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NCFM Adviser Gordon Finley PhD, Real higher ed not easy to find – and the cowboy way

March 20, 2019
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Real higher ed not easy to find

The letter below was published in The Washington Times on Monday, March 18, 2019. It is followed by the link to a column titled “The ‘cowboy way’ under fire” which chronicles the fate of one western tradition under identity politics and political correctness. It also reports on The University of Wyoming’s new slogan “The World Needs More Cowboys.”

Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gordon_Finley

nat;ional coalition for menReal higher ed not easy to find

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/18/letters-to-the-editor-real-higher-ed-not-easy-to-f/

If you are a coastal elite parent of progressive inclinations, there are a wide range of colleges and universities you can encourage your children to attend (“The ‘cowboy way’ under fire,” Web, March 17). If, however, you value a traditional liberal arts education and want your child to have one, you have a problem finding a non-ideological college or university that will provide it. Further, you need to think about whether you and your children want to incur substantial debt to turn out “social justice warriors.”

Political socialization used to be both the domain and responsibility of parents. Today, however, political socialization has been outsourced from the family to both lower and higher institutions of education.

As both a father and a retired academic, I endorse the old adage that “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Nonetheless, for that sliver of parents who value self-reliance, grit and courage, a degree in “cowboy studies” may not make your children any worse off than a degree in “gender studies,” “race studies” or “victimology studies.”

 

GORDON E. FINLEY

Professor of psychology emeritus

Florida International University

Miami

The ‘cowboy way’ under fire

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/17/the-cowboy-way-is-the-latest-target-of-political-c/

NCFM Adviser Gordon Finley PhD, Real higher ed not easy to find – and the cowboy way

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One Response to NCFM Adviser Gordon Finley PhD, Real higher ed not easy to find – and the cowboy way

  1. Douglas Milnes on March 20, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Increasingly wary of the unhelpful trouble caused by employing social justice warriors, companies in the UK would probably prefer a graduate in flower arranging to one in ‘gender studies’.

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