At this time, all football fans at the University of Alabama know that coach Nick Saban thinks that praising the Crimson Tide too much from the media is like giving players "rat poison." It emphasizes self-discipline, hard training and preparation, a relentless effort for excellence. – As the basis for success in the field, and fear of external praise will cause your players to lose their focus on maintaining those work habits and continue to improve.
I guess Saban's advice for his team is not to be distracted by polls, enthusiastic fans and media praise that would undermine his training and plans. But while Saban's formula works and the soccer team stands out, the university seems to be going in a different direction.
The "brand" is a modern affectation between institutions of all kinds and the AU, which currently uses the theme "Where legends are made", is no exception. However, one can breathe too much of his own emanations, and the endless list of great achievements, such as Saban rat poison, can be detrimental to higher education, which is education, not celebrations of achievements and virtues. Let others do that.
In addition, most of today's universities and colleges are dedicated to "diversity, equity and inclusion", not excellence. In the press release announcing the creation of a new office – Vice President and Associate Rector for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – it was described as "critical to support the strategic objective of the university for an inclusive and diverse community", which includes more emphasis on "Development of cultural competencies for all teachers, staff and students", whatever that means. "Cultural competencies" are probably the code to make diversity, not excellence, the ultimate goal of the university.
Let me suggest that this is not what life is about. It's about working and making good decisions, all of which comes from your church, your family and your education. I am not in charge of where you worship, nor am I your closest family, but I have been going around education for about half a century, which makes me win a seat in the stands among those ancients who no longer matter. , or a place among those who, by virtue of experience, may still have enough sense to change the recipe of education and restore their proper function. That is educating, challenging, teaching, not making you feel good about yourself based on your sex, race, ethnicity, ability or the color of your eyes.
If you feel discriminated against or challenged or offended or in any way excluded from the table of American civilization, contact your politicians and leaders in religious, economic, governmental, social and other institutions in the country. If you want to study and learn, put aside your prejudices for a while and look for a college or university that, as the Air Force recruitment announcement says, "aim [s] high."
Richard Vedder, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Ohio, in an article published last spring in the Wall Street Journal, wondered why universities cost much more today and students learn so little, summarizing that "students don't they study a lot [and] teachers teach little ”in modern universities dedicated to diversity rather than excellence.
And he admits that "I assign much less reading, demand less writing and give better grades than two generations ago." If you read about universities that do great things, a lot of it is breathing its own steam.
In a "street man" survey on the Texas University of Technology campus a few years ago, students had little idea of who won the Civil War, who we fought to win our independence and who was vice president. You can find it on You Tube. Did you know the answers to "what program is Snookie in?" And who Angela Jolie was married to, now and before. These young people are not stupid or cultural voids. They simply have little idea of what can be culturally important in our historical life as a nation.
Why are administrators and teachers not doing something about it? Teachers teach much less today than in 1965: three classes a week, compared to two today. And what are the administrators doing? How effective are they? Surely there are more of them. "In 1970," Vedder wrote, "in a typical university there were perhaps two professors for each administrator. Today, there are generally more non-teaching administrators than teachers. "
There are exceptions to this image of a swollen bureaucracy, underperforming students, general mediocrity and selfish pronouncements.
But, as a set of data from the Department of Labor suggests, today "students spend more time on recreation and partying than academics."
Well, what needs to be done? If diversity and other non-academic efforts are eclipsing excellence and students are not really learning what they need to learn, what exactly do they need to learn? Socialism, communism, Marxism, gifts for all, administered by enlightened bureaucrats in Washington?
This is so out of line with the United States to be ridiculous. If you think this is exaggerated, check your children's curriculum in K-12 to college.
Larry Clayton is a retired professor of history at the University of Alabama. Readers can send an email to [email protected]
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