Have you ever noticed that when formerly intelligent people go to university, they frequently emerge knowing less than they did when they went in (or else they've rejected ideas altogether). Where once, it required a surgical procedure like lobotomy to remove the thinking parts of the brain, now it simply takes immersion in university for three years or more. Spend more than ten minutes talking to any number of today's young graduates, and you'll know what I mean.
The reason for the phenomenon can be explained in two words: post-modernism. "Post-modernism," explains a recent article in The Australian, "is hobbling Australia's best and brightest university students by locking them into narrow, prescriptive and politically correct ways of thinking and using language."
Unfortunately, the phenomenon is not confined to Australia.
For a concise survey of how the world of ideas came to this, I highly recommend Stephen Hicks' Explaining Postmodernism. Buy one for a student today -- it might just save their lives. And do read The Australian's exposure of the phenomenon. [Hat tip Ashley C.]
|Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault |
by Stephen R. C. Hicks
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