The Washington Post reports:
Washington and Lee University expressed regret Tuesday for the school’s past ownership of slaves and promised to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities.
And the question is: What took them so long?
The New York Times writes in an editorial:
"A blinkered view of race in America won out in the Supreme Court on Tuesday when six justices agreed, for various reasons, to allow Michigan voters to ban race-conscious admissions policies in higher education."
The New York Times reports:
"The serene campus [of the College of Charleston] is now the site of regular demonstrations by some of its more than 11,000 students. The Faculty Senate has decreed that it has no confidence in the college’s governing board. And in Columbia, the capital, certain conservative lawmakers speak openly of reducing the college’s budget. For a place that occasionally markets itself as offering an ‘education in paradise,’ the extent and longevity of the furor has showcased the depth of the rift between the institution and the elected officials who help oversee it."
Jorden Sargent reports:
From every tragedy springs dozens of conspiracy theories, and the Sandy Hook massacre is no different. Of course, those theories usually leak from places like the “United Slaves of Amerika” Facebook page, Twitchy.com commenters and BeforeItsNews.com. Where you don’t usually find them — or at least where you hope not to find them — is on the personal blogs of professors of accredited public universities. Alas, the world is not what we want it to be, and tenured Florida Atlantic University professor of media history James Tracy is wondering if the Newtown shooting “was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends.”
Naturally, Tracy is a practiced conspiracy theorist. His first post on the Sandy Hook shooting begins thusly: “It is now beyond question that the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. all involved patsies, additional gunman and perhaps most importantly, mass media complicity to achieve their political ends.”
Florida Atlantic University just lost whatever credibility it had. This guy needs to go.
There’s a certain prejudice I’ll admit to: I question most of the for-profit colleges. Now before the for-profit wonks jump all over me, let me tell you why.
Basically, most have low quality, charge extremely high tuitions, prey on the under-educated, and in recent years, have taken advantage of government funding in the case of people who are, or have been, in the military. In addition, most are not approved by the standard accrediting agencies.