Here is an email chain I sent to a conservative friend. Part of me just wants to give up the whole education fight but I know that we have to keep moving forward with it even if it’s just me and five other people. The left and the right’s “doe in the headlights” naïve ones are entrenching the left in the superstructure of higher ed more and more each day, even as they keep us constantly outraged over Trigglypuff and students who try to stop people from wearing Halloween costumes. We’ve got to move!
EARLY CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Grants to help departments expand career development services for graduate students
Convention travel grants for students, adjunct faculty members, and independent scholars
MLA internships for students interested in careers at nonprofit organizations
Departmental consultancy visits to promote best practices and uniform standards for hiring, supporting, and mentoring graduate students and adjunct faculty members
Professional development grants to help part-time faculty members pay for research and conference travel, continuing education, new technology, and more
Preconvention workshops for graduate students on humanities careers outside the academy
Online advocacy campaigns and lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, to rally support for humanities education
Course development grants for faculty members to develop courses that build enrollments and revitalize student interest in the humanities
Trainings in op-ed writing to increase the range and quality of voices advocating for the humanities and language study
MLA BENEFIT FOR THE HUMANITIES
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Humanities New York
Kerber Gost Agency
New Jersey Council for the Humanities
Spherical Cow Group
From what I can gather, these folks are using 501c-3 money to advance a liberal agenda and Republicans in Congress are handing them millions of dollars to do it. Their goal is to lobby Congress to allow higher-ed institutions to keep their gravy train of tax exemptions, subsidies, grants, and student loan certifications intact.
Why aren’t we lobbying to shake up the accreditation agencies?
The MLA supported the event by paying transportation expenses for members from states whose legislators represented key votes on support for humanities funding. MLA member Jessica Winston, professor of English and chair of the Department of History at Idaho State University, kindly agreed to fly out to meet with the Idaho delegation. I met with staffers from the offices of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) as well as accompanying the Pennsylvania team on their visits. Winston met with staffers from the offices of Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Raúl Labrador (R-ID). In addition, she and other advocates met with Senator James Risch (R-ID).It comes from the 2019 annual report. How on earth did the academic left get these Republicans to sign on to a $2 million increase in NEH funding the same year Trump called for its defunding? And there have been no efforts to compel them to fix their political bias because every time we talk about the bias in these organizations, we get another speech in Congress from Ben Shapiro or Robbie George about how we need to refrain from telling these taxpayer-funded entities what to do.
——, is there anyone out there who might want to form a task force that is serious about forcing the Republican-controlled Senate and Trump’s Dept. of Education to start defunding these people?
It is so infuriating sometimes I do not even want to read about this but I think it’s crucial we do something during Trump’s last 2 years. I admire a lot of the conservative activists but we have to face the fact that they are not getting anywhere with the model of activism we have been using. (See here: https://www.
americanthinker.com/articles/ 2018/11/the_education_issue_ for_2020_get_off_the_path_of_ least_resistance.html ).I was one of the 140 scholars who signed the support of Trump. I have gotten into the large meetings of the faith in education group under the White House. If we don’t act now we’re missing a huge chance.
Do you know anyone who thinks the way I do who might want to do something?
Let me know.
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