In a Wall Street Journal Op Ed about ROTC, I found a marvelous statement which I think says a lot about many of those who call themselves “educators”:

In February 2011, a group of 72 Columbia and Barnard faculty members wrote: “The militarization of the campus represented by ROTC’s uniformed presence is at odds with what we, as educators, hold sacrosanct.”


The same group of Columbia and Barnard faculty members warned, “ROTC, and the military in general, trains people for obedience to the chain of command, whereas the university cultivates a critical and constantly questioning consciousness.”

The editorial does a pretty good job of rebutting the “educators'” assertions, but what I find incredibly rich is the contradiction above.

Without explaining why, the educators say that ROTC is at odds with what they hold “sacrosanct.” Sacrosanct is a very strong and ancient word, with quasi-religious connotations:

Regarded as sacred and inviolable.


So, without getting into the specific reasons they hold opposition to ROTC as sacrosanct, that word means they consider the subject to be beyond debate, and not open to question in any way.

So how on earth can they reconcile their “sacrosanct” belief system with the claim that the university “cultivates a critical and constantly questioning consciousness”? Because if in fact the university does that, then it means not accepting anything as “sacrosanct,” and any assertion claimed to be “sacrosanct” would be inherently at odds with university principles. And those who insist on certain things being sacrosanct are doing little more than training people for obedience to the chain of command.

I realize the pompous idiots who wrote the above cannot speak for all educators, but I only hope they are few in number, and do not typify their profession.

If educators are at odds with the very principles they claim to champion, no wonder there’s an education bubble.

UPDATE: Many thanks to Sarah Hoyt (who is guest blogging at Instapundit) for linking this post, and a warm welcome to all.

Comments appreciated, agree or disagree.