A Harvard professor asserted that the school president is abetting the “slow decline” of the university from an institution seeking “truth” to one pursuing “change” in statements published Tuesday.
Harvard government professor Harvey Mansfield denounced President Drew Faust’s approach, as well as the school’s grade inflation, in the August 2017 print edition of Boston Magazine, segments of which Harvard blogger and former MIT professor Philip Greenspun posted on his blog.
“[Faust] hasn’t done anything … to make [Harvard] offer a more demanding education, and she has participated in this slow decline from veritas to change,” Mansfield said in Boston Magazine. “Our motto is truth, but we now interpret that as adjusting to the changes of society. That is an essentially passive goal, which is conformist.”
“The world is changing, and Harvard must adapt to this inexorable movement,” the professor told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “What is change? Sounds neutral, but it means change for the good, change toward greater equality of individuals and peoples. It certainly isn’t maintaining tradition or conserving what is good. ‘Good’ goes with change, not with conserving. So ‘change’ means dedicated to progressivism and P.C.”
Mansfield also addressed grade inflation at Harvard. The professor is known for giving students who take his classes two separate grades, one on the typical Harvard scale, with 50 percent of students receiving “A” or “A-,” and one on a scale in which only 20 percent receive those grades.
“The early 70s. When black students arrived, they benefited from great good will, which is the passion behind affirmative action,” the professor said in Boston Magazine. “A professor wasn’t going to give a black student a C, so … he couldn’t give them to white students either.”
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