Stuart Varney: Universities are suppressing achievement by putting a 'political straitjacket' on students

Academic performance is taking a back seat to 'equal and social justice,' says Varney

During his "My Take," Monday "Varney & Co." host Stuart Varney examined the impact of American universities imposing their social justice agenda on students and faculty alike by forcing them to demonstrate a commitment to social equity while putting academics on the back burner.

STUART VARNEY: Universities across the country are imposing a political straightjacket on their students.

To get a job, to get a grade, and to graduate, increasingly, students must demonstrate a commitment to equity and social justice. Academic performance takes a back seat.

Example: At Berkeley in California, they wanted to hire five faculty members to teach biological sciences. All applicants had to attach a 200-word statement of their social justice commitment.


Varney argues universities are suppressing achievement

FOX Business' Stuart Varney argues universities are putting a ‘political straightjacket’ on students and faculty. (Fox News)

894 applied. 680 were eliminated because their statements weren't considered acceptable. No other credentials, academic or otherwise, were considered. They could have rejected an Einstein.

Getting a job can seem like navigating a minefield.

For example. To become an editor at the Harvard Law Review, applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare a statement "to identify and describe aspects of your identity. Including but not limited to, racial or ethnic identity, socioeconomic background, disability (physical, intellectual, cognitive/neurological, psychiatric, sensory, developmental, or other) gender identity."

There's more, but I don't have time to read it.

Do you think all those forced statements will be sincere? No. We're encouraging cynicism, suppressing achievement.