Wednesday, October 02, 2013

UW-Madison TA Rebels At Leftist Indoctrination Sessions

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Wow, good for this guy.

Of course, his academic career is over...

But good for him...

My current academic institution is far enough down the academic ladder to be largely immune to this kind of madness...  True, students are basically brainwashed with mantras about diversity and global warming...but we usually get a watered-down version of the cutting-edge craziness from ten years ago or so, not raw, uncut, up-to-the-minute crazy...

(Incidentally, in responding to a recent series of thought-experiments, my freshman students revealed that more--many more--of them thought that they had an obligation to protect the environment than thought that they had an obligation to save a person dying in front of them. When I pointed out to them that this didn't seem to make much sense, they quickly became extremely defensive, and blurted out a bunch of terrible arguments. So I let them calm down, and then brought up the subject again, whereupon they admitted--in so many words, though after I suggested it--that they had basically been brainwashed about the environment. We had a nice talk about that, and I allowed as how I thought that protecting the environment was, indeed, a good thing...but that brainwashing is a bad one... It actually turned out to be a really good discussion.)

It really is unacceptable that universities have become loci of liberal and leftist indoctrination. Even though I think that liberals are right about most things, that doesn't mean that we get to brainwash our students about them. I think that conservatives overestimate the severity of this problem, but liberals underestimate it. The tale from Madison in the link seems to confirm my concerns...

I mean, the very fact that you have to worry about ending your academic career by objecting when someone calls you a racist means that something has gone very, very, very wrong...

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can forsee Jason Morgan's e-mail cc'ed to Liberty University, subject line "My Curriculum Vitae".

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brainwashed about global warming??

Global warming is happening, the planet is warming up. Look at the temperature trends. And humans are at least partially (if not primarily) responsible. There's a lot of hard evidence out there...though, to be honest, it's unclear what the effects of continued global warming will be on the planet.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Sorry...exactly what reasonable person denies that anthropogenic global warming is real?

Just because something is true doesn't mean you can't be brainwashed with respect to it...

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification and WS wrote: "Just because something is true doesn't mean you can't be brainwashed with respect to it..."

Good point, I hadn't thought about it that way.


4:50 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Thanks, A...sorry to have been testy...

9:33 AM  

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