[URPE] Princeton Adopts an "Academic Bill of Rights" -- opening for radicals!!
mameerop at wnec.edu
Mon May 1 15:38:18 MDT 2006
Dear Folks: Something very interesting just happened at Princeton. In
a student referendum, 51% of Princeton students voting adopted an
ACADEMIC BILL OF RIGHTS which has been touted all over the country by
the newest personal incarnation of the witch-hunt, ex Marxist David
Horowitz. If anyone is interested in how he operates, I would be happy
to share with you my personal experience when he came to speak at my
college (Western New England College in Springfield, MA) on March 9
(though you can catch his rant at DUKE on March 7, which was on C-SPAN a
week or so later).
I am not writing to talk about Horowitz. Instead I want to propose a
concerted effort to take advantage of what Princeton just did.
The key to the Academic Bill of Rights is that students have the "right"
to demand that they not be indoctrinated in the classroom based on the
Professor's biases. Horowitz and his crew of course insist that the
LEFT controls the Universities and routinely blacklists conservatives
and conservative viewpoints. Hence, the need for students to demand
"balance" in the classroom.
In fact, of course, we know that the vast majority of Economics
Departments not only do not have radical economists teaching there, they
don't even SERIOUSLY TEACH about radical subjects.
In the Princeton University publication announcing the result of the
vote, they quoted the person who had organized opposition to the vote, a
student named Asheesh Siddique (class of '07), that he "plans on filing
a complaint with the USG regarding an introductory economics course,
because it ignores 'Marxist economic viewpoints, privileging capitalist
ones exclusively'." I propose that we begin to give the Princeton
Economics Department a hard time if IN FACT (let's not pre-judge this)
they do present a completely traditional curriculum with no introduction
of radical alternatives in their principles and other courses. Let's
see if the student government is willing to put its muscle where its
voting majority was!!
What do people think?
mameerop at wnec.edu
PS: Horowitz admitted that Economics departments are the exception to
his generalization that the left has taken over. His reason -- [I kid
you not] "Economics involves a lot of math and Marxists (leftists) are
too dumb to do that math..."
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