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Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education

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Roger Kimball isn't afraid to name names or point a finger directly at specific individuals, schools, and politically motivated groups--such as feminists and deconstructionists--whom he feels are responsible for education's current state of disarray.
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by HarperCollins Publishers
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From the acknowledgements page (where Kimball credits both the arriere garde *New Criterion* and the fetid Olin Foundation) to the concluding quotation of fascist sympathizer Evelyn Waugh, this text manages to get just about everything wrong. Some of the more salient problems, culled (simply for brevity's sake) from the preface and first chapter:

--Intellectual Dishonesty: Kimball claims that "the self-righteous emphasis on 'diversity,' 'relevance,' and 'sensitivity' provides a graphic example o
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 09, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
Okay, up front, Some of you will hate this book, you'll disagree and without even reading it. Others like myself will look at it and say, "Yeah, I've seen this going on." Like media bias some of us see it, find it obvious and wonder that anyone refuses to believe it.

This book deals with the current condition of unbiased scholarship in our institutions of higher learning. In short, it's pretty much nonexistent.

The ideal of University was always supposed to uninfluenced education. Beginning in th
Nathanael Myers
Hilarious stuff. Kimball rails against the "politicized" realm of humanities academe. He points fingers at Derrida, Hirsch, Stanley Fish, Lacan, Among others. He laments the turn towards multiculturalism. On the one hand, as an academic, I totally agree with Kimball's point that much that passes for scholarship these days is incompressible blather. Small points obscured behind large, preferably Latinate or newly coined, words. Unfortunately, many of Kimball's arguments are poorly supported or, i ...more
Robert Holm
I'm not a conservative - in fact, I loathe all political ideologies in equal measure. And yes, Roger Kimball is a nut (in much of what he writes, he comes across as your average far-right, partisan, Bible-quoting climate change denier, with delusions of elitism, probably because that's what he is). But you don't have to be a conservative, or agree with any of his idiotic opinions on other subjects, to enjoy his full frontal assault in this book on the "tenured radicals" of the title. It's a laud ...more
Kevin Kosar
The primary question I have for this book is, "Is what Kimball is describing the exception or the norm?" It is critical as his entire text rests upon this simple matter of fact...(read more)
Laura Casper
Mar 21, 2008 Laura Casper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An absolute must who anyone who teaches in higher education. It is great book about the politics of the Ivory Tower.
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American art critic and social commentator. He was educated at Cheverus High School, a Jesuit institution in South Portland, Maine, and then at Bennington College, where he received his B.A. in philosophy and classical Greek, and at Yale University. He first gained prominence in the early 1990s with the publication of his book, Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Higher Education. Additio ...more
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