Much of liberal arts and qualitative subjects-learning can be contentious when instructors take it upon themselves to present and support strong biases that are contrary to values and perspectives espoused by the institution, the values of the community majority, the values suggested by course titles and descriptions, or the manner consistent with customary teaching practices. Such also occurs more often when administration allows untoward and subversive values to seep into course catalogs, guest agendas, general campus atmospheres, sports settings, clubs, and entertainment because of ignorance, narrowly circumscribed wisdom, legal bullying, cultural Ne’re-do-wells, and fear of financially-empowered misanthropes. Such may make it difficult for many citizen-students to actively participate in classes, excel in particular courses, and even live comfortably on campus if you attend these schools.
Some instructors and academic support staff may simply behave like intellectual or skill-associated hacks, thinking more highly of themselves than they ought. They may judge student work, expression, and skills demonstration harshly while providing ineffective, insufficient or no relevant instruction, templates and guidance to at least demonstrate to students the desired outcomes. But, “c’est la vie” in contemporary, “these are our classes” academic environments. Precisely, “Do you really want to attend these schools, what do you want your students to learn, and to what do you wish them exposed?”
Another severe shortcoming of the contemporary, overtly egocentric approach to liberal arts-focused education is that many programs insufficiently understand the markets, communities, and world in which their students will ultimately live, work and lead. Many institutions essentially convey: “We do not care what our students need to effectively compete in markets. We do not care what the students need regarding knowledge, quantitative, technical and social (soft) skills to understand, compete in and lead the world into which they will graduate. Others’ values may be commercially and legally acknowledged, but are otherwise are irrelevant to us.” Do not attend these schools. Your education matters.