60’s blowin (away) in the wind…

Looks like radical 60’s prof are leaving and no one is trying to replace them. The New York Times reports:

…already there are signs that the intense passions and polemics that roiled campuses during the past couple of decades have begun to fade. At Stanford a divided anthropology department reunited last year after a bitter split in 1998 broke it into two entities, one focusing on culture, the other on biology. At Amherst, where military recruiters were kicked out in 1987, students crammed into a lecture hall this year to listen as alumni who served in Iraq urged them to join the military.

I had a prof tap dance around the issue of U.S. support for Israel, another argue for drug legalization. However only the students at my undergrad college were openly anti-military because NMT got huge grants from the Dept. of Defense. The University of North Florida was a surprise, some professors back in 2003 opposed the Iraq war and the troops even as sailors from NAS Jacksonville were going to war. UNF is only 10-15 miles from the naval base.

I suppose I should go back to college and get a masters. However I want to study psychology, counseling or social work. I’ll never go for indoctrination or “social justice” (communist brainwashing under a different label). It’s too bad that those 60’s profs can take their failed ideology with them. Especially in social work, their world view has done more harm than good.

Last fall, he taught Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in American Education, which he introduces in the syllabus: “Schools in the United States promise equal opportunity. They have not kept that promise. In this course, we will try to find out why.” Like many sociologists and education researchers, Mr. Olneck said that today both the kinds of analyses and the theories that prevailed when he was in college have changed. Overarching narratives, societal critiques and clarion calls for change — of the capitalist system or the social structure — have gone out of style. Today, with advances in statistical methods, many sociologists have moved to model themselves on clinical researchers with large, randomized experiments as their gold standard. In their eyes, this more scientific approach is less explicitly ideological than other kinds of research.

Ms. Goldrick-Rab has embraced such experiments. A graduate course she created — partly based on her research of community colleges — focused on “educational opportunity and inequality” at community colleges, with an “emphasis on the critical evaluation and assessment of current up-to-date research.”

Another Wisconsin professor, Erik Olin Wright, a 61-year-old sociologist and a Marxist theorist, described it this way: “There has been some shift away from grand frameworks to more focused empirical questions.

Yep, a funny thing happned on the way to the revolution. Statistics, computer models and science showed that the country was not as f**ked up as they thought it was. it was easier to work inside the system than try to bring it down.

Go a head boomers, retire. Us Gen-Xers (I do hate that term) will take over.

h/t: Jawa Report

p.s. I am not a Gen-Xer, I am a child of the 80’s.


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