Peaking Through Fingers: A Look at the Decline of Education

Victor Davis Hanson and cohost Jack Fowler explore Japan’s new defense strategy, and Harvard’s Roland Fryer and Cornell’s students-against-grades in an anatomy of the woke destruction of the university. They finish with a short history of the Battle of the Bulge.

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  1. Most if not all well paying jobs require a college degree. Don’t get distracted, and discourage by this kind of talk. Education is in decline, so what? You still need to eat. Try to learn marketable skills while in college. Minimize expenses, consider going to a community college before transferring to a 4 year university. Apply for financial aid, grants, and scholarship. In America, if you are considered poor, but have good grades, and high SAT/ACT scores, you will get plenty of money from government, and scholarship. Look around, ask questions, do some research. Don’t blindly give up. Don’t be a fool. Take the SAT/ACT. Take some practice tests, review questions/answers. Take it multiple times if you have to. If you are a decent student, go to medical or law school. Most physicians and lawyers I know aren’t very bright. But they have a license, while I don’t. It’s a hard life living on minimum wages in your 20’s, especially if you have no hope and dreams of a better future. Good luck!

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    1. no, don’t blindly give up or be foolish. But, it certainly is foolish for Congress to allow the invasion by uninvited non-educated people in the millions. Does anyone really think there’s that many jobs available for them ? There has to be a reckoning at some point, and will not be pretty.

      Also wondering how much longer the stock market can survive, hence people’s retirement funds, with a devalued dollar with unsustainable national debt.

  2. Regarding why German soldiers did not want to be captured by Soviet troops, the USSR returned the last of its German prisoners in …. 1956! According to Soviet records 381,067 German Wehrmacht POWs died in NKVD camps.

  3. Professor Hanson, thank you for your interesting synopsis of the historical Battle of the Bulge. Perhaps you would be so kind to answer a question I have posed to you for several years regarding Hitler’s frontal assault of the Soviet Union.
    After the destruction of France’s military in 1940, Britain was left with a single armored division to protect Egypt and the Suez canal. Germany had 20 armored divisons at its disposal. Once the Suez Canal was taken, the path would have been open for German armored columns to overrun the Levant and ultimately to seize the Russian oil fields in the Caucuses. Would this strategy have signaled the undenial victory for Germany in World War Two?

  4. According to Wikipedia (see citations) ” In 2019, a series of investigations at Harvard determined that Fryer had engaged in “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature” against at least five women, that he had fostered a hostile work environment in his lab, and also cited unspecified conduct violations regarding Fryer’s grant spending and lab finances. As a result, Harvard suspended Fryer without pay for 2 years, closed his lab, and barred him from teaching or supervising students.[2][3″

    So , Fryer certainly made the most of his opportunities!!!

  5. Just as I don’t have to understand the code that underlies Microsoft Excel to take full advantage of its capabilities, I don’t believe a student must learn Greek or Latin to take full advantage of the lessons one can learn from majoring in the Classics.


      That’s an invalid comparison. You can certainly use an application without knowing how to write the code used to build it. But it’s not the same to read a work in a translation, as it is to read it in the original language. That’s a major reason, if not THE reason, to learn Greek and Latin to study the classics.

  6. Thank you for touching on the Battle of the Bulge at this time of year. My father was a 19 year old infantryman in a rifle company whose division (75th Infantry) arrived in France just as the battle began. The division’s units were thrown into the fight piecemeal and his battalion (reinforcing the 3rd Armored Division) went into combat on Christmas Day near Hotton, Belgium – the northern side of the Bulge. It was a bloodbath for the green unit – for example, in his squad of 11 men, only he and one other were not casualties. Years later, I joined him at one of the unit’s reunions, and after meeting and talking with those fine men, I wept just about all the way home, driving for 5 hours down the interstate. And the people in the Ardennes have not forgotten. There seem to be memorials all around the erstwhile battlefields and towns in memory of various American units. And apparently, the locals participate in reenactments, much as we do in memory of the Civil WAr.

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