The late Philip Rieff once quipped that our modern universities are re-educating students who haven't yet been educated. My own university, Tulane, is about to take another step toward becoming a re-education camp with nice gym facilities. A proposed "academic" program in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, strongly encouraged by the university administration, will probably be approved in the near future. It will offer a minor that will teach students how to become "changemakers." That doesn't mean they'll become experts in swapping dollars for Euros or Yuan at favorable rates. It aims to train them as activist cadres. The proposal for the minor in SISE is explicit about its ideological goals. In a document consisting largely of buzzwords, shibboleth, and clichés, the organizers of this program describe the SISE "toolkit" as teaching intellectual, normative, and imaginative "ways of thinking and knowing." It identifies the "normative" portion as "social justice and ecological sustainability."
Contemporary academics do often think alike. My discipline, sociology, may well be more intellectually conformist than most. But in most mainstream fields of study, the absence of free thought is at least de facto, rather than de jure. Now, we will have a program designed and openly intended to indoctrinate the students.