Before you take out a second mortgage or otherwise deplete your savings
in order to pay for your child's college education, you might want to ask the
colleges to which your child is applying some questions.
1. Can one obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree at your college without
having read a single Shakespeare play, one Federalist Paper or one book of the
If so, why attend such a college?
2. Does the college allow military recruiters on its
Before being threatened by Congress with a cutoff of federal funds, many
colleges denied military recruiters access to their campus. They did so either
because of their hostility to military in general or specific hostility to the
war in Iraq, or because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy
regarding gays. If you believe, as reason and history argue, that the American
military has done more to preserve liberty on earth than all the professors in
all the universities combined, you might not want to send your child to a
university that is hostile to the military.
3. In the political science, English, sociology, anthropology and history
departments -- or any other liberal arts department -- what is the ratio of
Democrats to Republicans among the professors?
Over 10 years ago, the Rocky Mountain News reported that
registered Democrats on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder
outnumbered registered Republicans 31-1. If such a ratio exists in the social
science departments of your child's prospective college, why would you want your
child to attend such an institution?
4. What are the names of the speakers invited and paid with college funds
to speak last year at the college?
Just ask to see the previous year's speakers list. Colleges set aside
funds for visiting speakers. One would assume that a good college seeks to
encourage thinking and to that end invites speakers throughout the political
spectrum. If your prospective college has a speakers list that is balanced 10 to
one in favor of speakers from the political left, that will help you decide
whether indoctrination rather than exposure to great ideas is the university's
5. Can my child live in a same-sex dorm and are the bathrooms
One generation ago and for all of American history, the university acted
in loco parentis, in the place of the parent. You could
send your daughter to college more or less assured that the college would act on
behalf of her welfare as you would -- meaning, for example, that boys had to
leave girls dorms by a certain hour. Now, most colleges have no boys or girls
dorms and do everything they can to enable boys and girls to fraternize in each
other's rooms at any hour of the night and even share
6. Is Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States the most
widely assigned American history book?
If the answer is yes, you should consider sending your son or daughter to
another university or at least be aware that you will be paying a lot of
hard-earned money for your child to be manipulated into believing that America
is a bad country, certainly no better than others, as he or she reads what is
essentially a proctologist's view of American history. Zinn believes, as he told
me in an interview on my radio show, that America has done "probably more harm
than good in its history."
7. Would a typical graduate of your university be able to say anything
intelligent about Josef Stalin, Louis Armstrong, Pope John XXIII or Pope John
Paul II, differences between Protestantism and Catholicism, Cain and Abel, the
Gulag Archipelago, Franz Josef Haydn, Pol Pot, Martin Luther, Darfur, how
interest rates affect the dollar, dark matter, and "Crime and Punishment";
explain what the Korean War was about and when it was fought; identify India on
a map; and know the difference between the United Nations General Assembly and
the Security Council?
If not, why not? How could someone be considered in any way educated and
not be able to intelligently answer all or nearly all of those questions? If
they don't know about such essential and basic things, what do they know?
Movies? The supposed dangers of global warming? The importance of race, gender
and class? The meaning of menage a trois (or "threesomes")? Great gay
Unfortunately, the chances are that if you receive any response at all to
these questions, it will be a discouraging one. Outside of the natural sciences,
colleges are either more interested in liberal indoctrination than in a liberal
arts education, or they enable students to take courses that are so narrowly
focused that your child graduate will likely graduate as a cultural and
historical illiterate. Why so many Americans go into debt paying so much money
to such failed institutions is one of the riddles of the
It is time to demand that universities teach. Forcing them to answer the
above seven questions is a good way to begin. Because granting a Bachelor of
Arts degree on someone who never heard of Cain and Abel and never heard a Haydn
symphony is a fraud.