Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Indoctrination U

Mark Bauerlein exposes the ideological hysteria and bullying that goes on in too many college classrooms.

Money quote:

We end up with indoctrination passing as proper teaching. When Kilmer states, "What happens to the feminist classroom when students challenge feminist principle?" we might respond, "An energetic discussion follows." But for Kilmer, it means disruption and intimidation. By her own admission, she can no longer distinguish honest disagreement from insubordinate conduct. That's what happens when disciplines admit ideology into their grounds. Accept the ideology and you're sure to advance. You're okay. Decline it, and you're not okay. You're not only wrong - you're illegitimate.

Parents of and college students should read the whole thing.


Anonymous Randal said...

Liberals have completely hijacked Higher Education and use it as their own private indoctrination institution while failing to properly educate the kids in their charge. And people’s hard earned tuition and tax dollars get to pay for this underhanded, one-sided brainwashing.

It is time to remove the Lib from Liberal Arts.

Libs misuse, abuse and ruin to being worthless everything they get their hands on: Higher Education… the Entertainment Industry… the “News” Media… Congress…

September 12, 2007 at 11:50 AM 
Anonymous Randal said...

Science… PBS…

September 12, 2007 at 3:09 PM 
Anonymous BJ said...

The ability to think critically and form one's own opinions is probably the most important thing a kid can learn in college.

Professors are responsible for creating a "safe" classroom environment that provides an objective forum for discussion. As such, they should present alternative views (and the rationale/support behind them) in addition to their personal views.

September 12, 2007 at 9:48 PM 
Anonymous Randal said...

Right. And they exactly do not do that.

September 12, 2007 at 9:52 PM 
Anonymous Randal said...

Tax dollars… the mortgage industry…

September 12, 2007 at 9:54 PM 
Anonymous Randal said...

Blog boards...

September 13, 2007 at 11:37 AM 
Blogger Patricia said...

I graduated from Penn Law in 1993, and there was plenty of liberal sentiment on campus.

There was plenty of conservatism too, and in fact I think Penn Law, like the rest of the university, had the full range of opinions.

The difference was that the faculty was intimidated only by the liberal side, because the liberals were the ones who personalized things, who declared that you were a racist/sexist/ageis/whateverist if you did not tow their line, or that you were stupid/uninformed/ignorant/etc. (Sound like anything we see on this blog?)

The conservative and moderate students didn't give a damn what the liberal students thought of them, so they weren't intimidated at all. (In fact, a very conservative friend of mine drafted a really beautiful, moving and informative "Ode to the Free Market Economy" and submitted it to a very left-leaning literary journal for publication. Needless to saw, it wasn't published.)

But the faculty was very much intimidated, and even though they themselves were not necessarily liberal, they tailored their remarks to avoid ticking off the "PC crowd" (as we called them in the 90s).

September 16, 2007 at 9:15 PM 

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