What to call him... Poseur? Fraud? Any word seems too urbane. Now Human Events' Mac Johnson discovers the perfect nomenclature:
Ward Churchill, Ethnic Drag Queen
Polipundit asks us to 'Compare and Contrast'
The article goes on to profile the case of Thomas Klocek, adjunct professor at DePaul Universitys School of New Learning, who lost his 14-year teaching position over an argument he had with two Palestinian advocacy groups during a 'student activities fair' in the cafeteria.
Ultra-left lunatic professor Ward Churchill, who called the victims of 9-11 little Eichmanns, goes around the country making speeches for thousands of dollars a pop. He is still a professor, of course.
By contrast, professors who make non-PC remarks that are patently true can get into deep trouble[...]
The Denver Post's Diane Carman tugs on 'SuperHank's cape'
The announcement that former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown will become president of the University of Colorado in August has produced effusive praise across the state. The governor, state legislators and editorial writers have gushed over the selection of the former president of the University of Northern Colorado and all-around nice guy.
Expectations are in the stratosphere.
It's as if the mild-mannered Brown is about to slip into a red cape and some blue tights and, faster than a speeding bullet, rescue CU from its 18-month- long public relations free-fall.
It would be nice.
We just discovered the excellent website Education Watch, one of many by a prolific Aussie high school and university teacher, John J. Ray
Every year about this time, high school students get letters of admission or rejection from colleges around the country. The saddest part of this process is not their rejections but the assumption by some students that they were rejected because they just didn't measure up to the high standards of Ivy U. or their flagship state university. The cold fact is that objective admissions standards are seldom decisive at most colleges. The admissions process is so shot through with fads and unsubstantiated assumptions that it is more like voodoo than anything else.
A student who did not get admitted to Ivy U. may be a better student than some or even most of those who did. Admissions officials love to believe that they can spot all sorts of intangibles that outweigh test scores and grade-point averages. Such notions are hardly surprising in people who pay no price for being wrong. All sorts of self-indulgences are possible when people are unaccountable, whether they be college admissions officials, parole boards, planning commissions or copy-editors.
Correction: the above-quoted material we attribute to John J. Ray is actually from an editorial written by townhall.com's Thomas Sowell. Mr. Ray was not plagiarizing; the error was entirely ours (we failed to see the "source" link at the foot of the posting). Our apologies to Mssrs. Ray and Sowell (and thanks to alert reader Doug Milligan for pointing out the error).
The Hawaii Reporter on campus speech codes
The cost of political correctness is not so much that students become ideologically warped or anti-American for life. Indeed college graduates are marginally more likely to be Republican than Democrat and significantly more likely to be independent. Rather it is the opportunity lost for learning through the disciplined application of reason and evidence. Instead students often focus on gaming the system. Douthat (2005) describes his own experience at Harvard. One of his illustrations concerned the requirement to write a 10-page paper on pair of artifacts from the early American West without doing any research on the cultures represented. Douthat had a dilemma. How could I eke out ten pages when I knew nothing about the provenance of the weapons or the significance of their markings? The paper was pathetically easy to write not despite the dearth of information but because of it. Knowing nothing meant I could write anything. I didnt need to do any reading, absorb any history, or learn anything at all. [He craftily sprinkled his essay with references to capitalism, violence and male domination.] the paper got an A.