“There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them,” noted 1984 author George Orwell. Yet even he might be surprised at what passes for scholarship at today’s American colleges. And many parents certainly would be shocked to learn what their $35,000 to $120,000 — the current average public/private cost of four-years’ college tuition and fees — is buying.
A good example is a new course offering at Arizona State University concerning the “Problem of Whiteness.” While the class syllabus isn’t available online, Campus Reform’s Lauren Clark tells us, “According to the class description on ASU’s website, students will be reading The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, Critical Race Theory, Everyday Language of White Racism, Playing in the Dark, and The Alchemy of Race and Rights.”
Clark also appeared in a Friday segment of Fox and Friends, where she spoke to co-host Elizabeth Hasselback. As TalkingPointsMemo.com wrote of the exchange:
“All of these books have a disturbing trend and that's pointing to all white people as the root cause of social injustices for this country,” Clark said.
Hasselback then asked Clark whether ASU would dare offer a course called “The Problem With Blackness” or “The Problem With Being Female.”
“I don't think that would fly at the university,” Clark responded.… “Having a class that suggests an entire race is the problem is inappropriate, wrong, and quite frankly, counter productive.”
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