While most Americans made their minds up about Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 attacks upon the United States, academics are still grappling with their views of the terrorist leader and his followers four years after the 9/11 massacres.
The Animal Liberation Front, one of the most serious domestic terror threats according to the FBI, has been wreaking havoc on universities for years, causing millions of dollars in property damage by raiding research laboratories, but now a professor of philosophy is accused of helping support their terrorism.
When disaster strikes, people say and do rash things, especially when they are professors in Ivy League universities more than a thousand miles away from the wreckage.
On the face of it, Catholic teaching would seem to be as compatible with Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution as classical music devotees would be with the audience at a grunge rock concert, but there has been a rapprochement over the course of the past decade.
When professors go outside their subject areas, the results are usually not pretty. Take the case of philosophy professor Barbara Forrest, called on to challenge the scientific theory of intelligent design in fora academic and legal.
Conservative and libertarian professors and students find themselves up against the wall when defending their free speech rights largely because of the so-called guardians of academic freedom.
In the fabled past, students in colleges and universities were penalized for giving an incorrect answer on an exam, now they risk a lower grade if they don’t.
Colleges and universities spend billions on women’s studies programs, mostly at the taxpayers’ expense, but coeds are avoiding these programs to a greater extent than television viewers avoid the WB.
By every conceivable measure, the environment is getting better, not worse, with time but most college professors are reluctant to acknowledge the improvement, particularly on their own campuses.
Every year, millionaire college presidents and lobbyists come to Washington, D. C. to plead for more federal money from American taxpayers in order to educate the public but you get a different story when you actually go to a few college towns.