Death of objective truth on campus is destroying higher education, university president says
by Lauren Fox
Higher education suffers when academics abandon objective truth for relativism, giving out degrees in opinions rather than knowledge, a university president says.
“When we as a community rejected truth … when we decided that there is no objective truth any longer and that everything is truth with a lowercase ‘t’ — nothing but a construct, nothing but a collection of cultural constructs where people agree together — then it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as it works for you–which is of course nonsense,” said Dr. Everett Piper, Oklahoma Wesleyan University president, in an interview with The College Fix.
Piper, author of the newly released book, Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth, said the self-absorption of the current college generation is leading universities and students to glorify opinions, not truth.
“Opinions lead to bondage,” he told The Fix. “Truth sets you free.”
Piper made national headlines in 2015 when he defiantly told students in a campus message that “This is not a daycare. It’s a university!” He was prompted to write the missive after a student responded to a chapel service that he felt victimized and uncomfortable.
Now Piper’s followed up with a book that delves into similar themes.
“Safety is synonymous with comfort, and comfort is antithetical to confrontation and growth,” he writes in his book, adding that the “purpose of the university is the pursuit of truth. Yet truth is precisely what is most unwelcome at so many universities today that insist on protecting students from having to encounter it.”
“Safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” actually support intolerance and fascism, Piper told The Fix.
“When we start telling people that don’t agree with us that they are no longer welcome in the debate, in the argument, in the exchange of ideas…then you’re not going to have education any longer. What you’re going to have is mutually assured indoctrination…
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