I am a college president. I fear we have we failed to adequately prepare our students for a difficult political future.
As 2021 nears its tumultuous end and the fall semester wraps up, I cannot help but wonder what chaos and new challenges our students will return to in 2022, beyond the academic trials they face and continuing adjustments to young adulthood. I ponder how well-informed they will be about the world around them and how they will face the significant dangers from within our borders, including the rise of fascist ideologies, racism and demagoguery, the politicizing of religion and media, intense polarization, the decay of liberties and the relentless attacks on truth and our democratic principles.
Originally published: December 19, 2021
Author: John J. Petillo
Institution: Sacred Heart University
Published by: Hartford Courant