Saturday, December 24, 2005

I'm ready to believe that indoctrination by liberal professors is a problem in many American universities; today's Times runs a story about it. However, the examples in the article are a little underwhelming:

Mr. Nelson, now a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, said in an interview that the teacher frequently called on him to defend his conservative values while making it clear he did not care for Republicans.

"On the first day of class, he said, 'If you don't like me, get out of my class,' " Mr. Nelson said. "But it was the only time that fall the course was being offered, and I wanted to take it."
Teachers say this sort of thing all the time. If you want to take the class, you ought to be OK from the start with the way its going to be taught, and teachers often make that clear. As for the teachers political views, I hardly see how merely knowing them is problematic. In fact, if the class subject touches on political themes, it may be more honest for teachers to be frank upfront about what their political views are.

Marissa Freimanis said she encountered a similar situation in her freshman English class at California State University, Long Beach, last year. Ms. Freimanis said the professor's liberal bias was clear in the class syllabus, which suggested topics for members of the class to write about. One was, "Should Justice Sandra Day O'Connor be impeached for her partisan political actions in the Bush v. Gore case?"

"Of course, I felt very uncomfortable," Ms. Freimanis, who is a Republican, said in an interview.
This is plainly ridiculous: she should have just written an essay that argued the answer was "no." If she is made uncomfortable by an essay question which leaves her completely free to choose her answer, then chances are she is going to be uncomfortable quite often in her life, and theres not much anyone can do about it.


At 11:51 AM, Blogger angela said...

only idiots get indoctrinated, and i cant feel sorry for them.

you can get your profs in trouble through school boards/senates/whatever channels your school offers.

i thought all american college students did was party, anyway.


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