Notre Dame Professor: Higher Education Is 'Drowning in BS'

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Notre Dame Professor: Higher Education Is 'Drowning in BS'


"I have had enough bullshit," wrote Notre Dame sociology professor Christian Smith in a recent piece about the systemic problems of American Higher Education.

"The manure has piled up so deep in the hallways, classrooms, and administration buildings of American higher education that I am not sure how much longer I can wade through it and retain my sanity and integrity."

This forward, in-your-face commentary on the state of today's higher education caught the attention of many in the realm of the Ivory bell tower, but should also serve as a wake-up call to those who don't follow higher ed as closely. Smith is sounding the alarm on the many problems plaguing modern day, American education.

In a phone interview with Red Alert Politics, Smith stated, "I've been learning about higher education since I went to graduate school ... there is much good, but also many institutional-level troubles."

Smith catalogues 22 specific instances of "BS" in higher education, mentioning a "loss of capacity to grapple with life's Big Questions," "the relentless pursuit of money and prestige," "a tenure system that provides guaranteed lifetime employment to faculty who are lousy teachers and inactive scholars," and "the grossly lopsided political ideology of the faculty of many disciplines ... creating a homogeneity of worldview to which those faculties are themselves oblivious, despite claiming to champion difference, diversity, and tolerance."

In fact, Smith believes academia is partly to blame for our current political climate of "dramatic political polarization, fake news, legislative paralysis, torrents of blatant lies told with impunity, violent radicals in our city streets, [and] scandalous ignorance of large swaths of Americans about the basic facts of our most pressing national problems."

"These are exactly what develop when even the 'educated' citizens of a country are for too many decades not educated well, and when the institutional centers of enlightened learning and debate become havens of ideology, intimidation, and mission drift," Smith writes. …

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