of universities and colleges have female presidents.
  • In the Ivy League it’s six of eight. Several for the first time ever.
  • The three women in front of the congressional committee were clearly over their heads, ill prepared, stunned, and soon reversed some of their testimony.
  • We’re focused on identity, not talent.
  • Boards used to seek academic excellence and a track record of outstanding leadership.
  • Now they want the first woman, or minority, or trans person, or whatever.
  • When Biden promised a black, female Supreme Court nominee, he found Ketanji Brown, by all accounts an excellent jurist.
  • But he had reduced her to the “best black female” available, instead of the “best candidate available.” That’s demeaning.
  • The Boston Association of Female Marketing Executives. Why me? Best role model.
  • Your freedom stops at my nose, I think John Jay.
  • When you advocate the mass murders of 9 million people, already attempted to begin with beheadings, rape, murder, and kidnapping, that’s well beyond my nose and yours.
  • And it won’t stop there. It didn’t with the Nazis, or the Russians, or the Chinese or the Khmer Rouge. It doesn’t stop with any corrupt “ism.”
  • A letter writer on a university faculty claimed that students know which professors will involve them in political indoctrination before they register for the course. This is the worst kind of sophistry.
  • Students pay absurd tuition to understand how to learn and evaluate differing points, not to hear absurdist, Marxist views from people protected from consequences by tenure, another ancient artifact.
  • The question is who’s running the asylum?
  • Oh, and by the way, after the University of Pennsylvania president was forced to resign after her failure in Congress, over 500 Harvard faculty members signed a petition supporting their president. What does that tell you?
  • It tell me she doesn’t have the spine to interfere with their provocation and indoctrination.
  • The “safe zones” on campus certainly aren’t intended for Jews these days, are they?

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Alan Weiss’s The Uncomfortable Truth® is a weekly broadcast from “The Rock Star of Consulting,” Alan Weiss, who holds forth with his best (and often most contrarian) ideas about society, culture, business, and personal growth. His 60+ books in 12 languages, and his travels to, and work in, 50 countries contribute to a fascinating and often belief-challenging 20 minutes that might just change your next 20 years.

Introduction to the show recorded by Connie Dieken