CNN’s Fareed Zakaria was the unlikely source of a devastating indictment of America’s Woke universities in a segment that aired on Sunday night.
The scathing monologue, filled with sensible critique and level-headed insights, bears watching in full.
“Here’s my take. When one thinks of America’s greatest strengths, the kind of assets the world looks at with admiration and envy, America’s elite universities would long have been at the top of that list, but the American public has been losing faith in these universities for good reason.
Three university presidents came under fire this week for their vague and indecisive answers. When asked whether calling for the genocide of Jews would violate their institution’s codes of conduct, but to understand their performance, we have to understand the broad shift that has taken place at elite universities, which have gone from being centers of excellence to institutions pushing political agendas.
People sense the transformation. As Paul Tough has pointed out, the share of young adults who said a college degree was very important fell from 74% in 2013 to just 41% in 2019. In 2018, 61% of those polled said higher education was headed in the wrong direction, and only 38%