This rebranding effort hasn't been without its costs, however.
According to a National Association of Scholars (NAS) report:
- U.S. higher education is currently spending $3.4B+/year pursuing the dream of "a sustainable future."
- Much of thoat money is being spent for administrative and staff positions to demonstrate the commitment sustainability.
- Now, where's those $$$s coming from? Tuition is increasing much faster than inflation.
- The outcomes? 7.5% of recent college graduates are unemployed and 46% are underemployed.
Bad as that is, worse yet is that the ideology of sustainability requires uncritically accepting the belief that the globe is experiencing man-made catastrophic warming. How? Humanity--meaning the First World--has been increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. 97% of scientists are falsely said to agree! Even Pope Francis agrees!
Q: Doesn't this "the debate-is-over" position conflict
with the purpose of higher education, namely,
intellectual freedom to examine all ideas in the
light of all the facts?
To contend with this proximate danger to the purpose of U.S. higher education, the NAS report offers a couple of recommendations:
- The nation's institutions of higher education should remain neutral in important and unresolved scientific debates.
- Faculty members should not be pressured either directly or indirectly to imbed sustainability into the curricula of unrelated courses.
- Boards of Trustees should carefully examine the stormy petrels' demands to divest their endowments from fossil fuels, aware that those demands are based solely upon ideology.
With "sustainabiity" now the coin of the realm in U.S. higher education, the stormy petrels continue their 5+ decades old march to institutionalize their political, economic, and social agenda. Now, at the altar of sustainability, they are once again sacrificing intellectual liberty to promote their ideological dogma.
What's truly ironic is that those who worship at the altar of sustainability actually believe the Roman Catholic Church is a repressive institution and presents a proximate danger to the unfettered exchange of ideas!
Let the discussion begin...
To read the NAS report, click on the following link:
"Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism."