Students come to university armed with their own information and objectives. Instead of depending upon teachers, they let the schools know what it is they want and it is certainly not anything that would challenge the worldview, political perspective, and moral stance they came to school with. They are not looking for someone to open doors and windows but to close them and provide them with safe spaces where their points of view are respected and certainly not debated. It is not that the schools are going woke as much as they are simply conforming to the expectations of the work students headed their way. They are desperate to impress the student with how accommodating they are to their point of view and to their wants and needs. Success has less to do with teaching someone to think or arming someone with various arguments or points of view on a subject than treating the educational endeavor like any other survey defined success story any and every business would be proud to have received.
The challenge to religious schools is less that the ideology of that school is changing from the top down than the school has no real values except pleasing the student and hanging on to the tuition dollar that, at least for baccalaureate students, is an ever decreasing commodity. In this respect it might be that the loss of religion in religious universities is as much due to the dimwitted pursuit of student happiness scores as it is a deep and abiding affection for the ideology. For my mind, this is even more dangerous than an ideologically driven faculty and administration. It is, in many respects, no different than the patient telling the doctor what ails him and what drug he saw on TV that will fix it. Retail medicine, like retail education, may be highly successful but it will always fail in its core mission and purpose.
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