The beasts of modernism have mutated into the beasts of postmodernism—relativism into nihilism, amorality into immorality, irrationality into insanity, sexual deviancy into polymorphous perversity. And since then, generations of intelligent students under the guidance of their enlightened professors have looked into the abyss, have contemplated those beasts, and have said, “How interesting, how exciting.”

—Gertrude Himmelfarb, On Looking into the Abyss (1994)

Contemporary educators are curiously insensitive to one aspect of adolescent development in particular. When immature youths with fragile impulse control get no help (e.g., firm limit-setting) from adults in authority, their control over their sexuality and aggression worsens, and they act on their impulses more often. This behavior reflects not only diminished self-control, but also an attempt to locate desired boundaries. However, neither meeting the developmental needs of students nor providing them a liberal education are primary concerns of many American academics. More important to them is inculcating students with the leftist political and cultural ideology they champion.

Richard Corradi argues quite effectively that colleges are making students crazy.  You can read his essay here:

I myself believe that the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world. I further believe that the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level.

God and Man at Yale, William F. Buckley Jr.

Jack H. Burke expands Buckley’s analysis of the silent ideological shift to the left in one institution to the not-so-silent ideological shift to the left of our culture as a whole.  (His essay is also a nice summation of Buckley’s argument.) You can read Burke’s essay here. You can read Buckley’s God and Man at Yale at your local library.



“The Whirlwind Is Already Here” writes Scott S. Powell.  He’s probably right.

The Critical Theory project emphasized and prioritized the demolition of Christianity and the nuclear family. They also sought to exacerbate race relations and promote massive immigration to destroy national identity. Additional focal points in their agenda encouraged dependency on state benefits and the bending of the legal system to favor perpetrators of crime over victims. And lastly, the agenda sought to dumb down the media and undermine schools’ and teachers’ authority.

An important part of the Critical Theory project of total transformation of society was to break down traditional relationships between men and women by promoting and legitimizing unhinged sexual permissiveness with no cultural or religious restraint. Building on the Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory, leaders of what came to be known as Postmodernism advanced the wrecking ball cultural deconstruction project right through the turn of the 21stcentury.

Postmodernists have had no use for tradition or any standards of normalcy, believing that all truth is contrived illusion rather than absolute.

You can read his full essay (and you should) here:



Here is a very depressing chart correlating the cost of education with the performance of students:

Of course, it’s no surprise that the cost of education has increased.  (I don’t like it, but what are you going to do?)  But look at performance.  No significant improvement in reading and math, and science got worse!  Whatever the problem with public education is, it isn’t more spending needed.  As Conservatives often suggest, throwing money at a problem doesn’t solve it.  It may make it worse.

(If you’d like a nice breakdown of educational costs, national and by state, here is an easy-to-read summary  by The Room 241 Team at Concordia University.)