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Is President Kim A Neo-Con?
The New York Times reported the other day on the passing of Irving Kristol. Its lengthy obituary comments on the genesis of neo-conservatism:
The Public Interest writers did not take issue with the ends of the Great Society so much as with the means, the “unintended consequences” of the Democrats’ good intentions. Welfare programs, they argued, were breeding a culture of dependency; affirmative action created social divisions and did damage to its supposed beneficiaries. They placed practicality ahead of ideals. “The legitimate question to ask about any program,” Mr. Kristol said, “is, ‘Will it work?’,” and the reforms of the 1960s and ’70s, he believed, were not working.In the Valley News today, President Kim uses language that is surprisingly similar:
He [President Kim] said there are many areas in which assessment tools could be used to better gauge what takes place at colleges and universities. One example, he said, is student volunteer work. “We have to be sure when students are going out and they engage in social activities, that what they’re doing is actually well thought out and effective and has an impact. Oftentimes what happens is that social service programs are more about the act of giving. … But when you say, ‘But did it work?’ We often don’t know. What we’ll try to do is make sure that anything that (students) do is done in a way that’s evidence-based and actually leads to improved outcomes. I think that would be a wonderful way for us to have a broader impact on the community.”
No argument from this corner on the above. Whatever label you want to apply to such an attitude, I sincerely hope that President Kim will have George Orwell’s self-described “power of facing unpleasant facts.” If intellectual rigor can replace PR spin at Dartmouth, we will all be better off.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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