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NOTE TO PRINCETON ALUMNI

 

 

I believe the Princeton Alumni Weekly should, as one of its purposes, enable communication between alumni. I have twice had articles rejected that I specifically wrote for PAW and the other alumni. (One is now “9: Philosophy Weeps” on this site. The other is "Education's Intellectual Machinery Is Broken," now on American Thinker) These articles are serious, important work, and good writing. Some of my earlier pieces for PAW (e.g., "1: English and Education") got a lot of fan mail. I have to assume the rejections were based on political censorship. 

 

"By alumni for alumni..." Really?

  

 

So this note is a roundabout way of perhaps reaching a few alumni that I was prevented from reaching in PAW. If you’re interested in education reform and see some way we can be strategic allies, please get in touch.

  

 

Generally speaking, I’m sorry that Princeton seems to be going out of its way to be “liberal.” I’m not sure you can have a great university unless you remain slightly conservative--against the dictates of political fashion, in favor of longer historical perspectives. At the very least, I would like Princeton to remain resolutely in the center.

  

 

Real liberalism would demand that children be educated to each one’s maximum potential. That is my philosophy, and the goal of my work. Princeton and I should be on the exact same page. So it’s troubling when we are not. 

 

 

 

 

 

For example, when Arne Duncan came to Princeton to promote Common Core, it was not appropriate for the president of the University to cheer him on. CCSS was a new, untested, somewhat gimmicky concoction. Princeton gives up intellectual prestige by seeming too close.

 

As I reflect back on the Education Wars, I've become more convinced that the elite universities failed the country by not taking a stand against the worst excesses of our K-12 education commissars. I have begun to develop a general thesis that the intellectual have's should be more protective of the intellectual have-not's. Here is one expression of that thesis. "Princeton, Harvard, and Yale can help improve K-12 education."  

 

 

 
 
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