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ESSAY: A response to the cry, 'I fear going to college'

By Dr. Harold Pease

Jan. 18, 2018
       Student unrest in many colleges demonstrate what is becoming obvious; institutions of higher learning are becoming radicalized and projecting tolerance only for liberal views. Too few permit conservative or libertarian speakers and far fewer a constitutional speaker.
       I was not surprised, some years ago, to hear a mother share with me her son's fear that he did not wish to attend college because he did not
Dr. Harold Pease
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wish to be politically indoctrinated. Parents increasingly worry about the radicalization of their children as well.
       As the years go by I hear this more frequently. Often when asked my profession - a political science professor - I get that look: “Oh! You're one of those.” So, the assumption is that professors, especially those in political science, are socialists or worse. But it is largely true.
       College is supposed to be a big tent housing all types of thinking so that students can gravitate to what they think best after all sides are presented. Most colleges insist that they adhere to this idea of intellectual diversity, but the literature suggest otherwise - that the vast majority of colleges and universities are weighted in favor of one ideology and professors to one political party. This is not hidden. Many political science textbooks acknowledge this.
       Students are immersed in race consciousness, feminism, multiculturalism, environmentalism, collectivism, globalism, political activism, class warfare, global warming, acceptance of sexual deviations as normal and minimization of the importance of Christianity. These concepts are also in virtually all textbooks.
       It's not that any of these notions are bad, in and of themselves, but it is the nearly universal absence of opposing views that is most troubling to those concerned about indoctrination.
       Nor can they be averted by avoiding political science classes. Such bias permeates most academic areas. An English professor from a large Midwestern university, who did not wish to be identified because of possible retribution, spoke of English classes giving less emphasis to grammar, punctuation, or sentence structure and more to political correctness. “Everything from Theater to Philosophy to History to English has, in effect, become sociology,” he wrote. “Teaching subject matter has become less important than teaching a very political perspective.” In the end, “They get taught the same thing over and over: a radical critique of the entire American social structure, an indictment of capitalism, anti-Christian propaganda and collectivism over individuality.”
       An extreme example of this a few years ago was a French Language and Culture class at Penn State University. The instructor required students to view the Michael Moore film “Sicko,” which focused on the inadequacies of the U.S. healthcare system and promoted Obamacare. In a French language class!?
       The indoctrination begins immediately in some colleges, with orientation where students begin by learning about the evils of “white privilege” and sitting through lectures informing them that they are part of a “rape culture.” The University of Delaware forced incoming freshmen to participate in a “treatment” program, a part of which informed them that the word racism applies only to “all white people.” It also “blamed whites for having created the term racism” in the first place “to deny responsibility for systemic racism.”
       If students have not learned to think for themselves, or been exposed to opposing information, they will graduate and carry the indoctrination into every segment of society as gospel. Some will become teachers, who from kindergarten to the universities will pipe the same, or similar, message.
       No wonder the mother I talked to shared her son's fear of indoctrination at college. But because he is already aware that other ways of thinking exist, there is hope for him. He and students like him should also try to select professors - of which there are still many - who present alternative views. This is especially true at the community college level.
       It is the students who have no idea about alternative views who are most in danger. Parents too, realizing the danger to their children, can better prepare them against the indoctrination.

       Dr. Pease is a specialist on the United States Constitution and its application to current events. He has taught history and political science for more than 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his articles, go to libertyunderfire.org.

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