It’s the same everwhere else – time to eliminate the pseudo sciences
A student identifying himself as “Ralphie The Buffalo” wrote a guest piece for the Daily Caller recently, in which he describes the climate of his political science class at the University of Colorado.
Unfortunately, his story is all too familiar.
What I’m learning in my political science class
I can’t say I wasn’t warned by like-minded friends here in Boulder. Even so, as I sat in my American Political System lecture at the University of Colorado earlier this month and heard the professor openly bash conservatism as a vestige of religion that ultimately leads to economic collapse, I felt my stomach turn. But it didn’t end there. Shortly after I heard the phrase “I don’t mean to sound like an Occupier but …” come out of the professor’s mouth, I grabbed my phone and, out of frustration, started texting my friends and parents about the situation. I looked around at the class of young minds craving knowledge, and realized that they were looking to this man to satisfy that craving.
This is a man who stands in front of a 500-person lecture hall and argues that conservatism is far less effective at solving problems than liberalism, without providing any balance or mention of liberal failures and conservative successes. This is a man who frequently makes sarcastic remarks about George Bush, Ronald Reagan and other conservative political figures, often followed by a deep guttural laugh, and encourages students to join in.
The first day of class, he asked us to raise our hands if we were conservative, because, he said, he was curious. Half of us raised our hands. A couple weeks later, he followed up with clicker questions asking students what programs, institutions and policies they would be most willing to scale back in order to decrease government spending. We were told it was just an exercise based on his own curiosity and that we would discuss the cultural implications afterwards. When he received the results, he expressed how surprised he was, and immediately began ridiculing some of our opinions. He noted that we supported cutting Medicare spending and remarked, to paraphrase, “So you guys want your grandparents living with you?”