The former dean of Yale Law School argues that the feverish egalitarianism gripping college campuses today is out of place at institutions whose job is to prepare citizens to live in a vibrant democracy. In his tenure at Yale, Kronman has watched students protest the names of buildings and seen colleagues resign over emails about Halloween costumes. He is no stranger to recent confrontations at American universities. But where many see only the suppression of free speech, the babying of students, and the drive to bury the imperfect parts of our history, Kronman recognizes a threat to our democracy. The founders of our nation knew that to have a robust democratic government, its citizens must be trained to have tough skins, make up their own minds, and win arguments not on the basis of emotion but because their side is closer to the truth. Kronman makes the argument that to graduate as good citizens, college students have to be tested in a system that isn’t wholly focused on being good to them.
Assault on American Excellence
- From the Publisher
January 1, 2013
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