Thursday, April 28, 2005

Ideology as coursework 

Intrepid reader and sleuth jw sends a piece from that caught his eye.
A professor at North Carolina Wesleyan College (search) in Rocky Mount is defending her course titled, "9/11: The Road to Tyranny," which teaches that the official story of the 9/11 attacks is actually a government cover-up. According to one required text, the attacks were orchestrated and carried out by U-S government elites themselves. Professor Jane Christensen (search) insists, "I teach the truth about 9/11 ... This is a war by the extreme right wing motivated by the Zionists to quash academic freedom." So what does the school think about all this? Well, its President says, "We don't tell professors what to think. We don't tell professor what to teach. ... that's what [Saddam Hussein] did."
Jon Sanders of the
Pope Center, who writes a column called "Course of the Month" of which I'm a fan, has much more detail in this piece a couple weeks ago on FrontPage. As FrontPage's David Horowitz says, how can you get a full education when they're only giving you half of the story?