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Are you aware of the profound shift in values that has so deeply affected the culture of higher education in America? In the tradition of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, authors Johanna Jones and Norbert Smith explore contemporary American campus life through the eyes and correspondence of a demon writing to a pair of college professors won over to the dark side at Battleground University. As the professors attempt to impress their hellish handler's worldview upon their students, readers are exposed to the subtly manipulative pressures that abound in the culture of contemporary academia. Dealing with a variety of themes from feminism and Darwinian evolution to secular humanism and news and entertainment media, Battleground treats the reader to a barely fictional expose of the modern collegiate experience. Students, their parents, and educators will find food for thought in this engaging read. Lives will be transformed when students attend class at Battleground University. How will the students respond to the overtures of the Enemy? Eternity awaits.
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Food for Thought and a Look at Education by the Numbers Apr 16, 2008
This reviewer was surprised at the way "Doc Gator" (Doc)wrote this short novel. He used an imaginary dialogue to make his case as what is wrong at some (not all) colleges and universities. This book is a critical look at how bona fide learning, intelligent inquiry, and reasoned debate have been replaced with political correct nonsense, "diversity," and attempt to enshrine thoughtlessness and ideology in place of authenic intellectual honesty.
The novel is an imaginary exchange between a college professor who is trying to get/keep tenure and a malefactor who appears to her in dreams and drug induced visions who advises her how to manipulate her students to abandon their honest hopes and aspirations. The malefactor gives careful, detailed advice on how to either sneer or circumvent honesty and civilized values of decent living. The professor falls for the malevactor's advice and is scolded when her efforts to completely undermine her students' honest intellectual curiosity.
One theme of the book which this reviewer liked was the offical attempt of the malefactor operatiing through the professor to discourage reading the Great Books and the Classics. The professor uses not so suble methods to substitute nonsense reading in the place of the Great Books. The professor is also lauded by the malefactor and other university officals when she succeeds. Yet, the malefactor is severe when the professor cannot crack "the hard cases."
Bascially the professor's job is to indoctrinate her students and to separate students to avoid the possibilty of the "hard cases" having undue influence on the more compliant students. Perhaps without realizing it, the professor's job is to ruin the students' joy of bona fide learning and the ability to read well, think, and write effectively.
The malefactor turns on the professor in an unexpected turn of events at the end of the novel. This reviewer will let readers discover for themselves what these turn of events are which literally ruin the professor in a significant way.
This short novel gives readers "food for thought." Doc informs readers what is actually done at some (not all) colleges and universites. The abandonment of bona fide teaching and learning at some of these institutions clearly indicate that parents and students are "not getting their money's worth," and both students and parents should clearly understand what to expect.
This writer is amused when some students whine while attending religous affiliated colleges and universites that religious symbols offends them. For example, some students whine that while attending Catholic universities there is a crucifix in classrooms and buildings. If they are so offended,they can attend school at another instituion.
This short novel may not be for everyone. There are religious overtones which are thoughtful and interesting. This does not mean that one has to agree with these comments, but the underlying theme of the short novel is what is so important. Students should leave colleges/universities knowing more than when they entered. Yet, this does not happen at some colleges and universities.
Mr. Fritz Ward, Ph.D. wrote a good preface which should invite readers to further read the book. Doc Gator has a Ph. D. in biology. In other words, these men are not writing in a vaccum. This reviewer recommends this short book. Readers should allow time to read this book in spite of its brevity. The book requires close attention.