Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn has condemned public education with a series of off-the-wall remarks that raise questions about why he's even in the business of teaching people.
Nashville Tennessee's WTVF-TV caught Arnn's comments at a recent closed-door reception with that state's Republican governor. Among them:
“The teachers are trained in the dumbest parts of the dumbest colleges in the country."
"In colleges, what you hire now is administrators…. Now, because they are appointing all these diversity officers, what are their degrees in? Education. It's easy. You don't have to know anything."
“The philosophic understanding at the heart of modern education is enslavement…. They're messing with people's children, and they feel entitled to do anything to them.”
“You will see how education destroys generations of people. It's devastating. It's like the plague.”
“Here's a key thing that we're going to try to do. We are going to try to demonstrate that you don't have to be an expert to educate a child because basically anybody can do it.”
Hillsdale is using Tennessee tax dollars to set up at least 50 charter schools.
Arnn's comments came to light the same day the Miami Herald wrote of his school's role in a controversial Florida initiative that reportedly infuses religion and downplays race in civics trainings.
One educator who attended a training — Barbara Segal, a 12th grade government teacher in Fort Lauderdale — told the paper it was "very skewed."
“There was a very strong Christian fundamentalist way toward analyzing different quotes and different documents. That was concerning.”