Or, as I call them, the precious little asshats.
National Association of Scholars executive director Ashley Thorne writes to note that NAS has just published a long, formal statement by NAS president Peter Wood about academic and intellectual freedom. It runs close to 11,000 words and is the most extensive statement NAS has ever made on the subject. Ashley adds:
This is a long-meditated response to the Black Lives Matter/cry-bully protests and the anemic responses of many college presidents and non-responses of many college boards of trustees. Peter saw the need for a framework that crisply lays out how intellectual freedom should work in relation to the other foundational principles of the university, and that’s what he has attempted here.
While the statement is of most direct relevance to faculty members, administrators, and trustees, it is a useful document for conscientious citizens as well—for anyone who cares about the true purposes of college education at a time when so many colleges have lost sight of their missions. So I thought the Power Line community might like to consider it. More.
Reality check: It tells you everything that this is a “conservative” scholars’ association. At one time we just called that type of person a “scholar.”
The non-“conservative” scholars, if not doing something useful in the STEM fields, are too busy making use of their newly acquired junior jackboots, both now and in the days when they graduate into an idle, resentful urban mob.
See also: Asscrat U prez says no to junior jackboots? Unbelievable. But strange things do happen.
The No More Free Daycare at the U movement