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Should political indoctrination be allowed in college classrooms?

When parents send their children to school, it is presumed they are sending them to be educated, not politically indoctrinated into a certain ideology. And yet, the level of partisan proselytizing in the classroom seems to be rapidly growing in recent years, almost unhinged and unchecked. This problem has become so pervasive, in fact, that I believe federal intervention may become necessary. If the schools themselves will not maintain a high standard of scholarship and excellence for their students, the government may need to take a proactive step to protect their integrity.

Ultimately, this is about protecting the rights of the consumer.

Consumers have a right to be given an accurate representation of the product they are buying (false advertising is actually illegal). Education is no different: Students and parents also have a right to know how their hard-earned savings are going to, in the education they will receive. They should not be misled into thinking they will be receiving a scholarly and unbiased education, when in fact they will be influenced by ideologues toward a political affiliation (this problem, it seems, is most pervasive among Democrats), whether by the institution as a whole of by the professors in the classrooms.

And so, rather than ramble on about the woes of the education system, here are some ideas I would like to proffer. These are simple commonsense rules that can be enforced relatively easily;

  1. If a university actively lobbies, promotes, or behaves in any way that is clearly partisan (i.e., supporting one political affiliation over another), they should be required to clearly state their political views in their mission statement, in order that the consumer is made fully aware.
  2. If a university does not state their political affiliation in their mission statement, then it is presumed they are non-affiliated, and thus will uphold an impartial and unbiased standard in their curriculum and professors (which includes non-discrimination in hiring/firing of professors).
  3. Furthermore, professors of non-affiliated schools should not be allowed to influence their students toward one political party. Where politics is appropriate in the classroom (such as Political Science), they should ought to present both sides with scholarly impartiality.
  4. Students should also be made aware of their rights, so they can report any suspicious activity.

I should not have to spell this out, as these things are just common sense. But sadly, no one seems to be addressing this nefarious problem. It is not an exaggeration to say that our students are being victimized—who, mind you, are still very young and impressionable (remembering that the human brain does not fully develop until the mid-twenties).

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