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College of DuPage Board of Trustees Move to Adopt Academic Bill of Rights – Far Left Faculty Freaks Out

Posted by iusbvision on January 25, 2009

Via Sara Dogan at Students for Academic Freedom:

In what may be a landmark battle currently playing out at a large Midwestern community college, the College of DuPage’s faculty association has pitted itself against the board of trustees over whether to protect the academic freedom of its students. This latest skirmish in the five-year war over David Horowitz’s Academic Bill of Rights (ABOR) reveals the lengths to which faculty unions are prepared to go to deny college students the right to an education free from indoctrination.

The Academic Bill of Rights proposed at DuPage echoes the language of the original Bill authored by David Horowitz in 2005. It recognizes that the principle of academic freedom applies not only to faculty but also to students who should be protected “from the imposition of any orthodoxy of a political, religious or ideological nature.” The DuPage bill acknowledges the right of faculty members to “pursue their own findings and perspectives in presenting their views” but states that they should “consider and make their students aware of other viewpoints” and that “courses will not be used for the purpose of political, ideological, religious, or anti-religious indoctrination.”

“I and the other trustees thought it was important to provide for the academic freedom of students as well as faculty members,” explained Kory Atkinson, a trustee at DuPage and the principal author of the new policy manual which contains the Academic Bill of Rights.

“We’ve had some anecdotal evidence from students about faculty at DuPage providing lower scores [for ideological reasons] and even in some written reports for classes where professors made comments about sources being ‘right-wing’ rather than rejecting them for scholarly reasons, mainly in the social sciences where sources tend to be more subjective,” Atkinson said, explaining some of the Board’s impetus for proposing the Academic Bill of Rights.

The Academic Bill of Rights proposed at DuPage echoes the language of the original Bill authored by David Horowitz in 2005. It recognizes that the principle of academic freedom applies not only to faculty but also to students who should be protected “from the imposition of any orthodoxy of a political, religious or ideological nature.” The DuPage bill acknowledges the right of faculty members to “pursue their own findings and perspectives in presenting their views” but states that they should “consider and make their students aware of other viewpoints” and that “courses will not be used for the purpose of political, ideological, religious, or anti-religious indoctrination.”

/sarcasm What! No indoctrination and you should include other viewpoints and not just our own ideologically charged view – we can’t have that!

One Response to “College of DuPage Board of Trustees Move to Adopt Academic Bill of Rights – Far Left Faculty Freaks Out”

  1. Rhonda MCManus said

    What an unhelpful “article.” First, I suppose that taking the control of the student newspaper away from students and giving it to the college president is another win for student academic freedom? Second, faculty never even got to *vote* on this matter. Third, beyond the caricature (and I admit, once-in-a-while reality) of the left wing professor indoctrinating his students, most profs are huge defenders of political diversity. I am an Obama voter and would never have dreamed of discussing or divulging this in the classroom. Indeed, I always try to go the extra mile to represent viewpoints I don’t myself hold. The mistrust of faculty is divisive and overblown. This move will undermine the value of a COD degree, and make the institution a laughingstock. You know, if you hate and mistrust professors this much, why not just skip the education altogether and just sell the degree? That’s pretty much the plan anyway.

    [Rhonda,

    As a liberal arts student and as a person authoring a book on academia, your statement “most profs are huge defenders of political diversity” shows that you either have not done your homework or you lack introspective. Granted it would hinge upon how one defines “most”.

    Almost every week FIRE or the ADF is fighting or suing a university for violating student’s rights and very often it has to do with the suppression of political diversity. This site also catalogues some of the attempts by IU faculty and administration to shut me up, censor people or punish them because they expressed a viewpoint. If you had just bothered to roam these web sites you would see case after case after case.

    I am a liberal arts student. Communications and political science are my fields of study. I have never been asked, simple questions like, “Why does limited government that respects the rule of law aid in the creation of wealth?”.

    When I took the History of Western Civ when we got to the Cold War, Ronald Reagan’s name was not even mentioned until I protested in class. If you took that course here you would think that America had nothing to do with the end of the Cold War and that it was all about Gorby’s vision. I happened to know better because I was there.

    Frederick Hayak, Adam Smith, Milton Friedman …HA! – only of you took some business and econ electives.

    How about some close reading of Aristotle and Cicero on ethics, logic, rhetoric and the law as a part of the general education guidelines as colleges used to do…. nope not a chance, its just glossed over and you barely scratch the surface.

    A little of the writings of Winston Churchill – Nope….

    A conservative/traditional point of view book for “One Book One Campus” – not a chance….

    But hey, we sure studied lots of mass society theory featuring Karl Marx, C.Wright Mills, Max Weber and Antonio Gramsci… “but wait professor was there anyone who wrote about or contributed to these mass society theories who wasn’t a Marxist?? – yes but they are not a part of the curriculum. …..Oh and while your at it lets have a third or fourth chapter on Judith Butler….

    Three semesters of Marxist critique of American culture….

    Rhonda said,
    I am an Obama voter and would never have dreamed of discussing or divulging this in the classroom. Indeed, I always try to go the extra mile to represent viewpoints I don’t myself hold.

    That is like you being the prosecution and the class is the jury and you don’t let the defense have an equal chance, instead you just tell the jury what you think the defense is going to say.

    I am most confident that I can represent traditional and conservative view points better than you on your best day and so can a traditionally minded or conservative professor.

    Do you have any idea how many of the few conservative professors out there are forced to keep their ideas a secret or face persecution by a leftist orthodoxy? Do you have any idea how many professors have communicated this very notion to me while I have been researching for my book?

    It is not about hate of professors, it is about the state of academia and since there have been countless abuses and since many institutions have become indoctrination mills (How many universities celebrated Israel’s 60th birthday? – care to have that discussion with me Rhonda?) there needs to be rules in place that discourage abuses and promote REAL and genuine political and philosophical diversity.

    Also about the college taking over the student paper, they are allowed to do so over a piece of case law that is only good in this federal district called Hosty vs. Carter. I opposed that ruling.

    It does undermine your position that you faked your identity. I don’t mind keeping ones identity a secret when asked. I know exactly who you are but don’t worry I won’t tell anyone. You are welcome to post here with your alias as long as you don’t become abusive. Of course, getting your argument licked by an undergrad wouldn’t do much to help your stature with your peers.

    In the interests of proper perspective “Rhonda” does not teach at IU or DuPage.

    Enjoy music class and thanks for chiming in – Editor

    UPDATE – Rhonda I have a video link for you, click and learn. http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=281363

    and here is another one – http://www.foundingbloggers.com/wordpress/2008/12/video-political-correctness-vs-freedom-of-thought/
    ]

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