Why is college so expensive, and the quality so poor? When I was a UC student, way back in the late eighties, there was a fair amount of leftist thought in certain classes. A recent paper by NAC argues that leftist indoctrination has grown and it’s not only morally wrong and technically illegal but also damaging the quality of instruction, crowding out history, math, critical thinking, etc. Some of their examples taken just from the syllibi are astonishing.
At UC Santa Cruz, there’s a course advocating a 9/11 conspiracy theory:
For example, UC Santa Cruz’s Politics 72 (“The Politics of the War on Terrorism”) has a bland course description that simply spells out the scope of the course, but the course syllabus soon gets into extreme ideological prejudgment with the question: “How did Bush and Cheney build the fiction that Al Qaeda was a participant in the 9/11 attacks?” Here the instructor has dogmatically assumed a great deal that students will have to swallow to enter into the world of the course and its instructor. He has forgotten that academic discussion ought to begin with neutral formulations that do not beg all the important questions, for example, “what do we know of Al Qaeda’s involvement in 9/11 and how do we know it?”
At UC Berkeley, a course has been created apparently so students can agitate for the professor’s leftist ideology:
Many more course descriptions printed in the catalog make it clear that political activism in Berkeley classrooms is now routine. For example, the course description of Social Welfare 233 (“Social Work, Social Change, and Social Justice”) candidly admits that it “incorporates a social change and social justice perspective….change-focused direct practice, community organizing, legislative action, and other activities designed to give expression to the professor’s social justice commitments.”
It’s pretty brazen, considering the University of California is prohibited from being used for political purposes. Change would have to be affected at the regent level, but I have little hope of it. If I had kids, I sure wouldn’t bother with a UC school though – what a waste.