Light up ed­u­ca­tion

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

Jeremy Sam­mut’s ar­ti­cle (Free­dom of speech 101, 7/10) is cer­tainly timely, as our na­tion’s ter­tiary cen­tres of ed­u­ca­tion in­cre­men­tally be­come places of “en­dark­en­ment”, rather than en­light­en­ment.

The sim­ple fact is that too many vice-chan­cel­lors and lec­tur­ers have been cap­tured by the scourge of iden­tity pol­i­tics, which has spread like gan­grene through our main­stream uni­ver­si­ties. Thus, im­pres­sion­able grad­u­ates com­plete their de­gree, fully armed with a soured green-left view of so­ci­ety and a black arm­band of Aus­tralian his­tory mind­set, inanely be­liev­ing that our re­mark­able Ju­daeoChris­tian Western cul­ture is some­how the source of all civil ills.

Our demo­cratic, West­min­ster sys­tem of gover­nance has in­deed made Aus­tralia an over­all en­vi­able place to live.

Yet, ac­tively pro­mot­ing this re­quires at­test­ing to the pos­i­tive in­flu­ence of the Bi­ble, the ne­ces­sity of free speech and the im­por­tance of ro­bust civil de­bate: all facets which the so­cial jus­tice war­riors and ag­grieved ac­tivists try to side­line or shut down.

We need to cham­pion our na­tional build­ing blocks, but the task is made that much more dif­fi­cult when, iron­i­cally, those who have pre­cisely ben­e­fited the most from them, are in fact, con­cur­rently try­ing to sab­o­tage our faith­ful foun­da­tions.

Pe­ter Water­house, Craigieburn

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