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‘The Ideological Rot Runs Deep, and It Is Thorough,’ Says Washington Examiner Editor Kaylee McGee White

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2023
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WASHINGTON DC, Dec 8 — Higher education is not what it used to be, says Kaylee McGee White, the Restoring America Editor for the Washington Examiner. Colleges and universities are supposed to help the next generations “understand their role in society, who they are as human beings and what they have to give to society and what their place is in it.” In a recent interview with Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens and host of AMAC’s Better For America podcast, White explained that “those goals have been completely distorted by the vast majority of college campuses today.”

In an article she penned in the Examiner, A better kind of college blacklist, White noted that “the rise in radicalism that we’ve seen on display after the Hamas attack on Israel, where you see a number of students openly endorsing a terrorist organization and the attacks on Jewish Israelis is not isolated radicalism. This is not limited to radicalism. This is actually very much in line with other behavior that we’ve seen displayed over the past several years.”

As she explained it, “college is supposed to prepare students for the next phase of life…  to help them get better jobs, help them make more money in the future. The second purpose of higher education, which is the most important, is that higher education is supposed to help form the character of students. It’s supposed to help them understand their role in society, who they are as human beings and what they have to give to society and what their place is in society. Unfortunately, both of those goals have been completely distorted by the vast majority of college campuses today. There’s a reason why, in a recent poll, more than 56 percent of Americans said they have very little confidence in America’s colleges to be able to prepare students for better jobs.”

In particular, White noticed that left leaning college campuses have stopped trying to teach students. Instead, she said,  they’ve been “indoctrinating them and telling them what they should believe and how they should act and what they should say. One example of this is what we call service learning. It’s made up of courses taught by college administrators rather than professors, courses that encourage students to participate in civic activity [such as] taking part in protests, volunteering at the local Planned Parenthood.  Students are actually getting college credit for taking part in these activities. The goal is to encourage students to participate in left wing civic activities.  Hardly ever will you see professors or administrators encourage students to partake in a conservative rally or host a conservative speaker. So there is a specific ideological bent that students are being pushed toward.”

She said that it may come as a surprise that American college students support Hamas in its war with Israel. Indeed, White said, it’s worrisome to see students at anti-Israel protests, to see them endorsing “the genocide of Jewish people.” She noted that a number of employers have come out in support of Israel and “want those students to be blacklisted from future careers because they are not capable of participating in a society that is grounded on basic ethical norms if you’re endorsing the actions of a terrorist organization. What college blacklists also help do is incentivize students who actually care about education, who actually care about being productive citizens. It discourages those students from seeking to affiliate with schools like Harvard, like Stanford, like Yale that have proven themselves to be morally bankrupt.”

Moving on, White tackled the issue of “gender ideology,” what she described as the “rejection of objective truth itself, the idea that there aren’t two sexes, that you can choose whatever you want to be, that you can change who you are without any consequences. That’s asinine, it’s not truth. And yet we are teaching millions of young children that they can reject objective truth about who they are and about how they fit into this world. Objective truth about basic biological realities with zero consequence, and there have already been serious consequences from that ideological indoctrination.” 

As she put it, there have been “horrible stories of the consequences that they’re dealing with both physically and emotionally from being captured by this ideology by trying to destroy who they were and change who they were because they believed that they could. These stories are harrowing and should really give us pause to consider what we’re doing to the next generation. The ideological rot runs deep, and it is thorough. It has captured almost every single American institution, from the Supreme Court, at least with one justice, to the K-12 public education system, to healthcare, to the entire scientific research community. It is deep, it is rotten, and it has to be rooted out. Yet we’re being told, and we are teaching millions of young children that they can reject objective truth about who they are and about how they fit into this world.”

FOOTNOTE: The Hill news site issued a report earlier this week noting that “Both Republican and Democratic members of the House tore into three university presidents Tuesday at a hearing focused on the responses their colleges have had to the rise in antisemitism since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack … The presidents of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) all had to defend their policies, though they often declined to give specifics. ‘ Today, each of you have a chance to answer to atone for the many specific instances of vitriolic, hate-filled antisemitism on your respective campuses that have denied students the safe learning environment,’ Rep. Virginia Fox  (R-N.C.), chairwoman for the House Education Committee, told them in her opening statement.”

John Grimaldi served on the first non-partisan communications department in the New York State Assembly and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Priva Technologies, Inc. He has served for more than thirty years as a Trustee of Daytop Village Foundation, which oversees a worldwide drug rehabilitation network.

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Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
2 months ago

Praise for Kaylee McGee White for what she wrote regarding the situation at colleges/universities at present. It is of great importance to have knowledge about the lack of concern for good character , for intellectual standards presented as she has done. Those of us who believe in the ideals of Faith,Family and Freedom and have respect for the principles at the foundation of this Nation will appreciate her work. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution , especially the Bill of Rights make for an outlook on life that is respectful of life, that is realistic, and that is based on courage, intelligence , kindness, fairness , honor and loyalty. Although not perfect those two works, the Declaration and the Bill of Rights have provided inspiration for achievements to make improvements by thinking in a positive, optimistic , respectful manner. In the spirit of God bless America , land of the free and the home of the brave. Well done with this article. With respect. Let truth and Liberty prevail.
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Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
2 months ago

College was NOT like this when I went.

Susabella
Susabella
2 months ago

Higher education is definitely the cause of most of the unrest in our young people, but my question, when I see the violence, hatred, anger displayed by even pre-teen kids these days is, where are the parents??? I am a mother, grandmother, great grandmother. None in my family would be allowed to act out in this way, and most of my family members are Democrats, but raised with conservative values. Behavior, respect, attitudes are taught first in the home. Where are the parents of today’s kids? Who will stand up to repeal the ridiculous rule that in a welfare home, there can be no adult male? Where are the badly needed fathers??? Where are the politicians who will stand up for what is right and declare what is wrong? Where are the prosecutors, the judges, the local political leaders who allow such bad behavior??

Rich
Rich
2 months ago

Wow, a young person that has insight and the guts to speak the truth. She is amazing. It gives me some hope for the future. One word that jumped out at me when I read the article was character. Too many of our young college know-it-all’s have lost character and moral values, along with being able to think for themselves. The ones that have these values have a big job ahead to turn the tide of social responsibility.

Larry
Larry
2 months ago

While I agree somewhat that the purpose of college is to develop one’s character and prepare for a career, I think those are more the responsibility of parents and family, often aided by churches or other social activities earlier in life. Maybe decades ago institutions of higher learning could accomplish and be trusted with this task, but what I experienced about 30 years ago showed me that one needs to have at least the beginning of a well developed character before entering the often detrimental brainwashing of many such institutions.

Hgk
Hgk
2 months ago

Please Jesus help me and all of us (especially atheists, agnostics, and other secularists) find You and obey Your Teachings to better deserve Your Grace for all of us.????????????????????????????????????????

Hgk
Hgk
2 months ago

Please start accepting emojis.

David Millikan
David Millikan
2 months ago

Excellent article telling the TRUTH.

Hgku
Hgku
2 months ago

Screed seems racist. Maybe misogynistic and xenophobic too.

LOL useless Nihilism.

Please Jesus help me and all of us (especially atheists, agnostics, and all secularists) find You and obey Your Teachings to better deserve Your Grace for all of us.

Ps. Please allow emojis.

Merlin Michaud
Merlin Michaud
2 months ago

She is right on and a fine credit to her paper. I would welcome her into my life if given a choice.

Just some advice
Just some advice
2 months ago

You have a very punchable face girl.
dont be seen around schools with it or they might use for a bag and don’t think that little gun you got wiill help.

greg
greg
2 months ago

she is a hypocrite, going to hillsdale, a far right ultra extremist college and supports banning anything that doesn’t align with her far right extremist views, and she defends far right kkk nazis, she’s probably in church now condemning others and getting forgiven for all the bad things she did in the last week

greg
greg
2 months ago

time for church for the far right where fundamentalist christians will be forgiven for things such as rape, beating a child, financial fraud, voting multiple times, etc, only to do it again next week and then going to church to be forgiven again

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