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Higher Education Has A Strong Leftist Bias -- But Not Enough For One Prof
Forbes ^ | May 1, 2014 | George Leef

Posted on 05/01/2014 9:32:19 AM PDT by reaganaut1

A good many educators take seriously the idea that teaching is a political activity and accordingly feel justified in using their classrooms as platforms for spreading their social, economic, and philosophical beliefs. They want to act as “change agents” who will improve the world.

Most of those educators have been imbued with a leftist cast of mind – hostile to capitalism, private property, and anything that stands in the way of their utopian visions of a just society brought about through government power. Instances like the recent ones at UC Santa Barbara (where a professor physically attacked a student who was peacefully protesting abortion) and Eastern Connecticut (where a writing professor went off on a rant about how evil Republicans are) are pretty common.

Of course, there are non-leftist educators, but most of them are content just to teach their subjects rather than trying to turn students into ideological clones of themselves. I don’t think that education should be hijacked for political objectives of any sort.

Anecdotes about leftist politicization on our college campuses abound, but if you want a meticulous study documenting that, you could read “A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California.” The paper leaves no doubt that inappropriate leftist politics have saturated most of the UC campuses.

But when the study was presented to the administration and the UC Board of Regents, they brushed it off. Evidently, the people in charge don’t want to tangle with faculty members who believe that they should be permitted to teach whatever they please.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: education; georgeleef

1 posted on 05/01/2014 9:32:19 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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“Big Education” is a money laundering mechanism for Democrats.

Now the regime is introducing rules to allow many student loans to be offloaded to the taxpayers after 10 years.

http://time.com/72786/the-next-massive-bailout-student-loans/


2 posted on 05/01/2014 9:38:42 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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It is in the Leftist domination in Academia, by intellectual mountebanks & charlatans, that the real undermining of America has been taking place over the past two generations.

I have been fighting it since my college days in the 1950s, and until more of us rebut its false premises, the destruction will continue. (See Myths & Myth Makers In American "Higher" Education.)

William Flax

3 posted on 05/01/2014 9:45:15 AM PDT by Ohioan
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Sorry, but if it’s not STEM related, it no longer is “higher education”.

Those days passed when studying the greats passed.


4 posted on 05/01/2014 9:45:39 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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College educators have been changing the world by indoctrinating the feeble-minded young for several generations.

Other than technological development, the changes have not been to improve the world.


5 posted on 05/01/2014 9:47:58 AM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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I don’t know Donald Lazere but I know 2 other people who taught in Cal Poly SLO’s English Department. Both were totally Marxist in outlook and were among the most loathsome, selfish, arrogat, mean-spirited fools I’ve ever known. While busily trying to indoctrinate his students, one of them told me (in the early ‘90s) that every college professor is entitled to retire at age 55 with at least a million dollar pension. That would probably total at least 3 million in today’s dollars.


6 posted on 05/01/2014 10:24:41 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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Nothing is done about the leftists controlling academia; except maybe a flapping of the arms,a dancing with the legs all the while saying tsk, tsk, tsk!


7 posted on 05/01/2014 10:30:22 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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These people would be begging in the streets if it weren’t for the scam of “higher” education. They are the most useless form of humanity their is.


8 posted on 05/01/2014 10:31:12 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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http://www.hillsdale.edu/


9 posted on 05/01/2014 11:05:47 AM PDT by mad puppy (E PLURIBUS UNUM)
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A conservative friend, who at 55 went back to school for his k-5 certificate told me that a teach-the-teacher college proff came in to talk. She was dressed like a sixties’ hippy and showed the famous Kent State photo of the female student yelling at the National Guard who had just shot the student at her feet. He said she became so emotional and distraught she couldn’t continue. Although she was the most extreme example he said the entire certification curriculum was taught along the same line.

Of course the following isn’t universally true, but it’s true too often. What I’ve noticed about kids in their twenties is they have no concept of US history. They know how terrible the US was to women, blacks, gays, Hispanics, etc. but generally can’t name a major battle in World War 2 or any president’s before Carter.


10 posted on 05/01/2014 11:13:13 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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