I got one of my degrees 40 years ago from a very reputable, nationally known institution in metro Atlanta. I went back earlier this year to take a variety of soft discipline classes from their undergraduate catalog. Let me share with you what I have learned first-hand from this “before” and “after” snapshot of the same school. It’s not pretty.

First of all, the quality of the students is significantly below what I experienced in the late 1970s. Our secondary school system has simply failed these kids. They are not prepared for either scholarly work – or work in general. Their communication skills, both verbal and written, are embarrassing. When we work on group projects together, I can tell that these are bright, intelligent people that want to achieve and excel. Unfortunately, they are incredibly ignorant. They have no meaningful knowledge of American history, civics, or how our republic works. They have not been challenged in high school on how to do proper problem solving. They cannot critically analyze, much less come up with a realistic solution set. I shudder to think of these guys trying to operate effectively in the business world that I recently retired from.

The second thing I noticed is even more disturbing. I have witnessed a very pronounced shift toward liberal indoctrination of these young “scholars” and future American leaders. I see it in my faculty, my books/course content, the support/affinity groups on campus, and the university’s leadership. Sometimes it is very subtle and sometimes, it is really “in your face.” I see these bright kids being fed information and absorbing attitudes that are just plain wrong. They are “educated” that America is basically unfair and that they are all victims. Hard work, ambition, and self-reliance are no longer values that are championed. Protesting for what America “owes you” and “working the system” is the new, correct path. Nor is there a sense of national pride or a feeling of community. When I was here the first time, it was “we’re all family, so let’s resolve our differences and pull together.” Not anymore. This just tears my heart out.

Our historians have correctly observed that great societies are not murdered - - they commit suicide. We’re committing suicide, y’all.

John Bowers

Covington