Political Correctness Being Replaced by Vapid "Scholasticism"

Ashley Thorne

In an article on Minding the Campus, Mary Grabar cites a recent article from NAS's journal Academic Questions, "The Other Danger...Scholasticism in Academic Research." She writes:

Vacuous language that conveys a fear of giving offense has repercussions in the real world. Writing for the National Association of Scholars, Lawrence M. Mead, professor of politics and public policy at New York University, recently diagnosed a new form of "scholasticism" in his field. Scholars cannot provide solutions to real world problems because of their focus on narrow fields of statistical research. Mead correctly analyzes this trend as more dangerous than the political correctness imposed by "baby boom professors who . . . shifted the academy to the left." These retiring professors are being replaced by "technicians who often lack any politics at all." I would add that in narrow, statistical analysis young scholars find safety from charges of giving offense. Mead is right in seeing this development as a greater threat than political correctness, which "is at least visible and controversial, provoking debate."
  • Share

Most Commented

May 15, 2015

1.

Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter....

April 19, 2021

2.

UT Austin Approves Orwellian “Strategic Plan for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity”

Sadly, the University of Texas at Austin did not heed our repeated warnings about the direct threat to academic freedom and institutional neutrality posed by its now-appr......

June 10, 2021

3.

Tracking "Cancel Culture" in Higher Education

UPDATED: A repository of 176 administrators, professors, and students who have been "canceled" for expressing views deemed unacceptable by higher education ideologues....

Most Read

May 15, 2015

1.

Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter....

May 24, 2021

2.

The Jay Bergman Debacle: An Extended Study in Academic Cancel Culture

CCSU Professor of History and long-time NAS Board member Jay Bergman is under fire from colleagues, school superintendents, and the local media. His crime? Criticizing the 1619 Project....

May 18, 2021

3.

How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

Updated 5/18/2021: We're keeping track of all Confucius Institutes in the United States, including those that remain open, those that closed, and those that have announced their clo......