Buckley Founder Lauren Noble '11 published a National Review op-ed about the divine course offerings at Yale.

NEW: National Review Op-Ed: First-Degree Criminal and Academic Mischief at Yale

On Sunday, May 19, 2024, Buckley Institute Founder and Executive Director Lauren Noble ’11 published an op-ed in National Review discussing recent events on campus and how the courses offered by Yale contribute to an environment where students are taught to hate America rather than lead it:


Observers of the turmoil at elite universities may regard the disruption, hate, and ignorance on full display as alarming indicators of the next generation’s values. Unfortunately, the hatred of America is not an aberration from, but rather an extension of, the worldview often pushed on college campuses these days.

Even before the scandals of recent months, confidence in American higher education had dropped significantly. Political bias on campus and the wide gap between the Ivory Tower and the American public are significant factors in this declining trust. And the belief that colleges and universities charge parents more than the average American annual income to indoctrinate their kids hasn’t helped.

In Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education, future teachers of America’s three- to six-year-olds are instructed in “anti-bias education” and taught to “understand how political context contributes to the practice of education.”

Students who, like some of Yale’s faculty, believe that museums are racist can take a full semester on “Black Exhibitions,” with a special focus on the connection between “colonial expansion and racial capitalism” on the one hand, and art displays on the other.

What used to make the hard sciences and math stand apart from social sciences and the arts was that they were based in fact and weren’t as disrupted by culture or politics. No longer, at least not at Yale. Responsible Conduct in Research for Physical Scientists instructs STEM students on how to ensure that their research meets “diversity, equity, and inclusion” goals.

And, of course, there are courses such as No Time for Tears: Friendships between Black Women and White Women. The course ponders whether “relationships between Black women and White women can develop an equal footing” and asks: “Can those relationships be unfettered by the trappings of quid pro quo transactions? Are these relationships even possible?”

Courses like these understandably erode confidence in America’s higher-education system. Ivy League universities in particular, as the training ground for America’s future leaders, have a special responsibility to prepare their students to lead the country, not find every reason to hate it.

Read the full article here.