Required Reading – July 7th Evening Update

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Greenfield: Don’t Call It Diversity, Call It Racism

“Harvard lashed out at the Department of Education and the Justice Department’s withdrawal of Obama era letters backing extreme racist preferences in education by vowing to ‘continue to vigorously defend its right, and that of all colleges and universities, to consider race.’ To paraphrase the inaugural address of a noted Democrat: ‘Affirmative action now, affirmative action tomorrow, affirmative action forever.’ The right that Harvard is fighting for is the right to be racist. The same right that George Wallace, the KKK and nearly every single college in the country have been obsessed with protecting and preserving.”

Read more at FrontPage Mag.

Gottschling: Prof asks students to ‘find something’ to celebrate on 4th

“A University of Northern Colorado professor told students that she hopes they can ‘find something to celebrate’ on Independence Day despite ‘a ton of ugliness in our nation’s past and present.’ ‘Happy 4th of July on Wednesday,’ Kyle Nelson wrote in an email to students in her Sociology 170–Social Problems class. ‘Despite all the social problems we are facing and despite a ton of ugliness in our nation’s past and present, I hope each of us can find something to celebrate or honor or at least reflect on over the holiday.'”

Read more at Campus Reform.

(June 2018) Levin: Congress Is Weak Because Its Members Want It To Be Weak

“There’s a constitutional crisis, but it’s not the one you think.”

Read more at Commentary Magazine.

Taber: How Politics Swallowed Chinese Education

“Creeping totalitarianism. Similar to the SATs, students complete an essay portion that is designed to test writing ability—or at least it used to be. Conspicuous changes in this year’s essay prompts suggest that it is now intended to serve political purposes. This year’s questions ask for students’ thoughts on highly ideological topics, making it a test of students’ loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Several of the essay prompts focused on quotes from President Xi Jinping about the ‘rejuvenation’ of China. Another prompt asked for a discussion on ‘the New Era—Growing up in the Motherland’s Development’. ‘New Era’ is a term borrowed from the official name of Xi Jinping’s own political doctrine to describe the current era of Chinese prosperity, technological prowess, and global power.”

Read more at the Weekly Standard.

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