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.
The story of the Dartmouth alumni rebellion has been well-covered in the blogosphere, especially by Dartmouth alums like Volokh, Roger Simon, and the Powerline dudes. Recently, the WSJ decided to highlight the story, as reported by Volokh.
It's an important story not only because Dartmouth is an important college: it's important because it sets an example for what alumni groups at other colleges could do when they are displeased by what is being done to their alma mater.
In an era in which the tenured radicals and anti-traditionalists use their colleges and universities as laboratories for social engineering and experimentation, many alumni tend to feel dismayed, but helpless.
Strangely - but not strangely - the Dartmouth administration is seeking to crush those who do not hew to the Party Line. The Party Line, at the moment, is to change the rules so that petition candidates cannot be elected as trustees. Their use of "push-polling" and intimidation are among the methods which are being applied.
That sets one heck of an example for the academic ideal of diversity of opinion and considering different viewpoints. Woops - I forgot. Those ideals are just an antiquated, un-progressive, and obsolete tradition.
It's not just about setting an example for other higher education institutions - it's about setting examples for all levels of education. The teacher's colleges take their cues from the Ivies. The entire anti-traditionalist, political-correctness dhimmitude, dumbing-down, feel-good, social-engineering movement in primary school has been inspired by what the big guys do and say, and not just by their own socio-political agendas. One sobering example from a teacher patient of mine (a fellow who uses the subjunctive properly), who told me on Friday that the public schools in MA no longer teach grammar. It's too difficult for the kids, and it's elitist!
If that's difficult and elitist, then try taking Physical Chemistry.
I am interested in collecting information on the many women, who have been elevated to leadership roles during the past 15 years . I am discovering that many of them were not properly experienced, nor properly trained to assume the great burden of "leadership". The trend began in academia and has extended into some corporations--Hewlett Packard comes to mind--and the same group and their same strategy is now in the progress of destryong the Episcopal Church. Having said that I include below a copy of an article that appears in today's Chronicle of Higher Education.
Former President of U. of Colorado, Elizabeth Hoffman, to Become No. 2 Official at Iowa State U.
Elizabeth Hoffman, who resigned under fire last year as president of the University of Colorado System, was named executive vice president and provost of Iowa State University on Wednesday.
She will take office on January 1, 2007.
The appointment represents a homecoming for Ms. Hoffman, who was an economics professor and dean at Iowa State from 1993 to 1997. She also was provost at the University of Illinois at Chicago and held faculty posts at Colorado, following her resignation; at Northwestern and Purdue Universities; and at the Universities of Arizona, Florida, and Wyoming.