A friend of mine, a golf champion at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf and Country Club, northwest of San Antonio, told me about his daughter walking out of a class at her university.
Jay was obviously proud of her for standing up and dropping the class after a professor demanded students support Markist liberalism. My reverence for Jay and his daughter is solid.
Although I’m hearing more stories of students standing up to indoctrination, what concerns me is that not all young people have the fortitude to challenge that type of teaching.
This is especially troublesome when vulnerable learners suffer when their exposure to different ideas and ideals is wantonly cut off.
I would never tolerate this in a high school. In the ’70s, I elected to drop out of a Sociology professor’s class at Texas State when he belittled a female classmate by yelling, “what the hell is wrong with you? Do you think your almighty God played with himself and spewed the universe out?”
She began crying. Several of us went to her aid and we walked out together. I’m not going to say what I told the idiot professor on the way out, but I did admit it to the Dean in his office afterwards. There were no penalties for the four who elected to drop the class, but it was quite a lesson.
What concerns me even more is hearing so much about this in the public school levels. Granted, I live in a predominantly conservative area where the culture of patriotism and God prevails. But friends have told some alarming instances where indoctrination was attempted on their children.
The goal of our public educational system is not to confine children to an echo chamber that amplifies the voice of the teacher to whom they happen to be assigned. The goal, at least in part, is to teach students to think for themselves. When we reward them for parroting their teachers’ beliefs — we handicap our young citizens and future voters.
“Interesting situation,” observes Angie Ferrell. “I am in grad school and took a class entitled Critical Thinking. Most of the live (online) classes were listening to the professor rant about Trump and her leftist ideals.”
“All of the required readings were things like readings from Noam Chomsky. Very little on critical thinking, but lots on Marxism and Critical Theory (I wonder do they know that critical theory and critical thinking are not the same?).”
“When I suggested that a class on Critical Thinking should probably include great thinkers from a wider selection of ideologies, and made a few suggestions (like Thomas Sowell), she attacked me in our live class.”
“We are all adults (I am in my 50s) so my classmates, mostly military, stood up for me refusing to answer any more of her questions in the call.”
“Her response was to say we were close-minded. Needless to say, she bullied me the rest of the class and attacked my papers publicly in our student forum. However, I never backed down, defended my views, listened to hers, and wrote a pretty big project on the blocking of conservative free speech in the University system.”
“She did not like that. Most online classes now have students post their work publicly, so there was a paper trail here. My classmates got to see my work and I told them my grades. They were shocked since they were getting better grades and could see my work was up to par.”
“She would say I didn’t support my ideas, even when I would often have over a page of scholarly citations for a short essay.”
“When she tried to engage me in class about how I needed to be more open, I replied that I was more than willing to look at all sides of any issue, but in a class on critical thinking it is (and should be) okay for any of us not to agree with her, because critical thinking is about coming to your own conclusions based on many factors, and being able to defend your ideas with reasonable facts, which I have always done–and that my grade will be a reflection of either her bias or her ethics.”
“I had decided that if my final grade did not reflect my effort I was going to go over her head, but in the end, she squeaked me by, sending me a note about how I clearly “struggled” with the class. You should know that my other professors have actually asked to use my work as a model of desired work in the past because I am a good writer and work very hard to present the best work possible.”
“This is the state of the University system.”
What does a student do when a professor does this to them?
“Being a college professor, I would suggest you go see the ombudsman for the faculty senate and go to the Dean of students to express your concerns,” suggested Hannah Chapman Beriault, of Richmond Hills, Georgia. “This needs to be addressed. Our USG has told us that we should NOT be talking about who we support in our personal lives.”
Have you or other you know experrienced indoctrination attempts at school or work? Please leave comments below. Thank you.
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
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