Capitulating to student demands

Submitted on Oct 2, 2017 by Don Taylor (Col ’74)

An academic institution exists to impart and develop knowledge. It is run by those who have knowledge, and attended by those who seek it. It is funded by its historic investments and a bit by current tuition. Public academic institutions also receive state and local government funds. It is administered by folks who have some experience and history related to administering academic institutions. Its policies and procedures are driven by experience, best practices, and guidance from institutions who have a vested interest in its operations.

An academic institution ought not be driven by the latest small crew of students who really have little idea of what it is to live and survive in life. If that crew is not content—if their social theory of the moment drives them to protest and demand something more than what they are experiencing in the academic institution—they are best shown the door, and refunded any tuition they themselves have antied up, to allow the vast majority of students who are there for what is offered to keep on profiting from that offering.

Please, administrators: just say no—prettily and politely, of course—to the malcontents.

The administrators—Presidents, Deans, Board of Visitors, etc—need to remember this, particularly when they ask the vast pool of their alumni to contribute.

The University—my University, our University, which awarded all of us some sort of a certificate of knowledge at the successful end of our terms here—has successfully eluded the madness descending on Western academia. Eluded, that is, until recently. Please, administrators, return the University to reason and sanity, and avoid the ignorance and illogic of the identity politics infecting our society.