In a certain sense, the abstraction and often-indirect benefits of higher education ensure that students can always get what they pay for. I mean:
In his “Introduction to Multicultural Literature,” for example, professor John Streamas informs students in his syllabus that he expects white students who want “to do well in this class” to “reflect” their “grasp of history and social relations” by “deferring to the experiences of people of color.” …
A second Washington State faculty member, Selena Lester Breikss, warns students in her “Women & Popular Culture” course this semester that they risk “failure for the semester” if they use the terms “male” or “female.” . . .
“Students will come to recognize how white privilege functions in everyday social structures and institutions,” Breikss adds.
When a student is fed that sort of nonsense by people who make a lot of money at institutions for which those students and their families are spending serious money or incurring mammoth debt, the tendency will be to believe — to want to believe — that they aren’t spending all that time and money to be spoon fed intellectual mush that will make them into good little progressive slaves. Look at it from their point of view: It’s outrageous enough to put so much time and money into an education that provides no career and no real occupational skills. Having to admit that you were suckered in the bargain might be too much to take, and so the young adults head out in the world as if they bring with them the finest wisdom.
I wonder if that mightn’t be the real reason Huck Finn has lost favor on American campuses.