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Posted on 03/10/2010 7:00:37 AM PST by bs9021
Harvard Still Hates America Malcolm A. Kline, March 10, 2010
A number of years ago, former congressman John LeBoutellier wrote a book about his alma mater which he titled Harvard Hates America. The thesis is worth revisiting.
Since then, (1978), a quartet of Harvard grads have run for president, two of them successfully, displaying varying degrees of affection for their native soil. The last Crimson candidate, who now occupies the White House, matriculated from Harvard Law. On this faculty, there are around 100 professors or assistant professors, and of that 100, I think youd have to estimate there would be maybe eight registered Republicans, Harvard law professor Richard D. Parker said last year. Im a registered Independent and theres on one else in the 100 who would identify as a populist.
Ive been here almost 35 years, so its not as if Im suddenly coming into a situation. Parker described himself in a June 2009 interview with American Legion magazine as a populist, which in a way is more troubling than being a conservative.
There are many friendships Ive built on the faculty, Parker said. I think if you wanted to ask who is more irritated by my views or their views, I would say they regard my views as sort of quirky.
But on political and certain political and certain legal dimensions, Im so outnumbered that I dont think theyre troubled. The feeling is not mutual....
(Excerpt) Read more at academia.org ...
hell Wilson was president of Princeton
In 2001, Harvard was focused upon as part of a controversy in which high, but allegedly unwarranted, GPA’s (Grade Point Averages) were awarded. While in 1940 C-minus was the most common GPA at Harvard, and in 1955 only 15 percent of undergraduates had a GPA of B-plus or higher, in the year 2000, 50% in of all the grades given were As or A-minuses, with just six percent being C-pluses or lower. More than 90 percent of the class of 2001 had earned grade-point averages of B-minus or higher.
Observers point out that entering freshmen typically have straight-A averages in high school, SAT scores near 800 in all fields, and have demonstrated an unusual ability to engage in serious study. The days when Harvard included many “Gentleman C” students there for social activities are long gone.
In a Harvard Crimson article, noted conservative Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield contended that “Grade inflation got started when professors raised the grades of students protesting the war in Vietnam...” “At that time, too, white professors, imbibing the spirit of the new policies of affirmative action, stopped giving low grades to black students, and to justify or conceal this, also stopped giving low grades to white students.” The problem was essentially seen as the predominance of the notion of self-esteem, “in which the purpose of education is to make students feel capable and ‘empowered,’ and professors should hesitate to pass judgment on what students have learned.” Such assertions resulted in no small controversy.
Harvard alumnus and author Ross Douthat attributed this problem partly to socioeconomic differences, and noted that “Harvard students are creatively lazy, gifted at working smarter rather than harder”, being brilliant largely in their tactics “to achieve a maximal GPA in return for minimal effort.” Few people who have taught at Harvard agree with Douthat’s notions. - http://www.conservapedia.com/Harvard
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