You’ll have to forgive the lateness, but I just got around to reading Naomi Schaefer Riley’s recent post on Black Studies. If ever there were a persuasive case for eliminating her position with any publication interested in matters relating to higher education, it’s this execrable piece of drivel. What a collection of right-wing, know-nothing talking points about how the academy has gone to hell in a handbasket ever since master let the field Negroes into the big house. The best that can be said of this sort of punditry is that it’s so irrelevant that anybody who bothers to read it will stop well short of engaging with the author and opt to parody her instead.
Seriously, folks, there are legitimate debates about the problems that plague higher education in this country: from funding cuts at public universities, to runaway tuition costs everywhere, to meager job opportunities for graduates. But it’s clear that substantive discussions about the real challenges facing the academy won’t take place at Naomi Schaefer Riley’s blog. Solutions don’t begin and end by parroting Allan Bloom.
NB: I know next to nothing about Naomi Schaefer Riley. Indeed, I didn’t take the time to read anything she’s written, other than a 500-word blog post, before calling for her dismissal. Because I’m that serious about reform.