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Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus Paperback – October 1, 1998
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The issue is not about using this or that term -- students pretty much absorb and abide by the vocabulary of Political Correctness. The issue is not about speaking in a polite and civilised manner. The issue is not about raising your hand and waiting for your turn to speak. The issue is about what you think and believe: Apparently, when students take positions that are opposed to the political views and agendas of some of the faculty, it's discipline time!
Why are classrooms politicised? Why do professors bring their political agendas into the classroom? Of what value is an education system that holds that some views are above discussion, considertation, challange?
The importance of Illiberal Education is in the collection of cases it presents: Victims of intolerance and indoctrination in the classroom can realise that what's happening to them is not an isolated instance but a part of a larger trend. It will also help them respond more effectively.
A lot of things D'souza talks about are still going on today like a great deal of racial groups clustered toghether with full university support through like minority frats, social groups, dorms...Part of what college is about is about learning about people who are different from you and the best way to do that is through interacting with them.
Probably the best thing in Ill-Liberal education is the last few pages of the book where he talks about his three modes proposals such as non-racial affirmative action taking into account economic background, family situation and educational back ground, equality and the classics emphasizing classics that deal with equality and human differance (incorporate non-western books when necessary) and choice without separatism for university groups.
To support his thesis, D'Souza provides a series of cases studies of incidents at leading universities across the U.S. He begins with an report of the admissions policy at Berkeley which, at the time of his writing, admitted students competitively within racial groups, each of which is entitled to a percentage of the student body. The result of this is different standards for admission by members of various ethnic groups. He then proceeds to review the demands for multiculturalism, which leads to the abandonment of traditional classics to make room for works of women and contributions from non-western traditions. In doing this works whose value have been tested over decades or centuries are supplanted by clearly inferior works only because they represent contributions by members of underrepresented groups.. In faculty selection, standards have been established to ensure that certain groups are represented in various numbers in the academic departments. This creates both intellectual and practical problems.Read more ›
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Given that this book was written 25 years ago it's not at all difficult to see why the United States is having the problems it is having today, considering that most politicians... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Hilton Harris
I listened to the audible version of this book. While I do not share the authors political persuasion, I must give credit where it is due. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Seeking wisdom
Dinesh D'Souza is so much admired by his readers. He is always very
D'souza reviews the attempts to promote diversity at 6 major colleges in the early 90s.Published 12 months ago by Lee L. Blake
Very interesting explanation of how higher education has degenerated in America.Published 13 months ago by dblester
Although it dates from 1981, "D Souza exposes many of the abuses taking place (at a much greater rate) in our College and University campuses--debate is stifled and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ernesto L. Gonzalez
I received it on time. Well packaged. It's clean, readable and good. ThanksPublished on July 30, 2014 by GERALD I AKATA
D‘souza “dramatizes the transformation in academia through an examination of six episodes at different universities--Berkeley, Stanford, Howard, Michigan, Duke, and Harvard--which... Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by Ansen Plopbundle
I read this book shortly after it was published. It was a great book, and D'Souza writes good books just as he makes great movies.Published on July 17, 2014 by Robert V. Rose, retired education researcher