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Freefall of the American University: How Our Colleges Are Corrupting the Minds and Morals of the Next Generation [Hardcover]

By Jim Nelson Black (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.52" Width: 6.44" Height: 1.23"
Weight:   1.41 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2004
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785260668  
EAN  9780785260660  
UPC  020049025826  

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It's happening in colleges all across the country. Instead of being educational institutes designed to encourage the free discussion of ideas, universities have become prisons of propaganda, indoctrinating students with politically correct (and often morally repugnant) ideas about American life and culture. This book exposes the liberal bias in today's universities, providing hard evidence, in clear and unimpeachable terms, that shows how today's colleges are covertly and overtly proselytizing with leftist slants on sexuality, politics, and lifestyles. By naming names and providing specific and credible insights from faculty members, administrators, professional observers, and analysts who have witnessed and chronicled the intellectual and ethical collapse taking place within the academy, this book offers a broad overview of the issues, the history of the problems, analysis from a broad range of academics and professionals, and also observations of the university students themselves, in their own words, from schools all across the nation.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jim Nelson Black is founder and chairman of Sentinel Research Associates in Washington, D.C. and is former executive director of The Wilberforce Forum, a public policy think tank and research institute headed by Charles W. Colson. An author, educator, and researcher, Dr. Black has written six previous books and served as editor and collaborator on more than two-dozen others with notable public figures and religious leaders. He speaks frequently on cultural issues and has appeared on more than four hundred radio and television broadcasts.

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The Freefall Continues  Jun 21, 2007
There is a widespread belief that when one goes to college, one will get "educated," however fuzzily such a process means. In FREEFALL OF THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Jim Nelson Black explains that this process involves less of education in the Socratic sense and more of indoctrination in the Maoist sense. Ever since Allan Bloom first warned of much the same in CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND in 1987, conservatives have become increasingly aware of and repelled by the Democratic secular progressive movement to transform the United States into a country that exactly matches the socialist vision of MoveOn.Org.

Jim Black writes in the form of a series of interviews with students and professors from a variety of America's universities. This format has upset a few reviewers who assume that any book based on an interview format can be twisted to fit any agenda. Yet, it is not the interview that renders a book a success or failure but what the author does with it. In this case, Black uses his interviews to set out his basic thrust, that our colleges and institutions have become very nearly permeated with a mindset that begins with groupthink and ends with intolerant tolerance. Black's most telling points come more from the lips of leftist professors like Ward Churchill, Eric Foner, and Nicholas DeGenova than from his own. When these instructors openly tell their classes that conservative thinkers ought to think twice about remaining in their courses, then the terms "diversity" and "tolerance" are flipped upside down so that any attempt by a conservative to register a contrary opinion is snuffed out.

The interviews are literate and informative. All those interviewed basically agree that anyone who enrolls in college today is likely to hear from only one side of the political spectrum and not unsurprisingly be totally clueless. And this cluelessness is the inner point. From middle school to high school to college, Black indicts an American educational system that has over the last fifty years deliberately sought to produce exactly what it now has--a student body of intelligent but woefully unprepared learners who will within the next decade become loyal followers of the left. FREEFALL OF THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY is Jim Nelson Black's clarion call to parents to do far more to select a college than merely to look at the ratings in US News and World Report.

this is getting old...  Jun 29, 2006
A book like this is now being published about once a year. It uses the same tired formula: professors are liberal and attempt to indoctrinate their students with the same ideaology; multiculturalism has taken over the canon; etc. etc. These books are written like a typical dogmatic treatise - a few extreme examples of a couple of nuts (who exist in every field) who exist in isolated departments and have no real impact on institutional policy or resource allocation are somehow translated into an indictment of the higher education system as a whole. Its the same argument neo-cons make today - if only the democrats were out of the way, real progress could be made. This, despite control of all three branches of the federal government and holding the oval office 28 of the last 40 years. For a party that preaches "personal responsibility," they certainly have no problem placing the blame on others, despite being in complete control!

I was in college. Three degrees. Me and my friends all learned Shakespeare, quantitative analysis, and Western literature. As an art history major, the curricular focus was overwhelmingly on Western and European Art. In not one instance did a professor try to indoctrinate me with anything. 3 or 4 were extremely liberal, but in class they welcomed debate, created an open environment for debate, and respected the opinions of the conservative students in the class. I am not suggesting these types of instructors don't exist; I am saying they are extremely rare. As far as indoctrination goes, I don't know how many times a conservative has tried to push literature on creationism, outlawing gay marriage, or religion on me. Again, for a people who complain about indoctrination, they have no problem doing a lot of it on their own!

In fact, in a study by Michael Berube, European writers like Shakespeare and Milton are still by far the most cited by English professors in their research and that, with a few exceptions, English majors are still required to take Shakespeare - an actual use of quantitative evidence (something sorely lacking in this book)! When conservative critics of the university can bring well-researched evidence, instead of anecdote and a few isolated examples, to the table, I will pay attention.
Great Book: Traditional Americans will love it, leftists will hate it.  Apr 21, 2006
This book is the absolute truth. Also, if anything, the book pulls some punches.

This reviewer is a former Army officer. I received my degree in the mid-80s and decided to change careers in the mid-2000s. I was shocked at how different the colleges had become.

First, many of the students are openly fat or obese. That is a subject for another book. Second, I was amazed at how absolutely leftist the professors had become. Yes, the professors were liberal back in the '80s. However, they were just liberal, at odds with the Reagan years, and were generally glad when the Soviet Union went away.

This reviewer went to Ferris State University. In the Teachers Colleges, which teach little about actual teaching, there was a very leftist professor who actually was advocating the establishment of state schools for children. These state schools would take the children from the parents at the age of five and be totally responsible for raising them.

And few of the students actually saw this as wrong.

This reviewer actually started challenging the professor. The professor finally told me to leave the class. Ferris State University refused to back up my arguments against the professor. I told the administrators at Ferris that Fox News would like the story. They gave me a full refund and we parted ways.

The level of sedition preached at colleges is mind-boggling. Traditional families are scorned. Homosexuals are held up as paragons of virtue. The 1950s (actually a quite progressive era in America blessed with low unemployment) are presented to the class as an equivalent to living under the Taliban. Men worked, women stayed at home, and children enjoyed two stable parents. "Horrors!" the teaching professors will exclaim. How dare this culture impose a traditional construct upon the families? The professors will get openly mad at a student if you show the Juvenal crime rate, teen suicide rate, and mental illness rates in the 1950s were a fraction of modern America. The professor says that old America was evil, thus it must be evil. Don't confuse the situation with the facts. (You have to wonder about professors at that point. Professors say they care about kids. Traditional families are good for kids. The professors don't like traditional families, screw the kids.)

Well the end results are the state teachers colleges are turning out, basically, traitors.

If you don't believe me then I give the example of Jay Bennish, the infamous teacher from Colorado. Mr. Bennish was recorded for over 20 minutes on an anti-American tirade. Prior to 1970, Mr. Bennish would have been terminated. Post 2000, Mr. Bennish is called a hero. Indeed, Mr. Bennish actually gave a threat to a student. Mr. Bennish used the threat of violence to back up his leftist thinking.

The only thing I didn't like about this book is the fact is it's preaching to the choir. We traditional Americans know what is wrong with the colleges. That's a fact. The leftist's will give this book one star. Why not? Leftists pretty hate all that is good and righteous in America. Sheeze, they preach that the State has the right to take your kids away from Traditional families. Do you think they want the truth known?

But the worst thing is these professors will often pull down pay checks of $80K or more a year. The typical American family has to try to get by on less than $40K per year.

My advice is for traditional families are to send their kids to private colleges. The Missouri Synod Lutherans have an excellent education system (it is evolved from the Germans). Many private colleges do a better job of providing a "liberal" education than the State leftist dominated universities.

And, yes, these leftist colleges are killing this country. We are losing control of our borders; the colleges tell us we're racist if we care. Iranians are building atomic weapons to attack Israel; the leftist in colleges tell us we're intolerant towards Islam. Sexually transmitted diseases are rampant at colleges; professors tell us refraining from unmarried sex will not work. We all can "feel" that if we follow the advice colleges give us that it will be the death of this nation.

Oh, I don't know if the author's solutions can be used to fix higher education. The only way you could fix the colleges is fire all the professors. That will never happen.

Personally I don't think this nation will see another 50 years with the types of students our colleges are putting out.

You've been warned. American universities are the poison pill of this nation. Even the left knows it.
Absolute idiocy  Nov 18, 2005
I've only been in college for a semester and I'm so sick of ultra far-right groups complaining about how "liberal" colleges are. Their basic solutions seem to be that we should convert all colleges to christian-based ones.

Not once during my time here have I heard on my professors tell students that there is no god, or that Marxist-Socialism is the only way to live. We have intelligent student debates with liberal, conservative and libertarian students, as well as students who aren't even American citizens.

No one "indoctrinates" anyone in college. You have a mind of your own. Think for yourself.
scary observations  Jul 4, 2005
I'm stunned to see how deeply corrupted the university system is. I returned to school recently after a hiatus of over thirty years and was personly amazed at the bias of my text and my history professor. I didn't know how wide spread the problem was until I did some online research, ordered this book as well as Ben Shapiro's "Brainwashed" The situation is rancid. The kids have been intellectually and morally deconstructed by the legacy of French and German atheist intellectuals from the 19th and 20th centruies. This is soul rot. They are taught that since 'God is unknowable', all perspectives, cultures, ideas and behaviors are to be seen as equal, unless, unless, one questions the assumption that God is actually unknowable. Then the thought police come out in force and shut you down....Watch out, it's not coming, it's here.

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