I never imagined during my time as a College President that this, the last of my "Letters to Young Friends" (100's of them over the span of 40 years) would be a warning to shun the Liberal Arts: It's now clear that this one great tradition in American higher education has become corrupted by rampant leftist ideologies that have undermined true educational purpose and ruined the curriculum.

I saw it at the beginning in the 70's when the University began to turn its back on the Great Books and the old civics — learning about the origins of our democracy and republic (how many students today know that George Washington was our first president?) and how to participate in our institutions of self government.

Orientation to basic principles of citizenship and constitutionalism have been replaced by progressive multi-culturalism, moral relativism, and political correctness, a corrosive movement which sadly too many of our college professors now embrace and too many college presidents are afraid to challenge.

It's important to note that there is still some residual greatness in the hands of a few small colleges and higher ed associations. But I believe our students and their parents are better advised to stay away from liberal arts programs until the old foundations and disciplines of liberal learning have been restored.

Dr. John Hunter

Hornell