Of the most ironic processes a university can conduct, viewing each individual application certainly is a top contender.
Overwhelmingly, colleges and universities across the United States are collectivizing students into certain categories. They are teaching the youth to view each person not as an individual, but rather as part of a group. They are pushing for the end of individualism.
This anti-individualistic attitude towards students is present in many areas of sociology and political science. Course content requires that student attention be focused to our supposed natural system of collectivizing people. Whether they proport that this tendency stems from Rousseau’s state of nature theory or his social contract ideas, or other interpretations of the Bible, the link is always drawn between the necessity of the state and the destruction of individualism.
Why would colleges and universities, who so often examine each individual student, collectivize them into a category? Gender, race, and sexuality are all key groups in which students are classified; an example of this coming from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s course “The Problem of Whiteness.” This course is designed to designate white people into a category opposite of progressivism which is the prevailing political consensus among modern academics.
No longer, according to those who promote collectivism, should individual characteristics be considered. Now, these self-proclaimed experts believe the future of philosophy relies on disregarding the individual and focusing exclusively on collective identities.
The problem with this is that student’s thoughts, feelings, political leanings, religious understandings, and other individual aspects are disregarded in the name of group think. It creates sheltered students who do not think outside of the mainstream idea. It breeds hatred towards philosophical leanings different than the collective’s. This indoctrination only creates divisiveness. It doesn’t create a culture full of free, beautiful individuals as we all are.
History shows that collectivist thought only ceases intellectual progress. It was not too long ago when Copernicus and Galileo were ostracized for their anti-Aristotelian ideas. Not only did these writers and thinkers write outside of the collective idea (at that time it was the Papal Church), they were stifled constantly by authorities for not participating in mainstream thought.
It is increasingly important to protect individualism now. While academia continues to throw blows at individualism, it is precisely individualism which drives understanding of the human condition, philosophy, and human nature. Without these building blocks, society wouldn’t exist.