These are probably the worst colleges in the country
The one good thing that has come from the horrible slaughter of innocents by Hamas on October 7th is that it has made obvious the bankruptcy of America’s so-called elite Ivy League colleges, suggesting without question that if you are either a high school student who wants to get a real education or an employer who wants to hire the best college graduates, these are not the places to find either.
The constrast was made very clear by two letters this week. First, more than one hundred universities nationwide issued a letter harshly condemning Hamas while expressing whole-hearted support for Israel.
We Stand Together With Israel Against Hamas
We are horrified and sickened by the brutality and inhumanity of Hamas. Murdering innocent civilians including babies and children, raping women and taking the elderly as hostages are not the actions of political disagreement but the actions of hate and terrorism. The basis of all universities is a pursuit of truth, and it is times like these that require moral clarity. Like the fight against ISIS, the fight against Hamas is a fight against evil. We, the presidents and chancellors of universities, colleges and higher education associations across the United States of America and the world, stand with Israel, with the Palestinians who suffer under Hamas’ cruel rule in Gaza and with all people of moral conscience. [emphasis in original]
Not surprisingly, none of the Ivy League schools as well as Stanford and the entire California university system signed on. Apparently the torture, rape, and murder of women and children is okay with these “elite” colleges, as long as it is Jewish women and children who are tortured, raped, and murdered.
The second letter directly addressed this lack of moral commitment by these so-called “elite” colleges, and did so by attacking Harvard in particular. On November 4, Bill Ackman, a billionaire hedge fund manager and Harvard alumni, published a 3,000+ word letter directed Harvard’s president, Claudine Gay, and the Harvard Corporation Board, strongly condemning Gay’s unwillingness to unequivocally condemn the oppressive culture on Harvard’s campus, as well as its growing anti-Semitism.
When you explained in your October 12th video address that Harvard “embraces a commitment to free expression,” you sent a clear message that the eliminationist and antisemitic statements of the protesters are permissible on campus. Putting aside the legal limitations on free speech that include restrictions on fighting words and true threats, “where speakers direct a threat to a person or group of persons with the intent of placing the victim in fear of bodily harm or death,” if Harvard indeed had a strong track record of protecting free speech, many would have taken your support for free speech more seriously. Unfortunately, Harvard has not embraced a serious commitment to free speech, particularly so in recent years.
In The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) Annual College Free Speech Rankings, Harvard has consistently finished in the bottom quartile in each of the past four years, with its ranking deteriorating each year. On September 23rd, just two weeks prior to October 7th, FIRE announced that Harvard achieved its lowest free speech ranking ever for the 2023 academic year, ranking last out of 254 universities, with a rating of 0.00, the only university with an “abysmal” speech climate. [emphasis mine]
Ackman went on to detail at length Harvard’s willingness to allow bigotry and censorship and even violence on its campus, then listed some no-nonsense actions it should take to quell this madness. It is definitely worth your time to read his whole letter, because it exhibits a forthright expression of moral clarity when such clarity is rarely seen.
Whether or not Harvard follows any of Ackman’s recommendations, the contrast between these two letters speaks volumes. It tells us that these “elite” colleges are vastly over-rated, and are not good places to obtain a proper college education. They do not teach, they indoctrinate. They do not teach critical thinking and open-mindedness, but narrow closed-minded thinking and an encouragement to retreat into “safe spaces.” They do not believe in free speech but in censorship and bigotry against all those they consider members of the wrong identity groups.
The evidence also tells us it is a mistake for top level companies to hire the graduates from these “elite” colleges, under the assumption these colleges produce “the best and the brightest.” Instead, it now appears they produce the worst and the dumbest, and for any company to pay such graduates top dollar for the country’s most important jobs is an act of foolishness indeed. The many recent examples of poor decisions and bad management in both government and large corporations suggests that these entities are suffering directly because of their over-reliance on individuals with Ivy League diplomas.
Both letters also tell us that there are many colleges out there that, while still seeped in the modern madness of critical race theory, are eagerly struggling with the problem and have begun to recognize the path to solving it. When they saw the evil committed by Hamas they quickly recognized it, and stood up to condemn it. No mealy-mouthed expressions of moral equivalency from them.
Students must consider these colleges over the Ivy League. Employees must do the same. We must abandon our old assumptions about the reputations of these schools, and see them in a more honest light.
The time has come for Americans to choose, using common sense, an open-mind, and a firm commitment to morality and justice. To do anything else will only guarantee more mass murders and a civilization driving mindlessly toward collapse.