There’s an old saying that makes its rounds at law schools across the country. The most talented law students become lawyers and eventually judges. Those who can’t make it as lawyers become professors. While this is meant as a derogatory statement students make about their law professors, there’s a bit of truth in it. No, I’m not suggesting that law professors are or were bad lawyers, but it’s no surprise that even in the relatively-conservative profession of the law, a majority of educators tend to lean left.

It’s much worse in other professions. I don’t have to convince you that higher education is a infested with leftist educators and administrators. Any debate about that reality has been thoroughly quashed in the last few years. Instead, it’s important for us to come up with a plan to address this issue going forward.

Here’s the biggest problem. They’re embedded. It would be nearly impossible for a conservative revolution to happen in college leadership or among professors because they already own the entire market. They run the schools. They run the departments. They hire and promote the professors they want and the vast majority of them are leftists. This is a problem that we won’t be able to solve from the top, so we have to address it from the bottom up.

We have to start with the students.

This is often framed as a challenge for America’s future, but that’s only half the story. As adults, we often view college students as relatively impotent. Perhaps in the past they were, though one can argue that most major movements in our history have started with passionate students operating within their collegiate environments. Today, they’re even more empowered because of social media. The always-on aspect of American society gives the professors and students a much louder megaphone. Instead of having to contest with bad television coverage from protests, we are now faced with a generation that has more reach than ever before. They can reach each other and they can reach the rest of the world.

To fight this, we have to do three things.

Prepare our Children

As a parent of a college student and another about to enter, I have been spending a great deal of time preparing them for the attempt at indoctrination they’re bound to experience. The only surefire way around it is to not send them to college (and yes, that’s a valid option in today’s economic construct). If you’re unwilling to do that, then it’s imperative that you get them prepared.

How it’s done is up to you. I was blessed with children who are quite discerning for their age. They both came to the conclusion that they were conservatives without me bombarding them with propaganda or putting posters of Ronald Reagan on their walls as children. When they had questions, I answered them. We’ve shown them the correctness of fiscal and social conservatism, but it must be taken a step further.

As good as conservative philosophies are to those who will listen, it’s still challenging to overcome the onslaught of leftist thoughts that they’ll experience in college. There’s no real way around it, so it’s important to do two things: prepare them before they go and be open to questions once they’re in the belly of the beast. So far I haven’t had to explain away any liberal ideas that started creeping into their mindset, but I’m prepared to do so at any point.

Call out Hypocrisy

The other bastion of liberal ideologies is the mainstream media. With few exceptions, they are also populated with a majority on the left. This makes for a great tag-team effort between schools and the media. The leftists at colleges make a fuss and the leftists in the media paint their fuss in a positive light.

It’s up to bloggers, video producers, and social media users to call them both out when they’re hypocrisy is apparent to us. Because of the nature of our situation, we can’t expect them to do it themselves. We’re the voice of dissent against leftist hypocrisy in higher education. The media will not do it for us.

Engage in Discourse

We’ve seen conservative speakers shunned by colleges across the country. This is no reason to stop trying. In fact, we need to do it more.

It’s not just up to public speakers who attempt to speak at colleges. We also need to be active on college forums. We should be replying and being the voice of reason on college publications. We should address them directly on social media. The best friend of leftist indoctrination is a silent right.

Can we convince a leftist professor that free markets yield better results than heavy regulations and obtuse tariffs? No. However, when we engage publicly with them, it’s the audience watching the exchange that has the opportunity to see the right way.

It’s not going to be easy to take on the leftist juggernaut of higher education in America, but it must be done. Conservatives can only win through legislation as long as we have enough voters putting conservatives in office. This will trend away from us if we let the left have carte blanche on the biggest future (and current) voting block.

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A student loan bailout is a dreadful idea–one that would cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

An estimated 5.3 million people are enrolled in repayment plans, with about $353 billion in outstanding student loans, according to the General Accounting Office. The GAO estimates that $215 billion, or only 61 percent of the debt, will be paid in full. Another $108 billion will be forgiven altogether, with the remaining $29 billion discharged because of death or disability.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump said he would make it even easier for students to let their payments slide. See https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/10/13/trump-just-laid-out-a-pretty-radical-student-debt-plan/

As a college professor for more than 20 years, I understand that student debt is a serious issue. But it doesn’t make sense to let borrowers off the hook. Students and their parents signed a contract for a loan to get money. If they borrowed money to buy a car or a house, they would have to repay the loan.

As Bloomberg columnist Noah Smith put it: “Students who take out loans don’t tend to follow the strict rational decision-making process that economists often blithely assume. In other words, they fail to calculate carefully whether it’s worth it to take out the loans, and they don’t have a good idea of what it will take to pay off the debt. Students who take out loans don’t tend to follow the strict rational decision-making process that economists often blithely assume. In other words, they fail to calculate carefully whether it’s worth it to take out the loans, and they don’t have a good idea of what it will take to pay off the debt….That mistake is increasingly being encouraged, aided and abetted by the U.S. government.”

Individuals have an option if they cannot pay their loans: bankruptcy. That’s a difficult lesson, but it may get people to think twice about meeting their commitments in the future.

It is also important to look at the underlying causes of student debt, such as the government regulations that create bloated administrative staffs.  Since I started in higher education in 1994, I have seen the expansion of administrative personnel to meet, in part, state and federal guidelines. For example, there were three administrative jobs at the first school I worked at. The second one had seven. My current school has more than 30 administrative staff members, including a dean, a senior associate dean, an associate dean, four assistant deans, a senior vice dean, a compliance officer and myriad other positions. Throughout the university, I have seen the addition of hundreds of people to fill administrative posts. It seems as though everyone has an assistant who also has an assistant.

Trump and his new secretary of education. Betsy DeVos, need to tighten the requirements to get loans and cut the federal regulations that result in colleges and universities expanding their administrative staff. Both of these actions would go a long way to reducing the cost of higher education and make students responsible for their financial decisions.


Christopher Harper worked as a journalist for more than 20 years. He teaches media law.

The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.

Thomas Sowell

It’s axiomatic in battle that first thing one should do if one’s enemies are destroying each other get out of the way and let them.

That’s why the more I think about what is going on at the various liberal universities, the more I think we need to let it happen. Here are some reasons why:

First: All the primary targets of all of these attacks, professors, college presidents, administrations are the entrenched liberals who helped create these systems, with the paucity of conservatives in these positions of there seems little point in trying to extract these people would happily see us be ruined from the consequences of their own mess.

Second because you are dealing with various liberal constituencies it is likely to divide them come election day. If you have black voters angry at progressive liberals, if you have feminists  Every single thing that causes liberals to stay home at the polls makes us stronger.

Third: The more these colleges fall apart the stronger the small conservative & Religious colleges our there like Hillsdale and St. Thomas Moore become attractive, both as a place to get an actual education and to steal a line from the left a “safe space” both for the geek science student who is terrified of saying the wrong thing being destroyed, the practical student who just wants to learn and to employers who want people who will actually work without drama.

Fourth: Just as Amazon revolutionized Shopping online education is in many ways a future of Education. The younger generation is already used to interacting with each other via their laptop, phone, game system and PC. It is a natural thing for education to head in that direction and a great chance for Conservatives to get in on the ground floor of this movement.

Fifth: The parents who send their children to these institutions vote. As they continue to collapse into insanity the parents who realize they are being scammed by these institution will have a choice, continue to accept it and be taken, or demand action. After all it’s their money and their children and if they’re happy to be fleeced it’s on them.

And finally like most people caught in destructive behavior you have to reach rock bottom before you realize where you are. None of these people will actually learn until they suffer the consequences of their actions so let them, like the fools they are, learn in that most harsh of classrooms, reality. Maybe with luck, some of the institution that aren’t so far gone may even change course before they reach that point. They have to get there themselves until it hurts they just plain wont.

Maybe once this happens, we can return and rebuild these institutions in the image of their founders but for now, I say let them burn.

Update: Glenn Reynolds:

In light of these campus scandals, will we see more, or less, human, financial, and reputational capital flowing to higher education in the future?

Update 2: AOSHQ

Academia delenda est.

Update 3: Jonah Goldberg gets it

And it is fitting. It is just. It’s almost frick’n Biblical in its justness. You see, there is precious little bigotry and prejudice on college campuses. But the bulk of what does exist is aimed almost entirely at the guys and gals chilling at the tailgate party. Pro-life Christians, Israel-supporting Jews, libertarian professors, conservative scholars, climate-change skeptics, traditionalists of every stripe including classical liberals, and, of course, people who can take a joke: These make up the bulk of the victims of campus bigotry and prejudice. I can’t tell you how many professors I’ve met who have to keep their conservatism secret, at least until tenure, if not forever. I’ve never met or heard of a faculty member who had to keep her Marxism on the down-low.

and some student’s think the fight is worth having:

Lastly, we are disappointed in students like ourselves, who were scared into silence. We are not racist for having different opinions. We are not immoral because we don’t buy the flawed rhetoric of a spiteful movement. We are not evil because we don’t want this movement to tear across our campuses completely unchecked.

We are no longer afraid to be voices of dissent.

Perhaps there is hope for the universities yet.
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By A.P. Dillon

Well, it would appear that an education outfit threw over $225k to Hillary Clinton for a speaking engagement back in March, 2014.

The article is short, go read it.

The outfit is called Academic Partnerships.  Their mission is the ‘globalization’ of everything Higher Education related.

Check out their advisory board.  As a Tarheel state resident, I noted former Governor and Common Core peddler, Jim Hunt, being on the list.

Bush and Hunt were also involved in a 2011 conference called, ‘Future of State Universities‘. Do not miss the video from Dr. Dick Ferguson (Former CEO of ACT) on ‘College Readiness’, with an introduction by Hunt touting the amazing Common Core.

Going back to the Hillary/Jeb Ed fest in 2014, Hunt helped put together this conference where Hillary raked in the cash. Note the creepy ‘one-world-order‘ type title of the conference:

The Globalization of Higher Education conference was put together by Bush and former North Carolina Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt, who’s worked with Clinton in the past
Politico, 3/24/2014

Not only was Clinton a speaker, Jeb Bush was too — and he invited her.

Former Republican Gov. of Florida Jeb Bush invited the former Democratic senator to the two-day event, marking their third appearance together this year. More than 250 leaders of both U.S. and international universities will continue to meet through Tuesday to discuss the potential American higher education has to serve millions of students around the world. Clinton was among the 15 speakers, who also include former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
MSNBC, 3/24/14

We know what Hillary was paid. Was Jeb paid too?  Also, where does the money for all of these high priced speakers come from? How does Academic Partnerships make their money? Academic Partnerships appears to be a for-profit company.

Jeb and Hillary are more alike than not. They are certainly arm in arm on Education, ‘globalization’ and Common Core.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is seemingly lost in a sea of Republican contenders for 2016.  While he hasn’t declared himself “in” yet, it has long been assumed that he will run for president in 2016.  Jindal has said he will wait until after the current Louisiana legislative session to declare (which probably means he’s in – why wait if it’s no?).  Maybe we need to wait for his new book to find out.

He may have missed his window.

Jindal won election to his last term as governor with a huge margin and was riding high in popularity.  That was then, this is now:

In 2011, when he ran for his second four-year term as governor, Jindal swept to victory with 66 percent of the vote. But a statewide opinion survey conducted two months ago showed his approval rating had plunged to 27 percent.

Jindal appears to be leaving the state in a financial mess; Louisiana is facing a huge budget shortfall.  He has decimated higher education and may not be finished cutting:

Republican Governor Bobby Jindal’s new budget plan proposes offsetting a $1.6 billion funding shortfall—caused in part by a decline in oil revenues—largely through budget cuts to higher ed. According to school officials, the cuts could add up to $600 million total, or 82 percent of the state’s funding for its colleges and universities, for the fiscal year that begins this July. It would amount to the biggest legislative downsizing ever faced by higher education in the U.S.

The Advocate is not optimistic about Jindal’s chances on a national stage:

His most high-profile Republican critic is the leading contender to succeed him as governor: U.S. Sen. David Vitter. Their feud — which seems both personal and political — goes back several years and has generated national publicity. Vitter was quoted this year in the New York Times as describing Jindal’s budgetary strategy as “this broken fiscal policy,” adding, “I don’t agree with his general approach.”

Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy a few months ago characterized Jindal’s state spending plan as a tricked-up confection of smoke and mirrors.

And Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, another Republican running to succeed Jindal, said at a forum, “Our budget has been full of sleights of hand — it’s almost a Ponzi scheme.”

None of this can be helpful to Jindal as a national candidate.

In the latest poll out of New Hampshire, Jindal is near the bottom of the barrel, sandwiched between Chris Christie and Rick Perry; Christie, incidentally, has suggested that man-made global warming is real – not a position many conservatives will applaud.

While it’s difficult to take Jindal too seriously as a top contender at this point, it is worthwhile to still keep his declining popularity at home in mind.  This isn’t to suggest he’s not a smart man (he is) and that he doesn’t have a role in any future Republican administration (he should), but simply a reminder to look past the smoke and mirrors and focus on his real record.  He’s done some good things for the state, but he’s made more than a few missteps.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Louisiana is one of the most beautiful states with some of the best food in the South, I believe.  You simply can’t beat the scenic bayous, cypress swamps, colorful azalea gardens, and the piney Kisatchie forest for natural scenery.  The smells of shrimp boats, seafood gumbo, spicy boiled crawfish, and sugary fried beignets waft throughout the state.  The music in our state is legendary: jazz, blues, zydeco, country, rock, you name it – we’ve produced superstars here.

Seems like paradise.

Seems like we ought to be rolling in the dough.  But, we aren’t.

Governor Jindal is meeting with legislators and working out details in his new budget and the reports are grim.  According to LSU President Dr. F. King Alexander, the university is preparing for an 82% state budget cut:

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed state spending plan for the next fiscal year takes more than $500 million away from state colleges and universities to help plug a $1.6 billion budget hole.

That’s an $80 million cut in state funding for LSU. Dr. Alexander said that could force LSU into bankruptcy, leading to faculty layoffs, tuition increases and 2,000 classes being canceled.

“These are all disheartening and very concerning issues that we’re dealing with on a daily basis,” Alexander said. “With our graduation rate being as high as it’s ever been and our numbers being higher than they’ve ever been, our reward for succeeding in such a fashion is to look at the largest budget reduction in the history of LSU or the history of any state.”

It’s a doomsday scenario to be sure, but with Louisiana dealing with one round of higher education cuts after another, they have cut to bare bones already.  Another round could indeed be a fiasco to our flagship university system and higher education institutions across the state.

It’s not just higher education that is falling under Jindal’s ax, either:  heath care is looking at major cuts as well.

Jindal’s budget for the Department of Health and Hospitals is dependent on funding that isn’t guaranteed; his plan requires twelve separate pieces of legislation must be passed and the odds of that happening are not good.  Jindal’s public-private hospital system is in jeopardy:

On Wednesday, we learned just how bad the health care crisis looms for the state. Louisiana is at a healthcare meltdown.  For one, the governor’s public-private hospital reform is for now, so uncertain and poorly funded, its future hemorrhages daily.

Meantime, the opening of the billion-dollar-plus University Hospital in New Orleans has been postponed because the cash well is dry.   The state’s healthcare industry is on the warpath.

All of this is the result of years of balancing the budget by juggling money from one pot to the other, all funding that is not guaranteed from one year to the next.  Now when all the pots are empty the whole game comes to a crashing close.

As Louisiana looks forward to new leadership, we are going to need a governor and a lieutenant governor who are fiscally responsible and can capitalize on the great assets of this state.

Jindal came in with great promise; he’s a brilliant man, but for too long his sights have been set on the national state rather than the job at home.  He’s spent as much time out of the state as in it and he has squandered opportunities.   He still has his fans and supporters, and personally, I remain certain that his future will lie in a cabinet position in Health and Human Services.

In the meantime, we hope our higher education systems can hang on and our population doesn’t make a mass exodus for the Texas border.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is raising the ire of higher education officials as he once again takes aim at higher education to balance the state’s budget.

Governor Jindal’s budget proposal is due at the end of February and one of the options he’s said to be considering right now is stripping at least $300 million (some say $371 million) from Louisiana’s higher education system.  This doesn’t sit well given the fact that he’s already cut that system to bare bones as it is.

Louisiana is facing a budget shortfall of about $1.4 billion dollars for next year, due in part to dicey budget techniques employed in the past (property sales and other one-time allocations), dropping oil prices, the dry-up of federal disaster funding after a series of hurricanes, and an increase in state services, among other things.

The governor is looking to make across the board cuts but for higher ed.; this is becoming an old and tiresome step.  Since 2008, higher education has already been cut by $700 million:

State financing for higher education in Louisiana has been cut by about $700 million since 2008, with only part of that offset by tuition increases on students.

With a more than 34 percent reduction over five years, no other state in the nation has cut higher education financing more than Louisiana, according to Grapevine, which tracks state support for colleges and is overseen by Illinois State University’s Center for the Study of Education Policy.

Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley vows to fight Jindal’s proposal and says he will not support or vote for such a proposal – a feeling shared among many legislators throughout the state.

Meanwhile, President Obama is promoting free community college for all – if the states can’t pay for what we already have, how can we pay for another unfunded entitlement program?  Free college?  Let’s get them free cars and houses, too!  Why not?

There are people who watch these things closely in Louisiana and believe that part of the problem is the “surrealism of Louisiana’s budget cuts”; he does this periodically but over the past calendar year it has been especially bizarre. Jindal has issue a series of hiring and expenditure freezes which have been arbitrarily applied.  However, we do see that he’s not just cutting higher ed., there’s also juvenile services, veterans affairs, the department of corrections in the list.

All in all, it would seem that Louisiana’s fiscal mess needs a complete overhaul, but continuing to put so much of the burden on the back on higher education doesn’t seem to be the answer.

Pat Austin also blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.