Friday, November 11

Churchill a model for "Shock Value" Lecture Techniques

Read this article on FrontPage Magazine by Kyle Ellis. I wish more people talked about Academic freedom. Being a conservative in college can be a very frustrating experience. This is why.
Like Churchill, Wolfe declared himself a proponent of “shock value” as an essential teaching tool. Elaborating on his distinctive understanding of academic freedom, Wolfe stated that “there is also a value of what I call ‘shock value’ teaching—that is, when a teacher purposely takes a provocative stance in order to jolt students out of places.” As if to demonstrate the point, Wolfe went on to present a composition by the Australian musician and left-wing political activist Martin Wesley-Smith. Entitled “Weapons of Mass Distortion,” it was a snide and cynical attack on the U.S. liberation of Iraq. Wolfe even played a score on his saxophone to accompany the visual graphics. Discussing the work, Wolfe acknowledged that it was little more than political propaganda. Nonetheless, he stressed that it was “compelling and highly effective.”

Even as he made time for second-rate anti-American propaganda, Wolfe did not attempt to address the allegations made by his critics. Never did he explain why a professor whose doctorate is in higher education was qualified to teach a course demanding an expert knowledge of the social, economic and political underpinnings of war and peace. Other than providing a telling illustration of the form, Wolfe also failed to explain why political indoctrination was appropriate for a university classroom. And while he paid lip service to the principles of academic freedom, including students’ “right to non-discriminatory treatment” and “the right to be graded fairly,” he declined to account for his role in violating both.

Those omissions will likely pass unnoticed by the university. When Students for Academic Freedom publicized the revelations of Wolfe’s biased curriculum and his conspicuous lack of academic credentials last year, the university chose to look the other way. It seems intent on continuing that tradition. Indeed, according to Rachel Kraus, a Ball State sociology professor who coordinated Wolfe’s recent lecture, he will present the same talk at several other universities throughout the next year. That means more university students will now be afforded the spectacle of Professor Wolfe dilating on matters on which he can claim no special knowledge while railing against American foreign policy and dismissing all adversarial points of view as the “extremism” of his political persecutors. Come to think of it, it will be a lot like taking his course at Ball State.

Ward Churchill and the Front Range follies

The latest chapter in the Front Range saga is that one of the scholars assigned to reviewing Churchill's work has quit the committee. This was reported by the Denver Post.
The resignation of one of the scholars appointed to a committee investigating University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill could delay the inquiry, a committee official said Thursday.
Bruce Johansen, it seems, resigned under public pressure regarding a conflict of interest.
Bruce Johansen, professor of Native American studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, resigned from the committee this week after an anti-Churchill Web site suggested Johansen would be prone to "mutual back-scratching" because Churchill endorsed a book he edited.
More delays don't help though. CU needs to get this committee moving and get the investigation completed, so us taxpayers can stop paying for this sort of nonsense.

Wednesday, November 9

France: Values do matter

I have not commented much on the situation in France, because I have never been there. But, as the conversation goes towards the effects of immigration, the challenge of assimilation, and all the related issues, I find the topic important in how it relates to our own immigration challenges.

No doubt there is a HUGE difference between Muslim immigrants in France and our own immigrants. The main difference, is the worldview and value system. Immigrants from Central and South America primarily have a Judeo-Christian worldview, rooted in Catholicism. The major challenge we face is probably language.

Albert Mohler focused in on the root of the issue, the value system:
Ever since the French Revolution, France has attempted to create a truly secular society. In one sense, they have been hugely successful. Active Christianity is embraced by very few French citizens. But, as is always the case, secularism creates a vacuum at the very center of civilization. These rioting young men want to fill that vacuum with Muslim rage. Secularism has consequences.

I'm not saying secularism (though that is part of it) is our problem, but rather does the value system we espouse hinder proper assimilation and integration of our immigrants?

I, for one, think that welfare mentality, lawsuits run amok, and entitlement attitudes are the things that are poisoning some of our immigrants from becoming hard working, integrated individuals.

Of course, its not all this simple. There are a lot more issues that are challenging our culture, from the battle for life, to the idea of small government. But it all comes down to the values we adopt and transmit to new immigrants. They learn quickly.

Tuesday, November 8

54% of Latino households subscribe to pay TV

This via IconoWatch. Considering the level of media consumption, Latino's may be assimilating a lot more than people realize, just perhaps in all the wrong ways.
About 54% of Latino households subscribe to pay TV, vs. about 85% of the general population. LATINO LOOP 10.21.05