We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What is the goal of "higher education"? Meaning college. I would say that it is the ability to write clearly, which means to think clearly; to know a ton of stuff about all sorts of things; to know Shakespeare, the Bible, geology, calculus (which also means to be able to think clearly) and Locke and Aquinas etc., and I could go on and on.
Kalthoff at American Spectator reports that the old goals have been co-opted by the moonbats. That is not news, thanks to good ol' Dave Horowitz, but Kalthoff does a good job with the theme. One quote:
Universities were not created to encourage diversity or throw parties in its honor. Rather, they were founded upon the principle that ascertainable Truth exists. These days many conservatives seek to reform higher education by demanding that universities practice their professed diversity. These conservatives grant the diversity crowd's premise. Then they beg, in the name of fairness, for a seat at the table. They plead, "Let us traditionalists, let us strict constitutional constructionists, and let us defenders of Intelligent Design Theory have seats beside the queer theorists, the professors of deconstructed whiteness studies, and the post-Marxist feminist evolutionary biologists."
This tactic betrays the historic purpose of higher education, which is not to give every view a place at the table. The university ought to be concerned with truth, not diversity. Giving every side an equal say denies that some things are actually higher and more worthy than others. Universities exist to serve the higher things -- the pursuit, preservation, and propagation of the Truth. Alongside this goal stands the traditional aim of American colleges to foster virtue, both moral and intellectual.
My wide and I attended a Liberal liberal arts college. No truths learned except how much beer I can consume. Beyond meeting my future wife, little value in the whole thing.
Graduate business school actually had useful lessons and real truths. No bullshit professor who made more money on the side than from their university salaries. Almost no political correctness or diversity nonsense.