- The Washington Times - Monday, February 28, 2000

Closer to the truth

"A better name for the television special that aired Feb. 15 might have been: 'Who Wants To Publicly Admit Being Willing To Marry A Complete Stranger Who Also Happens To Be Rich?' True, this title is not as catchy. It is, however, closer to the truth… .
"Did I mention that there was a swimsuit section of the contest, in which 10 finalists modeled 'beachwear'? For the first time in my life, I agree with NOW President Patricia Ireland. She told the New York Times: 'It took something like this to make the Miss America pageant look good to me.' …
"This program's format implies that a lifelong union an institution of God can be initiated based upon a man's money, a woman's physical appearance, and 30-second answers to randomly assigned questions between commercial breaks."
Laurel L. Cornell, writing on "For Love or Money," in the on-line journal Boundless at www.boundless.org

Amoral self-esteem

"One of the ground rules of tolerance is that no one judges anyone else, since to do so suggests that the person judging believes himself to be in a position of moral authority… . Today taking a stand makes many of us feel uncomfortable because we have been indoctrinated into the moral relativism of the self-esteem movement, in which there is no conception of moral virtue. Moral relativism means everyone is equal; no one can judge anyone else, and everyone's opinion is just as good as everyone else's… .
"Moral relativism is a natural outcome of the schools' neglect of the intellect. As long as the schools value emotion over reason, our children will acquire neither intellectual skills nor moral values, and without one they cannot have the other. This is why the self-esteem movement is amoral: it actually inhibits the growth of the intellectual capacities, such as critical thinking and logical reasoning, that are necessary for the development of morality."
Maureen Stout, from her new book, "The Feel-Good Curriculum: The Dumbing Down of America's Kids in the Name of Self-Esteem"

College? Why?

"What has mass higher education done for us? … One hundred percent of [university] seniors can identify 'Snoop Doggy Dogg' as a rap singer, but only a third could name George Washington as commander at Valley Forge… .
"For generations, parents have been fooled by the 'experts' into thinking that higher education leads to higher incomes when, in fact, the causation tends to run the other way… .
"Not understanding the basic statistical fallacy, parents have shelled out tens of thousands [of dollars in tuition] every year in the belief that their children are guaranteed success so long as they have a degree in hand. As a result … the prime productive years between 18 and 22 have been spent trapped in the clutches of an increasingly left-wing professorate devoted to falsifying history and rubbing out common sense, excelling in mind control, and bent on destruction of bourgeois institutions… .
"The idea of mass university education … is only about 50 years old, and was made possible only through massive government subsidies… .
"The hottest labor commodities right now are not newly-minted MBAs, but kids who spent the last three years building Web sites and programs and are thereby up to speed with the latest programming techniques.
"Instead of spending their formative years learning how to drink, sleep around, and spout back left-wing drivel, kids … can learn something about individual responsibility and the work ethic. And be far better off in the long run."
Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr., writing on "Why College?" a Thursday column at www.lewrockwell.com

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