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ANALYSIS: You Have No Idea How Bad Our Elite Colleges Are

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Dylan Housman Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent
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The promulgation of critical race theory and radical gender ideology didn’t begin in K-12 schools. It took over America’s most prestigious universities first, and is flourishing there.

Conservatives have long argued that colleges are leading young people towards leftist ideology, while failing to provide a space for intellectual diversity and freedom of thought. Not all conservative students experience this, but the more prestigious the school, the more likely it is that CRT and its ilk are running rampant.

The Ivy League is likely the biggest culprit in American education. The elite group of universities clustered in the Northeast is home to some of the most radical professors and courses, and many of the practices promoted at these institutions trickle their way down to the rest of the country’s educators. For good or for ill, Ivy League schools are trailblazers in higher education.

They’ve arguably never been worse. The conservative fight against progressivism in higher education isn’t new, but across the Ivy League, new or recently-implemented programs and events are demonstrating that the march of CRT continues on over the objections of the right.

The coursework itself is the first place to look. At Harvard, courses are still teaching that race is a “social construction” and promoting CRT-infused “anti-racist” material. (RELATED: As Liberal Media Insists Conservatives Can’t ‘Define’ CRT, They Flub The Definition Themselves)

Yale has an entire law course dedicated explicitly to critical race theory. On the gender front, Yale’s Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies program includes classes like “Queer Modernisms,” “Subjectivity and its Discontents: Psychosocial Explorations in Black, Feminist, Queer” and “Neoliberalisms, Queer Feminisms, and Social Responsibility.”

Cornell University offers “The Art of Telling: Chicanx, Latinx, and AfroLatinx Testimonios” and “Making Public Queer History,” and Brown University has an “Introduction to Critical Race Theory” graduate course.

The courses themselves aren’t the only source of far-left social ideology on Ivy League campuses. Administrators and faculty members are imploring educators to instill the values of social justice and CRT into everything they do. It’s become central to the mission of many of these institutions.

Yale Law School dean Heather Gerken sent an email last summer telling the school community that going forward, she would be promoting “swift and significant action” to “confront, challenge, and combat racism and to serve the cause of racial justice.”

Brown’s Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning has a long declaration that “effective teaching is anti-racist teaching.” It states that Brown educators hope their classrooms can be “sites of social transformation.” The educators cite notorious CRT promoter Ibram X. Kendi as a key influence on their statement.

At Columbia, racial segregation is making a comeback decades after it was eradicated from higher education. In March, the university announced it would hold six separate graduation ceremonies where students could choose to segregate themselves based on race, income level or ethnicity.

Meanwhile, the president of Princeton University has declared his very own institution to be systemically racist to its core. (RELATED: ‘Lean Into The Culture War’: Republican Study Committee Tells GOP Fighting Critical Race Theory Is A Winning Message)

Unfortunately, students at these schools don’t have the option of entirely avoiding this ideological indoctrination if they so choose. Requirements that students are subjected to various diversity and inclusion materials are becoming more and more common.

At the University of Pennsylvania, students must take a course covering “U.S. Cultural Diversity.” This includes options such as “Folklore and Sexuality” and “Latinx Communities and the Role of CBO’s in Social Change.”

Dartmouth began requiring all incoming students to attend diversity and inclusion training at orientation in the 2016-2017 academic year. (RELATED: Where Did Critical Race Theory Get Its Start?)

The Ivy League hasn’t been entirely overrun by CRT adherents. There are some faculty members who push back against the leftward drift, and even some who are conservatives.

For instance, Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson founded Criticalrace.org, a site which tracks implementation of critical race theory curricula and programs at schools across the country, and provides information on how to fight back.

“The website is a resource for parents and students who no longer can assume they will be left alone,” Jacobson said earlier this year. “The entire ideology of CRT and ‘anti-racist’ training is that ‘silence is violence.'”

Still, the likes of Jacobson are heavily outnumbered at Cornell, throughout the Ivy League and within higher education as a whole. For every professor like Jacobson, there is a Nikole Hannah-Jones fighting to get tenure at the University of North Carolina.

That’s why schools like Harvard will continue to be able to teach classes like “Abolish Police: The Politics of Public Safety in the Age of Social Media.” It’s critically important for the future of America to have the best and brightest students at the most prestigious institutions of higher knowledge reading anti-racism material by Kendi and learning about the racist roots of American policing.