A sound education is a jolly good thing. The extraordinary advances in knowledge over the past 100 years has ensured a need for old and hoary theories to give way so that the light of reason and evidence can these days shine through all the superstition and old-wives tales of past eras.
No longer is blood-letting taught as a useful medical procedure, although there are still leeches around: some with tenure. Alchemy has been brought into the Modern Era with the far better spent tens of billions of dollars being sunk into finding quarks and bosons, giving fresh hope for fame and fortune-telling to many bright students who would otherwise be engaged in astrology.
Transmutation of base metals into gold has done an about face with gold being transmuted to base metals which can at least be used for modern communications.
The traditional discourse has continued thank goodness, facilitating Professorial challenges to ideas and efforts and honing the best minds. Self-criticism is practiced, usually using other people's selfs when the odd perfect professor needs insight. There are still odd professors. And wearing odd socks.
One such came to our attention in the Tavern recently. This perfect Prof at the University of North Carolina had offered a small criticism to another presumably imperfect Professor who comes here for a pint every so often.
Apparently my good customer has offended grievously and had 'embarrassed' the Profession and the UNC, not just the Professor. The critic, ever mindful of maintaining standards had even suggested a remedy, which fell just a bit short of defenestration.
The criticised chap with the odd socks had made what appears to be an old -fashioned, pre-enlightenment statement about old wives, and indeed old husbands, which could not be let past the Diversity-Uniform-socks goalie.
The 'traditional' Professor Mike Adams penned a reply, which fell into the hands of a customer.
Professors prefer writing, so that others may 'cite' them. The Citation Index is a measure of academic success, so quite a few academics were very happy to see their activities mentioned.
I want to take the time to thank you for writing and telling me that I should be fired from my position as a tenured professor because I am “the biggest embarrassment to higher education in America.”
I also want to thank you for responding when I asked you exactly how you arrived at that conclusion.
Your response, “because you insist that marriage requires one man and one woman,” was both helpful and concise.
Well, I think we can all agree that harking back to the bad old days could ruffle a few modernist feathers. And boy do they like feathers. Peacocks in particular.
While I respect your right to conclude that I am the biggest embarrassment to higher education in America, I think you’re wrong.In a Uni, that is 'fightin' talk'.
In fact, I don’t even think I’m the biggest embarrassment to higher education in the state of North Carolina. But since you’re a liberal and you support “choice” – provided we’re talking about dismembering children and not school vouchers for those who weren’t dismembered – I want to give you some options.
In fact, I’m going to describe the antics of ten professors, official campus groups, and invited campus speakers in North Carolina and let you decide which constitutes the biggest embarrassment to higher education.In the spirit of open classrooms, and bars, you are invited to decide from the options too. You can send your preferred one in as a comment.
1. In the early spring semester of 2013, a women’s studies professor and a psychology professor at Western Carolina University co-sponsored a panel on bondage and S&M.
The purpose of the panel was to teach college students how to inflict pain on themselves and others for sexual pleasure.
When you called me the biggest embarrassment in higher education, you must not have known about their bondage panel.
Maybe you were tied up that evening and couldn’t make it.
2. At UNC Chapel Hill, there is a feminist professor who believes that women can lead happy lives without men. That’s nothing new.
But what’s different is that she thinks women can form lifelong domestic partnerships with dogs and that those relationships will actually be fulfilling enough to replace marital relationships with men.
I can’t make this stuff up, Ed. I don’t drop acid. Well, at least not since the late 1980s. But I promise this story is real and not an LSD flashback.
3. At Duke University, feminists hired a “sex worker” (read: prostitute) to speak as part of an event called the Sex Workers Art Show.
After his speech, the male prostitute
pulled down his pants, got down on his knees, and inserted a burning sparkler into his rectum.
While it burned, he sang a verse of “the Star Spangled Banner.”
I believe that stripping incident was almost as embarrassing as the other one involving the Duke Lacrosse team.
4. A porn star was once paid to give a speech at UNCG.
The topic was “safe sodomy.”
After her speech, the feminist pornographer sold autographed butt plugs to students in attendance.
I’m not sure whether the ink could contribute to rectal cancer. I’m no health expert. But I do know it was pretty darned embarrassing when the media picked up on the story.
5. A few years ago at UNC-Chapel Hill, a feminist group built a large vibrator museum in the middle of the campus quad as a part of their “orgasm awareness week.”Is anyone beginning to notice a pattern here? Where is a dot-joiner when you need one?
I think that was probably the climax of the semester, academically speaking. But they certainly weren’t too embarrassed to display a vibrator that was made out of wood back in the 1920s.
Keep your batteries charged, Ed. We’re about halfway done.
6. A feminist administrator at UNC-Wilmington sponsored a pro-abortion event.
During the event they sold tee shirts saying “I had an abortion” to students who … well, had abortions.
That’s right, Ed. The students were encouraged to boast about the fact that they had killed their own children.
That’s how the UNC system is preserving the future of our great Tar Heel state.
7. The following semester, that same (feminist) UNCW administrator sponsored a workshop teaching students how to appreciate their orgasms.
I learned art appreciation in college. Today, college kids are taught orgasm appreciation.
I will let you decide whether that’s an embarrassment to higher ed., Ed.
8 A few years ago, a UNCW English professor posted nude pictures of under-aged girls as a part of an “art exhibit” in the university library.You might wonder if this was a feminist professor just in English disguise. Read on.
The Provost then ordered the nude pictures to be moved away from the library and into the university union.
This decision was made after several paedophiles had previous been caught downloading child pornography in the university library just a few yards away from the location of the display.
The English professor was incensed so she asked the Faculty Senate to censure the provost for violating her “academic freedom.”
The faculty senate sided with the feminist professor. The provost was later pressured to leave the university.I guess that puts paid to the wondering.
9. A different feminist professor at UNCW accused a male professor of putting tear gas in her office.
She was later caught putting her own mail in a microwave oven.
She did this because she thought people were trying to poison her with anthrax and that the oven would neutralize the toxins.
She was not placed on leave for psychiatric reasons.
Instead, she was designated as the university’s official “counter terrorism” expert.
10 And then there is Mike Adams. He thinks marriage is between a man and a woman.
So those are the choices, Ed. You can simply write back and tell me which of these professors, groups, or guest speakers has caused “the biggest embarrassment to higher education” – either in North Carolina or in America altogether.
Or you can just concede that our system of hire education is the real embarrassment because it has been hijacked by radical feminism.
And please pardon any puns – especially those that take the form of ms-spelled words.
I am not too sure just how much education young people get at University these days, but I have a good idea of just what it is they are being force-fed.
There are Feminists occupying Professorial positions in Oz Universities, but most do not go in for the sort of lunacy shown above. Well, not often. We did have a 'program' run by a feminist in Melbourne that had young women stripping to the buff for invited photographers so that they could 'earn' money for the Department.
And a feminist Professor up in Queensland recently made the papers for her outrageous remarks. But I will save those for another time.
What we do have however is rampant Marxism of the 'Cultural' sort, complete with such intellectual 'tools' as Deconstruction' and 'Critical Analysis' boiler-plated from the Frankfurt School. Virtually the entire 'Humanities' in Oz is a left-wing dictatorship, feeding into the Media.
The Universities in the US are funded differently from Oz Unis. Here the vast amount of Public Monies coerced from the unwilling pockets of taxpayers fund most academic positions. Hundreds if not thousands of highly paid academics reef Billions from 'research grants' handed out by a left-dominated, Government overseen Bodies.
It is a rort of immense dimension which even feeds into the Sciences.
Oz is the only country that can outdo America in 'False Prophets' in the Global Warming Scam. They have had a far greater economic impact on the country, propelling scare-mongering, wasted taxes and financial penalty on the public and opportunity for 'Green subsidies' that would make your eyes water. Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore would be green with jealousy.
And the Black-armband 'Indigenous' scam is alive and well here. At a rough guess there are more 'white' academics feeding off the indigenous teat than there are indigenous folk here getting a brass razoo.
Young people get more an Indoctrination here than anything one could call an education.
There is far better food and drink for the mind and soul in this Tavern, and we don't even get a taxpayer subsidy nor send a student an enormous bill.