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ERIC Number: EJ771262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
By All Means, Study the Founders: Notes from the Democratic Left
Street, Paul
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v25 n4 p281-301 Jan 2003
A thesis concocted by right-wing ideological watchdogs and advanced with elevated urgency in the wake September 11, 2001, claims that America's college and university students are hostage to a leftist, "moral-relativist" and multiculturalist professoriat. To restore right-thinking to college campuses, the argument continues, academic authority figures (university presidents, trustees, and relevant public officials) should impose "rigorous broad-based courses" on "American history, America's founding documents and America's continuing struggle to extend and defend the principles"--freedom and democracy--"on which it was founded." Academia must resume its proper role, subverted by the post-Sixties influx of radicals and liberals, of "passing on to the next generation our legacy of freedom and democracy." Higher Education must instill new knowledge of and respect for the Founding Fathers, the Great White Men who created This Great Nation. The author of this article strongly disagrees with this viewpoint, as found, he writes, in such documents as the "notorious neo-McCarthyite pamphlet entitled "Defending Civilization: How Our Universities are Failing America and What Can Be Done About It," produced by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) and best known for its list of exactly 117 post-9-11 campus quotes and "incidents" claiming to show liberal/left academia's alliance with terrorism. The author contends that "we can note the insulting nature of the notion that students are the unwitting tools of their supposed radical professors, lacking their own reasons for opposing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East or elsewhere. We can also note the farcical nature of the notion of a predominantly radical and primarily political academia that spends its energies propagandizing youth." (Contains 44 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States