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Fareed Zakaria tells Harvard, MIT and other top schools to ‘abandon’ politics and rebuild trust with Americans

CNN host Fareed Zakaria said in a video that went viral on social media that the country's elite schools have “turned from schools of excellence to institutions promoting political agendas.”

“People are sensing a change,” Zakaria said, adding, “This decline in higher education has made the United States an outlier among all developed countries.” with a clip The video has been viewed over 23 million times and counting online.

Zakaria said that as a result of ideological extremism, America's top universities are “no longer viewed as centers of excellence, but as partisan institutions. This means that whenever these political storms emerge, universities continue to be “We will continue to be exposed to those waves.”

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CNN host Fareed Zakaria said in a video that went viral on social media that the country's elite schools have “turned from schools of excellence to institutions promoting political agendas.” (Getty Images)

“They should abandon this long misfortune in politics, retrain their core strengths and rebuild their reputation as a center of research and learning,” the CNN anchor said.

“American universities are neglecting their core focus on excellence in pursuit of a variety of agendas, many of which center around diversity and inclusion,” Professor Zakaria told the audience. Ta. “It started with the best of intentions. The university wanted to ensure that young people of all backgrounds had access to higher education and felt comfortable on campus. But those good intentions were compounded by a dogmatic ideology. changed, transforming these universities into places steeped in purpose.'' It's not an academic achievement, but one of politics and social engineering. ”

Zakaria also noted the recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action, a controversial policy that allows universities to use race as a factor in college admissions. In a 6-3 opinion, the Supreme Court effectively invalidated that policy, concluding that using race as a factor in admissions violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Still, Zakaria said, elite universities sometimes double their racial quotas.

“The reaction of some universities to this ruling appears to be to go further down this path and eliminate the requirement for standardized tests such as the SAT, a step that would leave universities with little reference to objective standards. Of course.'' Those who will suffer the most will be bright students from poor backgrounds, who typically use tests such as the PSAT to prove their qualifications. ”

“The most obvious lack of diversity on campus, political diversity, clearly affects our ability to analyze many issues, but it is never addressed,” Zakaria said, adding that political diversity on university campuses He pointed out the prevalence of “safe spaces, warnings,” and “microaggressions.” .

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Zakaria said that as a result of ideological extremism, America's top universities are “no longer viewed as centers of excellence, but as partisan institutions. This means that whenever these political storms emerge, universities continue to be “We will continue to be exposed to those waves.” (Screenshot from CNN)

Zakaria also directly responded to accusations of rising anti-Semitism at American universities.

“Jewish organizations will wonder why safe spaces, microaggressions, and hate speech don't apply to us,” Zakaria said. “If universities can take a stand against free speech to make some groups feel safe, why can't we? For too long, university administrators have coddled many student groups. , I found myself cringing, unable to explain why certain groups do what they do.” [like] Jew [and] Asians don't seem to be considered in these conversations. ”

Zakaria continued, “Having gone too far down an ideological path, these universities and their presidents have decided that the center of their universities is the free expression of thought, and that harassment and intimidation will not be tolerated but are offensive.'' I was unable to clearly state that.” Speech will and should be protected. ”

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