Yes, indeed, sustainability has become the new coin of the realm. Just try challenging the new orthodoxy. In the words of the National Association of Scholars (NAS), sustainability has become "higher education's new fundamentalism."
What? The Left isn't interested in open, honest, transparent, and principled dialogue? That can't possibly be, can it?
In addition, colleges are "spending lavishly on sustainability programs" at a time of tight budgets for other, strategic priorities.
Just at the time when college presidents across are crying poor mouth because there's not enough money to promote their institutions' core technology--teaching, research, and service--those presidents seem to have absolutely no problem at all finding bags of $$$s for cisterns and some of the other accouterments associated with the good life in the early 1800s!
Lastly, the NAS report criticizes those 685 colleges and universities whose presidents signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
What does that commitment mean, in fact?
- It demands "blind obedience" on the part of faculty and students in the place of critical examination of the facts.
- It also has been used to justify expanding courses and forming new departments, all of which adds to the cost of educating young people. Believe it or not, students can now earn credentials in sustainability in 1,438 distinct college programs. Sustainability has also blossomed in a "theme" that has spread across the college curriculum, including courses including English composition, mathematics, and psychology.
A new Hydra in higher education! Try whacking off that Hydra's head and discover the Pandora's casket that's been opened. The results may be worse than hoping "this too shall pass."
Remember all of those bizarre, esoteric, and parochial "academic specialties" that quickly morphed into "required core courses" and expanded into "minors" and then "majors," and are now "departments"? No, thank you. The Motley Monk has "been there, seen that."
According the NAS President and co-author of the report:
Harnessing higher education and the liberal arts into the service of
sustainability seriously undermines their purpose. It treats other
disciplines as mere grist for the sustainability mill.
What? Please, don't say it's so! The Left uses people as a means to promote their ends and really doesn't care about those people? That what conservatives and capitalists are guilty of, no?
The Motley Monk offers a "heads up" to all of those sustainability majors, masters, and doctors of this nex, faux academic specialty: After graduation, you will be unemployable...except perhaps as professors, program adminstrators, or administrative assistants in higher education.
Why this report at this time? Delegates to the United Nations are gathered this week to negotiate new "Sustainable Development Goals." The Leftists populating the nation's college campuses and indoctrinating students into the latest dogma of those who worship at the altar of environmentalism are itching to demonstrate their unthinking fidelity and allegiance to the UN's novus ordo saeculum. What NAS is doing is to cast light upon some inconvenient facts and perspectives that aren't part of the unquestioned and unchallenged sustainability narrative that's being foisted upon students attending colleges and universities across the nation.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the NAS study, click on the following link: