Saturday, September 27, 2008

Politics in the University Classroom

This article, with its characterization of lefty academics who try to indoctrinate students, is alternately an entertaining and frightening read.

2 comments:

allen (in Michigan) said...

These sorts of complaints about the overt politicization of university classes sounds like nothing so much as a monopoly in that the enterprise is being run less on the basis of external, customer demand then on the basis of internal demand.

But I also have a feeling that the situation's in the process of righting itself, so to speak (write), since some of the more egregious examples of overt politicization, the various "rights" departments, are having a tough time surviving.

Unfortunately, large sums of money flow from political sources and that cushions the university system from the demands of its customers to some extent although the rise of alternatives like private colleges and certification even erodes that buffer.

Hard to convince politicians to hand over the cash if you don't have the student numbers and those numbers aren't there if you waste too much student time, and money, with haranguing lectures about the proper, political pose to strike.

rightwingprof said...

"Freberg’s students later admitted they’d known she was a “closet Republican” precisely because she didn’t use the classroom to air her political views."

That's EXACTLY what my students said about me.

Seriously.