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Military Vets – This is what the Penn State University Administration thinks of you. – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on April 8, 2009

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A sickening example of arrogant, ignorant, elitism.

What is interesting is that she admits that she voices her personal feelings on the war in her class. Now unless this is a political science class how is that for professional partisan detachment? Lack the discipline and control to stay on the subject matter professor?

Mini-Update – a reader sent a link with the following update:

Penn State’s HR 64 regulation states:

“It is not the function of a faculty member in a democracy to indoctrinate his/her students with ready-made conclusions on controversial subjects. The faculty member is expected to train students to think for themselves, and to provide them access to those materials which they need if they are to think intelligently. Hence in giving instruction upon controversial matters the faculty member is expected to be of a fair and judicial mind, and to set forth justly, without supersession or innuendo, the divergent opinions of other investigators.”

The policy goes on to add:

“No faculty member may claim as a right the privilege of discussing in the classroom controversial topics outside his/her own field of study. The faculty member is normally bound not to take advantage of his/her position by introducing into the classroom provocative discussions of irrelevant subjects not within the field of his/her study.”

I have been watching far left academics voice their opinions on things that have nothing to do with the class material for five years now; the vast majority just parrot far left talking points on the war. When they are challenged by someone who has done some serious study of the issue (like this very writer) the vast majority demonstrate they lack the ability to effectively defend their point of view with substance.

Via Penn State CR’s:

Penn State University’s Office of Student Affairs, in partnership with President Graham Spanier, produced this vignette on “worrisome student behaviors” featuring a stereotypical “aggressive” veteran who threatens his professors.

Faculty and administrators again prove they care more about poisonous “progressivism” than intellectual pluralism.

This video was originally online @…

Penn State removed the video from the website on Fri., Feb. 27, but left the others online — all but declaring their awareness of its inappropriateness.

Just an isolated incident?? No real “academics” think that way you say?? …

I knew in that moment that this was what the future of teaching about justice would include: teaching war criminals who sit glaring at me with hatred for daring to speak the truth of their atrocities and who, if paid to, would disappear, torture and kill me. I wondered that night how long I really have in this so called “free” country to teach my students and to be with my children and grandchildren.  – Dr. June Scorza Terpstra on having Marines in her classroom

And how can we forget this piece of idiocy, who by the way, got lower grades than President Bush in college:

We should not forget Paula Anderson, the professor at UCONN who called the police on a student for making a speech about the Second Amendment during a speech class. And shall we not forget the 88 professors at Duke University who signed the advertisement saying the the (now exonerated) Duke lacrosse players had to be guilty of rape because they were rich, white, and male?

There are plenty of good professors out there and while this is not really a problem in business & economics or the medical schools, in liberal arts this attitude is a problem. In regards to this issue an anonymous professor commented at The Chronicle:

What bothers me about the Academic attitudes towards the military is that they have not changed much over time.  Like the military, that is becoming a separate culture, somewhat out of touch.  There is a certain amount of group think and the same kind of intellectual curiosity that Bush was so often accused of.  Too many things are assumed! 

Indeed! This writer has made similar observations about leftist academia for years.

Here is another comment I found regarding the issue:

Let me give you a more recent example of how academics get this wrong:  About ten years ago I took a few courses for fun at a local community college.  One of the Deans there was very proud of their special program for Veterans Day.  They showed “Apocalypse Now”, one of the better Vietnam era anti-war films. (It has a very distorted and pejorative view of military service.)  As I said to this Dean at the time, in a letter, this was akin to having a minstrel show for Black History Month. Note that no veterans were actually involved in that program.  There was one veteran I met who actually taught there and he’d learned to keep his head down and not say anything about his service.  Not career enhancing and he was up for tenure.

This is exactly the kind of thinking that I see so much of among academia. They just assume that their politically motivated premises about things are the baseline academic truth, when in reality they are baseline far left propaganda. You can bet that professors and staffers and the technical people at Penn State all watched the video they put up many times and thought to themselves, “Oh yes this is so typical…” It took people complaining from the outside that motivated them to take the video down without an apology.

One less egregious and somewhat amusing example of this kind of thinking here at IUSB is the American Democracy Project.

When I first came to the university I sat in some of the ADP events and even participated in a few. I noticed a pattern to the events; they would show a film or present something that was based on a series of far left premises and then they would have a chat about it. The chat would often include several leftists and maybe one guy who would try to give the other side or a moderate view in the few moments he was allowed to speak, but there was no real demonstration of two sides of the issue with well informed and articulate people on both sides getting equal time.

For once how about a screening of the film, The Great Global Warming Swindle with two or three of the IPCC authors at a round table discussion who say that the IPCC summary report was politically motivated nonsense. To leftist academia, having the event weighted the other way around seems just unthinkable. While I am confident a few of the events were structured more equitably, they were not the pattern.

So after a while I stopped attending the events, because there was no way they would allow me enough time to try and balance the event and to be honest, most of the people attending them seemed to only want to have their far left point of view reinforced. Ken Smith, the moderator of the ADP blog, made it pretty clear that he did not appreciate my participation and made several attempts to censor me in what became a series of small battles about it. In a recent ADP event Angela Faulkner was there to participate. I noticed on her facebook page that she was not pleased that several people at the event made some unpleasant cracks to her about being a Republican. Faulkner is more than capable of defending her point of view, but she decided to be nice (whereas I would have challenged the offenders to a public debate).

One of the people involved with ADP is a friend of mine and some of the people who participate do so with good intentions, but their normative ideological premises run so deep that for many of them they just can’t help themselves. There comes a time where it becomes pointless to cast your seeds upon stone.

This was one of the reasons the IUSB Vision was created, and we are happy to enjoy a large number of hits for a college blog. Not that there haven’t been attempts to shut us down, because there have been, but you will have to wait for the editor’s book to get the details :-). comments HERE. Pat Dollard comments HERE. National Review commented on John Kerry’s comment HERE.

UPDATE– Video of radicalized SFSU students and professors who tried to drive military recruiters off campus. The recruiters were surrounded by College Republicans who stood their ground and kept these maniac protesters at bay. Let there be no doubt that kids do not get this deranged in high school. It is professors who teach them this garbage.

3 Responses to “Military Vets – This is what the Penn State University Administration thinks of you. – UPDATED!”

  1. Ilona English said

    It makes me SICK to see this. My husband is a Combat Veteran and most of the men in my family, including my late father, served in the Military – most with combat service. This systematic left-wing political position that Universities are taking has to be stopped. I am writing to Penn State today to tell them they should be ashamed of themselves. Pennsylvania has a long history of it’s young men serving in the military of this country.

  2. smartybiz said

    Here is a very complete story on the video, with new information.

    Penn State training video violates Iraq vets’ dignity, school policy

  3. 1/2 naked patriot said

    Hey Penn State, KISS MY ***.

    [Now now lets not sink to their level – Editor]

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