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For far too long our colleges and universities have been allowed to ignore their chartered responsibilities to educate rather than indoctrinate.
Instead of providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas, they intimidate students into ideological submission to leftist professors; rather than pursuing meaningful research, they proselytize for radical causes.
In this important new book, New York Times bestselling author David Horowitz tells the dramatic story of his ongoing campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights to protect students who want to think for themselves and refuse to conform to radical orthodoxies.
As Horowitz shows, despite his pleas for tolerance of diverging points of view, his modest proposal that universities should respect intellectual diversity has been greeted with hateful hysteria, protests, and even violence—exposing, in the process, how thoroughly rotten, corrupt, and radical higher education has truly become.
Horowitz means to recall higher education to its better self, to become—as it once was—a place where students and teachers were not afraid to question opinions, create their own, and engage in Socratic dialogue. Horowitz remembers when the university was exactly that, and he acknowledges his own part in helping to tear it down. And now he wants to undo the damage and make our colleges and universities once again centers of learning and free
Reforming Our Universities just might be David Horowitz's most important book.
"This impassioned rehearsal of David Horowitz's efforts to have the Academic Bill of Rights adopted by states and universities will provoke counternarratives by those who are on the other side (as I sometimes am) of the issues he raises. If so, all to the good; it is exactly what Horowitz wants, a dialogue on these questions, and it is a dialogue we should have."
Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and professor of law at Florida International University
Reforming Our Universities is the story of one man's efforts to restore educational principles to academic classrooms, and why he failed. It exposes the voices inside the educational establishment who are opposed to change and indifferent to principle, and explains why liberal arts colleges are becoming indoctrination centers for partisan interests and political sects. An indispensible book."
Candace de Russy, former trustee, State University of New York
"David Horowitz is a national treasure. In his courage, passion, and perseverance he has done more than anyone to expose the rottennessmoral and political as well as intellectualthat has infected the heart of American higher education. In this explosive new book, he adds treatment to diagnosis, providing concrete, workable strategies to achieve what many of us had given up as hopeless: reclaiming the university. This book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of American culture."
Roger Kimball, author of Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education
I hope readers will learn from this and keep fighting the good fight.
This book is an account of the struggles Horowitz has had, the attacks and calumnies his opponents have cast upon him, and the few successes his efforts have had.
"Reforming Our Universities" is an intriguing addition to the debate of modern education, highly recommended.
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