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July 8, 2021 (American Institute for Economic Research) – I will not bore readers with a list of universities that should immediately lose accreditation but instead will argue that any university that implements a stupid policy should lose it because, if nothing else, accreditation should certify that a university is non-stupid.
Accreditation is the “key to the kingdom” of federal and state subsidies and widespread recognition of some minimal level of curricular competence. Most students will not attend a university that is not accredited because they cannot obtain financial aid and most employers will not recognize any coursework or degree as a bona fide credential unless the university is accredited.
But given what is going on at many accredited universities across the country right now, it is unclear why employers draw the line at accreditation. To maintain some semblance of street cred (not to mention Street cred), accreditors need to have some bright line tests and drop schools that cannot pass them. As a former university professor with a quarter century of experience at universities ranging from DeVry to NYU, I suggest the following:
A university should immediately lose accreditation if it:
- employs more administrators than full-time faculty with some measure of job security.
- mandates masks for anyone this fall.
- mandates Covid vaccines for students.
- is in an NCAA division that it clearly doesn’t merit due to its size and/or the size of its major enrollment catchment areas.
- has policies that suggest that professors who do not publish can be “great teachers.”
- employs faculty in any department who claim that 2+2=4 is racist.
- thinks it is acceptable to mislead faculty or students about … anything.
- overreacts to anybody’s social media post. (I mean, c’mon, there were outright lies published by Lancet and you’re worried about the opinion of some kid with a hundred followers on Twitbook or Instatok?).
- claims that it is committed to diversity but fails to maintain even a semblance of intellectual diversity.
- mandates any other stupid policy or advances any other stupid claim.
Note that any one of those should be sufficient grounds for disaccreditation but some schools have violated at least the first nine. I mean number ten a bit tongue-in-cheek but only because it is difficult to develop stupidity tests that won’t include some false positives, which is a problem for a summary sanction of such magnitude. Plus stupidity should really be measured on a scale.
I’d therefore allow number ten violations to go to arbitration for a decision. Arbitration should not fall to accreditors, which have obviously been captured by the universities that they accredit/regulate, but rather to former university faculty members, from emeritus superstars to adjuncts who couldn’t afford to teach anymore, drawn randomly from a national pool.
Former faculty know the “industry” but have no stake in it so they can be relatively impartial, especially if the process is double blind, as it ought to be. After all, as Forrest Gump said, “Stupid is, as stupid does,” so it shouldn’t matter if the questionable policy comes out of West Podunk Community College or Yavardnell. (If anything, putative top-tier schools should be held to higher standards because it is one thing to pay $100 a credit hour to be subjected to a stupid policy and quite another to drop $1,000 per credit hour.)
The hope, of course, is that universities will steer well clear of any policy that could be considered stupid and that those that just cannot muster sufficient brainpower lose the keys to the kingdom and hopefully go bye-bye forever. Maybe current students, parents, and alums can help the Ph.D.s (and assorted others of the letters-after-their-names set) to stay smart but the fact is that America will be better off if a large number of its current universities go under because that will free up resources (professors; campuses) for newer, better schools, like Thales College in North Carolina.
The brainchild of business entrepreneur Robert Luddy, Thales will not seek federal money or accreditation. Luddy knows that its dual liberal arts-professional majors, flipped classrooms, and attention on academics, instead of the other three collegiate As (alcohol, athletics, and ***), will mold demonstrably superior graduates. Tuition is currently $32,000 to $40,000 per degree, not per year or semester!
In 2019, LifePetitions launched a similar petition on behalf of Jeff Younger (the father) and his son James, asking for support and for the Texas state authorities to intervene in a unbelievable case in which the Dallas courts keep flip-flopping over which parent has parental rights and, ultimately, whether or not James must be forced to live as a girl and suffer the trauma of so-called gender "transitioning," as his mom believes he is a girl.
Incredibly, we now seem to be back at square one.
Jeff Younger currently has a gag order put on him, which prohibits him to speak out in defense of his son. But, because he has recently decided to ignore that order, to save his son from irreversible surgery, this brave Dad now faces possible arrest.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which does two things: 1) Supports Jeff Younger (again, the Dad) in his fight to save his son, James, from so-called gender "transitioning;" and, 2) Calls on Texas' Attorney General to intervene in this case and quash the gag order against Mr. Younger.
CLICK HERE to WATCH the latest LifeSite interview with Jeff Younger. Hear about the latest developments with his son, as well as the real dangers of gender reassignment surgery and other “transititioning” methods.
Currently, even though he shares 50/50 parental rights to James, which has allowed him to stop the chemical castration of his son, Jeff’s ex-wife recently sued to have full parental rights and to "give her sole medical and psychological decision making."
Jeff is also being threatened with jail time from the gag order, which he believes was intentionally done to stop him from helping pass legislation in Texas to ban sex-change surgeries for minors.
Jeff says that the gag order "prohibits me from speaking on all manner of political topics. And I’m not even allowed to tell you in that gag order whether my son’s a boy or girl."
But Jeff is speaking out, no matter what, because of the real danger that his son is in if he undergoes "transition" surgery.
Indeed, so-called gender "transitions" present many unsafe effects, some desired, some undesired, though all dangerous for one's physical and mental health.
Puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones have not been proven safe. For example, the FDA has NOT approved Lupron and GnRH analogues for use in blocking puberty.
Risks associated with these pharmaceuticals include: low bone density, high blood pressure, weight gain, abnormal glucose tolerance, breast cancer, liver disease, thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease.
And, additional risks and potential harms include:
For Males: Stunting of penile and testicular growth, sexual dysfunction, prevention of spermatogenesis, and disruption of normal brain and bone development.
For Females: A menopause-like state, blockade of normal breast development, decreased blood flow to vagina and vulva, sexual dysfunction, thinning of vaginal epithelium, vaginal atrophy, prevention of menses/ovulation, and disruption of normal brain and bone development.
In other words, these medications can sterilize and cause medical harm to vulnerable, confused children.
And, the stunning part about this: studies show that 85% of gender confused children eventually become comfortable with the sex of their bodies.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which supports Jeff Younger, a Texas Dad, who is fighting to prevent his son, James, from being "turned into a girl." At the same time, we appeal to Texas State Attorney General, to intervene in this case and quash the gag order against Jeff.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Save James: Father risks arrest to save 9-year-old son from forced gender-transition': https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/save-james-father-risks-arrest-to-save-9-year-old-son-from-forced-gender-transition
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DANGERS OF PUSHING GENDER IDEOLOGY ON CHILDREN:
Many eminent psychiatrists are now speaking against the faulty notion that sex is fluid and a matter of choice. In particular, they are concerned about the welfare of children and young people in this regard.
Dr Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins University, who has researched the occurrence of gender dysphoria for 40 years, has stated that the notion of gender fluidity "is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges". [See more below.]
And, the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is definite about the promotion of transgenderism as being harmful public policy:
"Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: 'XY' and 'XX' are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived, either male or female…Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents…” [Read more below.]
Here is what Dr Paul McHugh said on this topic: https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgendered-men-dont-become-women-they-become
This is the ACP statement on Gender Ideology: http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children
About the medical risks associated with medical interventions to attempt to change the sex of the body: https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/01/59422/
About some of the unconscionable practices some medical professionals are engaged in:
Thales does have to register with the state of North Carolina, so it is not completely free of regulation, but if employers prove willing to give its graduates a chance, its model could catch on. I’ve suggested previously that more schools ought to join Hillsdale College by eschewing the keys to the kingdom, foregoing federal money, and lending tuition to their own students if need be.
If anything, legacy universities have shown that students and their parents will pay a boatload of money essentially for nothing but good times — alcohol, athletics, and … the sheepskin effect. If they are willing to pay half that just for a rock solid old school education sans a largely meaningless accrediting seal of approval, there may be hope for American higher education and hence the nation. The time for new entry into U.S. higher education could hardly be more propitious than at present.
Reprinted with permission from American Institute for Economic Research