A13: Annotated Bibliography- Belldere

Doherty, Daniel. “Avoiding Leftist Indoctrination at American Colleges and Universities.” Townhall.com. N.p., 19 Nov. 2011. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.

Background: The article talks about avoiding leftist indoctrination on college campuses. While 72% of professors in American universities are liberals, only 15% are conservatives. The author of the article, “Avoiding Leftist Indoctrination at American Colleges and Universities” by Daniel Doherty states that, “College courses, which are often taught by biased professors who espouse leftist ideology, fail to adequately challenge undergraduate students and often leave many of them woefully unprepared for the real world.” The article also talks about how many students hide their political views with the fear that their professors will penalize them.

How I used it: I am using this article to help my case by giving a percentage of how many professors are liberals compared to conservatives. Along with this information, I am using the statement made about how professors who indoctrinate students with liberalism fail to adequately challenge liberal undergraduates as well as leave many unprepared for the real world.

Kids Need to Be Taught Reality.” The Common Constitutionalist Let The Truth Be Known. N.p., 28 Aug. 2015. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.

Background: The Common Constitutionalist wrote the article, “Kids Need to be Taught Reality” where kids who are indoctrinated with liberalism are not prepared for the real world. They mention how sports now-a-day give out trophies and ribbons for just showing up instead of honoring top achieving students because it promotes unhealthy competition. If students don’t have competition they are going to think they are the best and that there’s no need to improve their selves. Mainly the article talks about how we give in to make children feel better rather than what’s right. An example they gave in the article was, “We allow them to learn that 2+2 can equal five, so that we don’t damage children’s fragile psyche.”

How I used it: I used this article to enhance my reasoning of how indoctrinating students with liberalism leaves students unprepared for the real world along with how liberalism leads to promoting unhealthy competition.

Why Competition Can Be Healthy For Kids.MindShift. N.p., 29 Mar. 2013. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.

Background: This article talks about competition and how children need friendly competition in their lives. How competition and team activities can drive learning and performance better than solo endeavors. Competition pushes students to do better not only in sports but in the classroom, and lunch rooms. If kids don’t have competition, as Bronson states in the article “Competition Can Be Healthy for Kids,” “If kids don’t learn to lose, they’re going to feel entitled to win.”

How I used it: I am using this article to further back up my evidence from the article “Kids Need to be Taught Reality” and how giving trophies to every kid who shows up promotes unhealthy competition which in the long run leaves us ill-prepared for the real world due to lack of competition. This is caused by kids who are indoctrinated with liberalism. Kids need competition to further drive learning and performance as well as be able to withstand in the real world. Jobs aren’t going to be handed to people who don’t compete for them. Just because someone wants it, doesn’t mean they are going to get it. Kids grow up to not being able to cope with real world situations and essentially look for a scapegoat for everything.

Friedersdorf, Conor. “Admit It, American Colleges Do Indoctrinate Students.The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 27 Feb. 2012. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.

Background: This article starts out by stating how Obama wants all kids to go to college and wants them to all be indoctrinated. There are many Americans who see this as a good thing. It touches on how teachers value intellectual achievement more than moral achievements and how anti-racism is one of the big things at American colleges. The article also talks about people feeling uncomfortable around gays and lesbians because they never have been around them before or how colleges give out free condoms to promote safe sex. People look at all of these things as a problem. And conservatives always have something to say about a liberal teacher. But teachers are expected to keep their beliefs and ideas outside of the classroom. Deliberate indoctrination usually occurs in higher education by staff, administrators, and classmates.

How I used it: I chose to use this article to express not only how Obama wants kids to go to school to be indoctrinated but as well as he last few sentences in the article. They tell us that deliberate indoctrination occurs in higher education by staff, administrators and classmates. Just another article to prove indoctrination is happening and not only by teachers.

Casey, Dana R. “Conservative Ideas Have No Voice In Education.” Conservative Teachers Of America. N.p., 6 May 2014. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.

Background: They start off with discussing how conservatives are being silenced especially in schools and universities. They touch on the issue of the definition of diversity that is being taught in the American education system. One student at Swarthmore University stated in an interview that the ideas of a conservative individual should not be mentioned at a liberal arts college and those ideas that agree towards hers are acceptable. This is stated because she feels as though conservatism is the dominant belief and people should not conform to this. In a true liberal arts college, the objective is to find the truth within an argument by closely observing all sides, yet this student refuses to allow certain views in, thus making her argument not a true liberal arts belief. These ideas have come from her indoctrination at this school, and comes from the professors that have fed these views to her. If we admit we are a republican or conservative or even a Christian we will get comments back such as, “bigot”, “racist”, “homophobe”, or “Islamaphobe.” They make a reference of how conservatives have as much as say as a prisoner of war. Liberal indoctrination is being forced into the classrooms through revised curriculum and policies.

How I used it: I am using this article to get a better understanding of how conservatives are being silenced and more liberals are speaking out. Also how liberal indoctrination is being forced into classrooms.

Berry, Susan. “Professor Fails Student for Refusing to Conform to His Anti-Christian Bias.Breitbart News. N.p., 06 May 2015. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.

Background: The article tells a story about Grace Lewis, a student at Polk State College where her teacher gave her 4 consecutive 0’s on assignments for not conforming to his beliefs. Grace took a chance on this online humanities class and went against what Professor Russums’ beliefs were. He had an anti-Christian perspective with his lectures and homework assignments that Grace didn’t agree with. When Grace confronted the professor on the phone about how she felt, Professor Russum called her; “angry because he took his personal time away from his family to speak with her, only to be disrespected by her disagreement with him.” When Grace and her mother tried to seek help from the dean of college, Donald Painter, after Professor Russum wanted Grace to drop the class, they got no help from Painter. Painter reviewed the class and saw nothing wrong with the way Professor Russum was teaching the course but instead blamed Grace for possibly not being mature enough to take the class. “I have reviewed the materials in Professor Russum’s HUM 2020 – 57094 course and believe them to be appropriate based on the course description and learning outcomes. Further, I found nothing derogatory or defamatory toward any group of people.”

With nowhere else to go, Grace and her mother contacted Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life and family. The Liberty Counsel captured screenshots of Professor Russum’s now deleted Facebook page showing inappropriate pictures and sayings. As Matthew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel stated, “Russum’s behavior amounts to “abuse of students. This has nothing to do with teaching, the professor is using his position of superiority to abuse students and this has no place in a college.” Grace was punished because she refused to agree with Russum’s anti-Christian perspective and worldviews of Marxism, atheism, feminism, and homosexuality. Liberty Counsel demanded that Professor Russum’s course context and his behavior’s be evaluated, Grace’s papers be graded by another professor, an apology letter to Grace, and assurance that Professor Russum’s future classes be “free from such unlawful discrimination.”

How I used it: I used this article to give an example of how professors were indoctrinating students and how the students feel. Students feel hopeless against their teachers and often fail as grace did due to not conforming unless otherwise trying to speak up.

Borek, Ryan. “Why Are Professors Liberal?Why Are Professors Liberal? N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.

Background: Ryan Borek goes into detail in this article about the 6 different reasons to why there are more liberal teachers. The first one being job descriptor characteristics. Being a professor is something that people with certain general traits strive towards. It just happens to be mostly liberal traits. Second, because being different is wrong. As stated before, liberal people just happened to already be Professors due to the simple fact that it calls to the same likes and wants. Also because, “liberals were willing to accept, hide, tolerate, etc. socially unacceptable conditions.” Third, professors are biased because their professors were biased. Basically people who were liberals wanted to be around other liberals. This lead to two very distinct issues arising. First, “I am a Liberal, and I see my teacher saying Liberal things. Now, I want to be a teacher too.” Or, “I am not a Liberal. My teacher says Liberal things. Now I am a Liberal, and want to be a teacher too.” Fourth, the job of “professor” is politically typecast as a liberal position. “When you think of a Professor, do you think of them as Liberals? If so, and you are a Liberal, do you want to go be taught by them? Do you want to be them?” Fifth, “Viet NAM.” Students who were not fighting in the war were wearing flowers around the campuses and the teachers began preaching to the choir. Liberalism became popular among students as well as professors which encouraged teachers to teach more liberally. And finally, it’s only humanities anyway. Most liberals are teaching humanities and only in humanities do we see outrageous amounts of liberals.

How I used it: I used this article to explain a better understanding of why there are more liberal teachers. As well as provide examples and reasoning to back up my paper.

Ketsdever, Nathan. “Does The American College Sysytem Brainwash Students Towards Liberalism.Quora. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.

 

Background:  Nathan Ketsdever Posted a comment on the website “Quora” in response to “Does the American college system brainwash students towards liberalism.” Nathan talks about how professors are brainwashing their students with liberalism. He discusses how being exposed to diversity, literature, and the arts is more likely to liberalize one’s viewpoint.

How I used it: I chose Nathans comment because he mentions how being exposed to certain things is more likely to liberalize ones viewpoints. If teachers express these things more to a class it’s almost like they are brainwashing the students.

Pethick, David. “When People Complain about Left Wing Indoctrination in Public Schools, Do They Think Right Wing Indoctrination Would Be Better?– Quora. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.

 

Background: David Pethick made a comment on the website “Quora” in regards to the question, “When people complain about left wing indoctrination in public schools, do they think right wing indoctrination would be better?” David talks about how schools should not have to decide on whether to be a conservative or liberal, but rather the students are able to learn basic skills and consider different ideas, opinions and beliefs. The school system should not indoctrinate students with neither left wing nor right wing, but instead be an unbiased place with no set belief.

How I used it: I chose David Pethick’s comment because it will help further back up my argument about how schools should not be indoctrinated and should be an unbiased place for students to learn.

Horowitz, David. “How Bad Is the Indoctrination in Our Colleges?Frontpage Mag. N.p., 01 Mar. 2010. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.

Background: David Horowitz wrote the article “How Bad is The Indoctrination in Our Colleges?” He talks about university of Massachusetts and how while giving a lecture there, he could not find or make anyone out to be a conservative. This posed a problem in his eyes. He gives some examples of what students say about different teachers and how they indoctrinate students.  For example a professor gave an exam about a speech from President Reagan. One of the questions was “Explain why Reagan is wrong.” David then begins to describe a professor named Goldman and according to his students, Goldman was the “fairest” and “best” professor. He was considered a little liberal at some points but otherwise was free from bias.  David states, “Let me begin by stating what I believe indoctrination to be and what it is not. Indoctrination is presenting opinion to students as though it were scientific fact or as though no rational, decent, and moral person could have any other view.” He then begins to go further into detail with Goldman and his case to the Warren Court.

How I used it: I used this article because it gives examples of indoctrination. I also like David’s definition of indoctrination and incorporated that into my paper.

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