America's Best Colleges! Really?
America's Best Colleges! Really?
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Sobering, eye-opening, thought-provoking look for parents and students at what you actually get from a higher education in America today.

—Steve Forbes

Editor in Chief

Forbes Magazine

For years various periodicals have rated American colleges and universities. Any astute observer of the higher education scene can see that the mission of the academy is in disarray.

One estimable observer of the higher education landscape, John Howard has been arguing for years that the academic emperor has no clothes. In searing words and careful analysis, he makes his case in America’s Best Colleges! Really? It is a statement upholding the best of traditional purpose of education: the training of each generation in how to live responsibly in their own society. John Howard documents the growth of the radical influences that displaced the educational philosophy that served America exceedingly well for centuries. Religion, family and patriotism are some of the casualties of this transformation.

—Herbert London

President Emeritus

Hudson Institute

This book is a godsend for prospective college students – and their parents. Before investing (or borrowing) tens of thousands of dollars for a college education, perhaps they should “look under the hood.” In this groundbreaking work, Dr. John Howard provides the roadmap, explaining how and why most of what passes for “education” these days is simply headed in the wrong direction.

For more than sixty years, John Howard has dedicated his life to the defense of moral education, a requisite for the survival of a free society. Because he recognizes the critical role of the home as the child’s first classroom, Dr. Howard anticipated early on the damage that the sexual revolution and the breakdown of the family would wreak on the culture. With that in mind, he founded the think tank that conceived and now sponsors the World Congress of Families, a unique gathering that has had a significant and salutary international impact. This book offers indispensable insight that will change forever the way you think about “the college of your choice.”

Christopher Manion, Ph.D.

Treasurer, The American Foreign Policy Council

Washington, D.C.

Typically, college and university faculties attract a number of dissidents, who perceive colleges as primary agencies for social change. The powerful sway of socialist faculty members in American colleges was noted by Dr. Gordon Chalmers in his 1952 book, The Republic and the Person.
The illusions of the Thirties had produced a timidity and lack of conviction among many Americans concerning the true nature of Nazism and its threat to democracy. One may add that they also produced a romanticized notion of the true nature of the communists. This sentimentalism was directly traceable to the ethical ignorance of persons thought to be learned. [Emphasis added] Many of these later admitted that the university world had persuaded the young that evil, itself, extensive and malignant, does not exist; that various explanations and terminologies can lead us to utopias both public and private; that statistics and organizations will set up alabaster cities “undimmed by human tears.”
No statement could more chillingly depict the insidious influence of socialists and revolutionaries in the second quarter of the 20th Century. On the campuses, the socialist ferment spread rapidly and intensely as more and more radicals were hired as professors.



In the 1960’s, many Marxist and other anti-traditional and anti-American professors were powerful voices in the academic world. Carl Rogers was one of the most influential psychologists in the country. He taught at Ohio State, Columbia University and the University of Chicago. He was the president of three national associations of psychologists and psychiatrists, and he received a number of distinguished awards. The following are excerpts from a Commencement Address he delivered at Sonoma State College in 1969. It was entitled, “The New Man.”
I see a New Man emerging… the person of tomorrow. I want to talk about him… I see him in campus unrest all over the world… in the racial unrest which runs like a fever through all our cities… He contradicts in his person almost every element of traditional schools, colleges, universities.
Religious institutions are perceived as definitely irrelevant, and frequently damaging to human progress… He has distrust of marriage as an institution and little regard for vows of permanence…
Currently he likes to be “turned on” by many kinds of experiences and by drugs… He often decides to obey those laws which he regards as just and to disobey those which he regards as unjust… He is active—sometimes violently, intolerantly and self-righteously, active in causes in which he believes.
The President of Sonoma State was so pleased with the speech, that he had it published and sent to college presidents throughout the country.


Bill Ayers was another revolutionary leader. As a student at the University of Michigan he joined and became an officer of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). Ayers was influential in founding the Weatherman, an offshoot of SDS when it split up. The Weatherman was established to engage in violence and bombing. Three members of Weatherman were killed in a Greenwich Village townhouse explosion while trying to make bombs to set off at a party for soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After his participation in the Days of Rage riot in Chicago in October of 1969, Ayers attended a “War Council” meeting in Michigan. One decision was to create an age of violence with bombs and armed robberies. Another decision was to establish underground groups in cities across the country. Ayers took part in bombings of the New York City Police Department Headquarters in 1970 and the United States Capitol Building in 1971.
The founding document of the Weatherman stated, “We are… a fighting force to achieve the destruction of U.S. imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: World Communism.” A later document advocated a radical reformulation of sexual relations under the slogan “Smash Monogomy.”
In an interview for the New York Times, Ayers said, “I don’t regret setting the bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.”
On September 28, 2010, the Chicago Tribune reported that Bill Ayers, who had been a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago for twenty-three years, had applied for Professor Emeritus status at the University, having retired recently. The request was unanimously rejected after the Board Chairman, Robert Kennedy’s son, Christopher, said he could not grant the request of a man who dedicated one of his books to several people, including Sirhan Sirhan who assassinated his father.

JOHN HOWARD served in the First Infantry Division in World War II. He returned with two purple hearts, two silver stars and a determination to devote his career to increase public dedication to the ideals and behavioral standards which enabled America’s free society to become the wonder and envy of the world. He wrote his Ph.D dissertation on educational philosophy.

In 1960 he was named President of Rockford College. The college was already committed to build a new campus when he arrived. President Kennedy had announced his intention to provide generous funds for higher education. Th e Trustees requested John Howard to study the wisdom of Federal subsidy and accepted his recommendation to use no governmental money.

Howard mobilized 20 college and university presidents to try to convince Congress that Federal Aid would be a disaster. All the negative arguments presented proved accurate.

John Howard attended Princeton for three years. After the war he received Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees from Northwestern. He served as Executive Vice Chairman of President Eisenhower’s Committee on Government contracts which used the leverage of the contracts to open jobs for qualified minority applicants. The Howard’s have four children and nine grandchildren. Aristotle wrote:

Of all the things I have mentioned, that which contributes most to the permanence of constitutions is the adaption of education to the form of government. Francois Guizot was a Professor of History at the Sorbonne, who was elected to the Parliament and eventually became Premiere of France. James Russell Lowell was a Harvard Professor and a statesman who served as Ambassador to Spain and Great Britain. After the Civil War, Guizot asked Lowell how long the American Republic would endure? Lowell responded, “As long as the ideas of the men who founded it remained dominant.”

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