The criticisms of universities just keep on coming, on both sides of the Atlantic. In this article a Brit complains that university attendance has become less about education and more of a middle-class rite of passage, a time when “you can get drunk and not have to worry about going home,” in the words of a recruiter. In the U.S., this piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Camille Paglia has received a lot of attention this week. Paglia says liberal arts departments have made themselves irrelevant with “four decades of pretentious postmodernist theory and insular identity politics.” Yes, well, if your school is like that, there are other alternatives.
I find delicious irony in this story about a Harvard evolutionary psychologist getting caught faking his research. He probably got the idea from studying a chimpanzee and will say the DNA made him do it.
“Staycations” have become a semi-popular and rational response to the economic troubles of the last couple of years, but they have their detractors, such as this British journalist who can’t abide cold British summers. Well, Ms. Cavendish, have I got a deal for you! I’ll be more than happy to trade you the 100-degree, 80%-humidity summers in Montgomery, Alabama, for your dreary British weather, so whenever you want to swap houses for a few weeks in July or August, just let me know!
Here’s an article on the political implications of C.S. Lewis’s thought by David Theroux, who I believe is an officer in the C.S. Lewis Society in the United States. Theroux emphasizes Lewis’s adherence to the natural law tradition and opposition to utilitarianism and State-enforced egalitarianism.