Student reporters and op-ed writers have a look at President Obama's proposals for easing student loan repayments, why it's dangerous to sneer at your political opponents, a historical figure who'd be top-caliber presidential timber and the lack of community among designated "diversity" groups on campus.
In a previous post, I noted how military bloggers are writing the "first pages of history." Likewise, student bloggers are offering a place to speak out against the abuses on their campuses: from official racial segregation (in the name of Diversity) to expulsion for being pro-life and much more. During the 1990s, many upscale universities had students who said "Enough!" and established newspapers to advocate for academic freedom, mock the Mickey Mouse courses taught on campus, and generally play the role of watchdog. Needless to say, those newspapers were not welcomed by administrators or the PC thugs who "police" what happens on campus. Blessed by administrators who looked the other way, the thugs stole newspapers en masse and otherwise bullied these reporters in a style worthy of the Ku Klux Klan. Flash forward ten years: the Internet offers students, alumni and faculty the opportunity to watch and report on the crazy shenanigans of those in power and those who feel empowered to act as foot soldiers in the "long march through the institutions" that has done so much damage to academic rigor and freedom. (Disclosure: I have my own blog, FreeU, focusing primarily on Illinois issues). Here I'd like to profile one excellent student blog: ClaremontConservative.com Issues of interest to NAS readers include the following:
*Thought reform *Expulsion for the "wrong" views *Racial segregation promoted by the administration.
The military bloggers have a central directory; perhaps it is time to gather a EDUblogging directory? Meanwhile, search and you will find someone blogging about your campus, whether the pooh-bahs approve or not. Postscript: Alumni need to get into the act. They have nothing to fear--and administrators sometimes listen to them. Using the web, I got alumni at my alma mater to pressure the administration and get rid of a mandatory "white guilt" seminar for freshmen.
One day last April, most of the copies of the UNC conservative publication Carolina Journal were stolen. Who dunnit? No evidence was at hand and the matter was forgotten -- until the school's SDS chapter posted some photos on its Facebook page showing beyond doubt where the copies of Carolina Journal had gone. They were on the floor of the house of the SDS chapter's president, evidently service as a dropcloth during painting. Here is the post about the incident, with the pictures (since taken down from the SDS page, I understand). Maybe the SDS punks don't mind this at all. It might help them land jobs in the Obama regime's dissent-suppression (oops--"fairness") initiative.
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student newspaper, the Advance-Titan, has published an article about our article "Sustainability is a Waste." The staff writes, "the idea that an ideology enters any classroom unexamined is something students should be concerned about. As students, we have the first and foremost duty to educate ourselves for the future. Our goal should first be to learn something about the world before attempting to change it in ways we may not fully understand." We are pleased to see the Advance-Titan paying attention to the realities behind the campus sustainability movement.
NAS has opened communication with student newspapers at the universities studied in the report The Scandal of Social Work Education. NAS urges student journalists to use their unique vantage point to investigate further and report the truth about the state of social work schools at their universities. Those who publish articles covering this story may contact NAS and we will set up a link to the piece.