... The NAS [National Association of Scholars] recently released a report on the latest wave of anti-intellectualism to sweep the world of “higher education.” In “Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics,” the NAS explains what it refers to as “the New Civics.” The latter “redefines civics as progressive political activism.”While some some are rejoicing in the return of conservatism with the election of Donald Trump as the POTUS, the next generations of parents and voters are being conditioned to make sure that anything even remotely resembling conservatism never comes to the political fore again.
While the New Civics styles itself “as an up-to-date version of volunteerism and good works,” the reality is that it stems from “the radical program of the 1960’s New Left [.]” Its “soft rhetoric” is designed to conceal its architects’ ultimate goals. First, they want to “repurpose higher education.” Secondly, adherents of the New Left want nothing more than to make students into joint enterprisers in “‘fundamentally transforming’ America.”...
Monday, February 13, 2017
See Academia’s “New Civics” vs. Traditional American Civics: Political ideology replaces civics education by Jack Kerwick at Front Page Magazine. Excerpt below the fold.