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How Our Educational Systems Affect the Nation’s Youth

February 10, 2009 | NeW Staff

Education
is the foundation of NeW. We seek to learn about our own viewpoints, but we
also desire to learn about the beliefs of those around us. How we can
make an educated argument if we do not understand both sides of a
particular issue?

Often times, however, students in college
learn strictly from one point of view, and overwhelmingly from the
liberal perspective. Thomas Sowell
recently wrote a column discussing the impact of one-sided educations
on the nation’s youth. Rarely do universities and colleges present both
sides of particular issues, and as a result, students naturally often
believe exactly what they hear in the classroom. Sowell writes,

“Would
it make sense for a jury to reach a verdict after having heard only the
prosecution’s case, or only the defense attorney’s case, but not both?”

This
is exactly what is happening at our universities. We receive one-sided
information. The solution, Sowell proposes, is to learn from both sides
of the issues. If we don’t stop this trend, he warns,

“Hearing only one
side does nothing to equip students with the experience to know how to
sort out opposing sides of other issues they will have to confront in
the future, after they have left school and need to reach their own
conclusions on the issues arising later. Yet they are the jury that
will ultimately decide the fate of this nation.”

Sowell brilliantly
captures the mission and purpose of NeW. We seek to address and learn
the issues left off of college syllabi and educate ourselves on
conservative principles. At the same time, we do not blindly accept
only one perspective. Rather, we critically analyze both sides of
issues to gain an educated and balanced response. NeW is working to
change the current trajectory of this generation.

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