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President Patrick Harker announces the university is dropping it’s ideological thought reform program. FIRE has the details. (via Instapundit)

10:49:25 pm EST

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Boy, am I ever glad we’re about to enter the final stretch of having to deal with and give money to public colleges and universities!

According to FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) the University of Delaware has an ideological reeducation program:

The University of Delaware subjects students in its residence halls to a shocking program of ideological reeducation that is referred to in the university’s own materials as a “treatment” for students’ incorrect attitudes and beliefs. The Orwellian program requires the approximately 7,000 students in Delaware’s residence halls to adopt highly specific university-approved views on issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy, and environmentalism.

Some of the details of this program are unbelievable. Read the whole thing.

Then I recalled another story I read last week. The University of Delaware has big problems.

Both articles were via Instapundit, who noted on the reducation camp story:

They told me that if George W. Bush were re-elected, we’d see loyalty oaths and ideological crushing of dissent on America’s campuses. And they were right!

Great stuff! Are you reading Professor Reynolds every day yet? Why not?

3:49:00 pm EST
UPDATE (7:00 pm EST): Then there’s this (which I read a few days ago) regarding the College of William and Mary. There’s even an online Bias Reporting form to anonymously file a report on someone.

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Not so much. (via Instapundit)

I’ve noticed for a long time now that “it’s good for me but not for thee” as far as liberals are concerned on just about everything.

6:22:00 pm EST

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25 American universities are participating. There’s a lineup of incredibly knowledgeable speakers. Check out all the links at Gateway Pundit.

11:50:02 am EST
UPDATE (11:54:00 am EST): Forgot to mention there has already been trouble for the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative group, at George Washington University. Gateway Pundit has two posts on it here and here. Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University, dealt with it by first promising those who created and distributed the poster would be punished; until, that is, he discovered it was really a bunch of leftist students who were the culprits.

Last week’s Knaves were the seven GW students who posted satirical anti-Muslim posters around campus, which were wrongly atttributed to the conservative Young America’s Foundation. This week, Mr. Knapp takes dubious honors for vowing consequences but giving the kid-gloves treatment once it emerged that the offending students were not young conservatives, but a bunch of left-wingers seeking to portray the foundation as a nest of bigots.

When the posters were first discovered, Mr. Knapp, unable to recognize them for what they were, called them “reprehensible” and said: “There is no place for expressions of hatred on our campus.” That clearly doesn’t apply when “expressions of hatred” are meant to smear a conservative group. Late last week, after the perpetrators came forward, the university announced that all disciplinary issues would be handled by the Student Judicial Services, and not the administration. University police have closed their investigation. In fact, the students may escape punishment altogether because GW’s “hate speech” provisions do not extend to political affiliation.

Young America’s Foundation remains the school’s target. School administrators demanded something like a loyalty oath, in which the foundation promised “that you will not allow hate speech to be a part of any [group] events, literature, written or verbal communication planned for Islamofacism Week.” When you’re afraid of the guilty at GW, you punish the innocent.

For his cowardice when confronted by troublemakers, Stephen Knapp is the Knave of the Week.

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It’s that simple. (h/t Instapundit)

7:34:18 pm EST

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Yeah, you heard me right. He was too easy on a certain blogger whose pessimism, “whoa is us” attitude, and general snarkiness I’ve been complaining about for several months now.

Eeyorepundit. Hah! It fits perfectly.

The discussion is good after Uncle Jimbo’s post. And, here’s the link to the Victor Davis Hanson article, Why Study War, mentioned by jordan in the comments. It’s long, but well worth your time as it discusses why the teaching and study of military history is so important and needs to be restored at our colleges and universities.

11:18:03 am EST

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Embedding them as cultural advisors with the military in Afghanistan and Iraq? The thought of this makes me rather nervous. Seems to me it’d be like having Ramsey Clark-type lawyers embedded with and looking over the shoulders of every squad in a firefight. Although, as becomes evident in the article, only academics with open minds and an actual desire to do something to help Afghanis and Iraqis are likely to sign up for this Pentagon initiative called the Human Terrain System. For the rest of academia, the idea of putting aside ideological and cultural differences with the military is heresy, and attacks on the heretics have commenced.

(h/t Instapundit)

6:49:35 pm EST

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