Our universities are being transformed into institutions of professional training and certification.
“The Reichstag is Still Burning”: Harry Jaffa’s Prophetic Farewell to Higher Education
This week's feature is based on the following essay (downloadable as a PDF) written by Professor Harry V. Jaffa in 1989, which served as his farewell address to full-time faculty status at Claremont McKenna College. It remains an illuminating and prophetic statement in response to political correctness and the decay of higher education in contemporary America. The newly published book of his writings from which it is taken can be purchased at the link below.
Excerpted from The Rediscovery of America: Essays by Harry V. Jaffa on the New Birth of Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or printed without further permission in writing from the publisher.
The American Mind presents a range of perspectives. Views are writers’ own and do not necessarily represent those of The Claremont Institute.
Also in this feature
Our universities' loss of intelligent direction is a greater threat than their radicalization.
Colleges today encourage students to conflate youthful arrogance with high moral purpose.