They’re on to us. A conservative organization called Turning Point USA is distributing a pamphlet titled
10 Ways College Professors Indoctrinate America’s Youth and How to Prevent It (that’s a link to Jezebel’s deconstruction: if you want to read it in its full unedited glory, here’s a PDF). I learned many surprising things.
The # 1 goal of a leftist professor is to change the way their students view the world. Progressive professors want to make you question your beliefs and then hope that you will abandon them altogether. They want to make you think like they do. They want to brainwash you.
The first sentence is correct. Why are you at a university if not to learn whole new ways of thinking? I’m a little surprised at the implication that there are “rightist” professors who are just there to affirm that everything the student already knows is right.
The rest just slides off into nonsense. Come to college for four years, and you will come out a different person, or you’re doing it wrong. That’s not brainwashing, it’s called education.
I don’t think the author has ever actually attended university, because their portrayal doesn’t reflect what we actually do.
Similar to the way the army breaks down their trainees before building them back up, your leftist professor will try to make you doubt everything you’ve ever believed, only to teach you a new way to see the world.
Yeah, right: college students are up at dawn for an hour of rigorous calisthenics, just like the army. I’ve had students tell me they won’t sign up for classes before 11am because it wrecks their sleeping schedule. I might have a student under my iron-fisted control for maybe 3 hours a week, during class — they’re off partying or reading the Bible or studying, whatever they want, the rest of the time.
Your professor will attack your upbringing. He will insinuate that your parents are not educated enough to know what they are talking about or that they are not modern enough to understand the complex issues of today’s times. This is false, and is the first step to undermining your belief system. The lens in which you view the world is not unenlightened or outdated. It is, however, a barrier to what your progressive professor wants to teach you next.
Huh. I don’t think I’ve ever attacked a student’s parents before. I have talked to them about their upbringing — I have lots of farm kids in my classes, and it turns out that’s really helpful for understanding genetics, for instance. This sounds more like a Christian cultist approach, demanding that the new member repudiate their past life and break off all contact with family. It’s not what we Liberal College Professors do. If anything, we tend to encourage students to embrace their upbringing, and use what they’re learning to understand.
The same may be said about your religion. Here are just a few examples: “It is outdated, it is anti-intellectual, it isn’t based on fact, it’s an old book, it’s a fairytale.” If your professor can make you question the God of the universe, he can certainly make you question everything else.
Oh, yes, I say that all the time…but not in class. I teach biology — the Bible is so irrelevant to learning about the electron transport chain or signal transduction that it doesn’t come up even as a bad source. I also don’t bother to explain to them that Goodnight, Moon is not a genome structure text.
I guess I’m not doing my job as a Liberal College Professor, because you can take all of my classes and not get shamed even once for going to church on Sundays. Remember, I get them for 3 hours a week, and everything outside of the classroom is completely out of my control.
Your upbringing plays a large role in the way you view the world. And chances are, at some fundamental level, you believe things similar to your parents, mentors, church, etc. That is okay, and is in fact, a good thing!
Of course, your college experience is meant to be a time for learning, growth, and maturing. Challenging your beliefs is a good way to strengthen them. However, you should know, there are ways to refute the left’s attacks on your values and upbringing. This book is here to help.
Interesting. So their target audience is people who have never experienced university life, and it’s going to tell them all these lies about how it works…so either it’s going to scare potential students away from an education, or there are going to be a bunch of first-year students wandering about, shocked that we don’t seem to be doing anything like the pamphlet promised.
Just as I say about creationists, if you lie about what your opponents say, don’t be shocked when people learn that you lie and that your claims about everything are untrustworthy. I don’t have to work very hard to undermine confidence in this nonsense, when all I have to do is reward students for their work in biology, rather than giving automatic Fs for going to church, and I’ve accomplished Satan’s goal of destroying people’s faith in their elders.
I won’t even get into the rest of the pamphlet, but here’s the summary: government is bad, capitalism is good, social justice is undesirable (there’s even a great big “Dear Muslima” in there!), recognizing white privilege is racism, there is no “war on women” (it’s a scam to trick women into voting for leftists), environmentalism is a scheme to demonize capitalism, and somehow this is all about gender neutral restrooms.
I don’t think the authors have noticed who is doing the indoctrinating yet.