A Dangerous Malware on Campus (National Radio Commentary, Salem/Townhall) February 25, 2016Posted by daviddavenport in Education, Op/Eds, Radio Commentaries.
This is David Davenport of the Hoover Institution for Townhall.com.
It looks like another crazy semester on American college campuses. One president has already resigned in the face of protests. Oregon’s largest college has announced a “whiteness history month” which some have called “white shaming.”
The most dangerous protests are those that seek to erase history. Princeton is considering protestor demands to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from one of its schools; Harvard Law School has a committee studying whether to delete its founding benefactor’s crest from their seal. Yale has removed portraits of Vice President John Calhoun and may rename Calhoun College.
All of this is a kind of malware that radical students are planting on campus. Once in the system, it seeks to erase the memory and history of anyone who, in their judgment, did not live by today’s superior moral standards. Their sin was living under the moral standards of their own time. Institutional founders, along with American founders, are now unmasked as villains, and not heroes.
Students should be learning from history, not judging it.
I’m David Davenport.
(Suggested Air Date: 2-24-2016)