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Universities Pushing Political Agendas Instead Of Excellence: Fareed Zakaria


Universities Pushing Political Agendas Instead Of Excellence: Fareed Zakaria

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – Newsman Fareed Zakaria said that America’s top universities should abandon their long misadventure into politics and rebuild their reputations as centers of research and learning.

In a video message posted on X, the CNN journalist and political commentator said that a “broad shift has taken place at elite universities, which have gone from being centers of excellence to institutions pushing political agendas.”

“American universities have been neglecting a core focus on excellence in order to pursue a variety of agendas, many of them clustered around diversity and inclusion,” Zakaria said.

His remarks came after the presidents of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) faced ire after they testified on December 5 about increasing concerns of antisemitism on their campuses.

“What we saw in the House hearing this week was the inevitable result of decades of the politicization of universities,” Zakaria said.

“These universities and these presidents could not make the case clearly that at the center of the university is the free expression of ideas. And then while harassment and intimidation would not be tolerated, offensive speech would and should be protected,” he added.

In the backdrop of the Israel-Hamas war, campuses have witnessed a rise in hate crime incidents. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania after receiving alleged complaints of antisemitism and Islamophobia.

The presidents, questioned by the Republican-led House Committee on Education and the Workforce, said they have a disdain for antisemitic language but also value free speech.

Following the hearing, the presidents faced a social media backlash with nearly 72 lawmakers demanding the dismissal of these three presidents.

Zakaria said that America’s top colleges are no longer seen as bastions of excellence for partisan outfits, “which means they will keep getting buffeted by these political storms as they emerge”.

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  • He is a Muslim and cannot be trusted.

    December 11, 2023
  • Freed Zakaria is one of the most learned TV Pundit and commentator in the U.S. His analysis, findings, and conclusions are insightful, far reaching, and challenging most of the time. However, this time his assessment of American universities is bit more critical than they deserve. American universities remain the leading centers of excellence in research, instruction, and innovations in the world. He may be right in his observations that the recruitment of presidents at the leading universities may have some tint of politics due to DEI principles; however, the U.S. universities remain in favor of overall excellence in education and merit selections.

    December 11, 2023

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