The closing of the Yale University mind

This saddens me. It is not like the Yale I knew as an undergraduate (1959 – 63). The best history teacher I ever had was John Morton Blum, a liberal in the old fashioned sense of the word. Oh well.

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On Thursday April 25, 2013, Donald Kagan made his farewell address to Yale University. The 80-year old scholar of Ancient Greece provided a biting critique of American higher education in general and of Yale University in particular. He was too civilized to call his farewell address by its correct name: ‘The closing of the Yale University mind’, though his in-office comment prior to the address tells it all:

“You can’t have a fight because you don’t have two sides. The other side won.”

Universities, he proposed in his address, are failing students and hurting American democracy:

“On campus, I find a kind of cultural void, an ignorance of the past, a sense of rootlessness and aimlessness. Rare are faculty with atypical views. Still rarer is an informed understanding of the traditions and institutions of our Western civilization and of our country and an appreciation of their special qualities and values.”

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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