01 May 2013

Dr. Thomas Sowell On Indoctrination In Academia

Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination. Moreover, it is largely indoctrination based on the same set of underlying and unexamined assumptions among teachers and institutions.

If our educational institutions – from the schools to the universities – were as interested in a diversity of ideas as they are obsessed with racial diversity, students would at least gain experience in seeing the assumptions behind different visions and the role of logic and evidence in debating those differences.

Instead, a student can go all the way from elementary school to a Ph.D. without encountering any fundamentally different vision of the world from that of the prevailing political correctness.

Moreover, the moral perspective that goes with this prevailing ideological view is all too often that of people who see themselves as being on the side of the angels against the forces of evil – whether the particular issue at hand is gun control, environmentalism, race or whatever. ~ Dr. Thomas Sowell [Emphasis mine.]

And, I would add, historiography.

More here.   

*I'm working on a lengthy post with a working title, "It's Not History - It's Sociology." Stay tuned.


Anonymous said...


There are 3 stories here, the main one and then the other 2 on the left side. Fascinating about the ring that was found and the gentleman that went to great lengths to return it to the descendants.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon - I think you meant to comment on another post there partner, but thanks for the link nonetheless.

EJ DAgrosa (HBG) said...

From Orwell: (Nineteen-Eighty Four)"Who controls the present, controls the past. Who controls the past, controls the future." The 'professionalization' of history was nothing more than an attempt to control history to advance a particular personal/political agenda. I find more and more that it is amateur historians who are more trustworthy. They typically owe no loyalty to organizations or political parties, and are driven not by agendas, but by a love of their subject.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

The left has politicized every thing in American culture - from history to weather patterns ("global warming"), to football. They are obsessed with politics and ideology. I've got a post coming up on this in regards to history. Nothing new of course, just a different angle which, I believe, it quite clarifying. Their own words damn them.