Today’s college campus is too often a stronghold of left-wing activism featuring professors with liberal political agendas — which can lead to some truly absurd class offerings.
At schools across the nation, these clearly biased courses are nothing short of head-spinning, as Campus Reform and other outlets have reported.
A University of Southern Maine professor, for instance, offered college credit to students who traveled to Washington, D.C., to protest the nomination of then-Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court earlier this year.
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San Diego State University offered a course about President Donald Trump called “Impeachment, Removal and Special Counsel.”
The University of Illinois hosts a class called, “Trumpaganda: The War on Facts, Press, and Democracy.”
And Harvard Law School, for its part, offers a course called “Constitutional Law 3.0: The Trump Trajectory,” focused on the “impeachment and removal” of Trump.
The school also offers a course titled “Strategies for Defending Constitutional Democracy Under Stress” — which aims to “push back against” Trump strategies.
Is there any question at all about the bias of these courses?
Their titles alone tell the story.
Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) weighed in on the issue on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Friday night — and was not happy they’re offered to college students, especially at state schools.
“This is where your tax dollars are going to work, funding this,” said Chaffetz, who was guest-hosting for Laura Ingraham.
Progressive commentator David Bernstein was willing to admit he thought these kinds of classes on college campuses were over-the-top.
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“I think there are lots of interesting questions being raised about the Constitution on this network on a nightly basis and I think they should be discussed in college campuses,” said Bernstein. “But to have such an anti-Trump bias in these courses is less about where we are politically. It’s more about giving kids a more open-minded education.”
“I think that the reality is that these courses are not the best way to help kids figure out how to coexist in a peaceful democracy — even though there are plenty of other issues that can be discussed in a more civil way,” he added.
“This is where your tax dollars are going to work, funding this,” said Chaffetz.
Lawrence Jones, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, was also unhappy with the course offerings.
While he said such courses represented the extremes found on college campuses, he also sees a problem with left-wing bias on campuses throughout the country.
“You can’t have an open-minded conversation when you have a liberal bias on the college campus,” he said.
At his publication, he said, “We get pitches from students every single day about the bias and hate for conservatives [found] on college campuses. The bottom line is, if you’re a conservative, you’re not really welcome on college campuses. We’ve seen our kids with their pro-life signs get beaten up. We’ve had professors take their phones from them just because they don’t like their political leanings.”
“These are college campuses that do not respect the First Amendment,” he continued. “This is not freedom of speech.”
“If you’re a conservative, you cannot go on a college campus and speak unless you pay $50,000 in speaking fees. All of these battles today start on leftist college.”
Chaffetz said he would like to see more right-wing faculty on campuses.
“The issue I have is there’s no balance,” he said. “We’re supposed to be teaching kids how to think and that’s not happening. You’re not teaching them how to think when you’re giving them course credit to go down and protest the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.”
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.