AnthonyKronman, the former dean of Yale Law School, thinks colleges have gone overboard in their quests for equality. Instead of burying the bits of our country's history that are embarrassing or imperfect, students should be toughening their skins.
Kronmanis no strangertouniversity confrontations and even had a colleague resign over emails about Halloween costumes. He doesn't seethis asfree speech being squashed but rather as it being athreat to our democracy.
AsKronmanargues in The Assault on American Excellence, thecountry'sfounders learned that in orderto have a robust democratic government, its citizens have to betaughtto havethickskins, to make up their own minds, and to win arguments-- not arguments based on emotion, but on truth.In other words,peopleneed tobesmart fightersandthink clearly so they're not manipulated by demagogues.
Kronmanwrites warmly and optimistically; he's a humanist and a lover of the humanities who is passionate about educating studentscapable of living up to the demands of a thriving democracy.The Assault on American Excellence makes the radical 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.
He has previously written books about law, legal ethics and education, plus an exploration of his personal theology,Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan.
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