Here’s a video, made by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, about the indoctrination programs that have been implemented at the University of Delaware as part of their Residence Life program:
Watching this, I was reminded if a German folk song that dates from the early Middle Ages: Die Gedanken sind frei. This translates as “the thoughts are free”…in one of the many versions of the song, it is “only the thoughts are free.”
It is apparently the desire of the University of Delaware–and of the administrations of many other American universities–that not even the thoughts should be free. As the professor interviewed in the video said, the long-term effect of programs such as the ResLife program at Delaware is to create conformity.
(Ralf, what would be the proper German translation for “not even the thoughts are free?” I think U-Delaware needs to be honored with its own version of the song.)
The inculcation of unthinking conformity seems, increasingly, to be a primary objective of American universities. And unthinking conformity is something that harms a society in many ways–see my post here for related thoughts.
For your listening pleasure, here’s a MIDI version of Die Gedanken sind frei.
Video link via Erin O’Connor.