The presence of liberal bias and radical left-wing professors on America’s college campuses is as predictable as the rising and setting of the sun. Whether it takes the form of inviting domestic terrorists to lecture on campus, requiring Marxist propaganda to be read for course completion, or offering the ever-popular “peace studies” program, radical leftism flourishes in the world of academia. In fact, there are so many well-documented cases of it that pointing out examples of such educational malpractice is like shooting fish in the proverbial barrel.
But every so often you find a case that is so bizarre, so inexplicable (and yes, so maddening), that it warrants mention. And when it happens in your own backyard, it becomes particularly noteworthy.
About a month ago, I received an e-mail at my radio show from a student at Indiana University Kokomo, enrolled in Dr. Earl Wysong’s Introduction to Sociology course. The student was frustrated because he had been marked down on a class assignment for identifying Nancy Pelosi as a liberal on a political spectrum test. Professor Wysong believed she was a moderate.
I had no reason to doubt the young man, but as an educator myself, I know it’s important to not jump to conclusions based on the accusations of a single student. So I asked him if he could send me an electronic copy of the assignment. Within hours, he had scanned the worksheet and sent me the image: Rush Limbaugh dutifully identified by the student as a far-right “ultra-conservative” with Dr. Wysong’s approving checkmark beside it; but Nancy Pelosi, whom the young man labeled “liberal,” was circled by the professor with a corrective arrow pointing to “middle of the road” (the incredible image is posted here).
Now obviously, it isn’t too difficult to understand Wysong’s strategy. By ingraining in students’ minds that the ideas and beliefs of a radical leftist like Pelosi are “middle of the road,” their perspective of the entire political spectrum in the United States becomes skewed. Mainstream conservative beliefs become “ultra” or far-right, reactionary thought. Simultaneously, left-wing thought becomes “moderate and centrist,” with radical socialism and communism receiving the much more palatable label of “liberal.”
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