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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Instead of Indoctrination

On Protein Wisdom, Scott Eric Kaufman is defending academia against the charges of indoctrinating students and flunking qualified conservatives. There's more than one way for a professor to lean left. I suspect the most important way is simply to neglect to correct leftist misinformation.

Misinformation is frequently passed down from one generation of students to another. As a result, students learn that Christopher Columbus discovered the world is round, that astronauts are weightless because they're beyond the Earth's gravity, that marijuana smoke does not contain carbon monoxide, that religion is somehow opposed to rational thought, and that plutonium is the most toxic substance on Earth. All that is needed is for the professor to not bother correcting the currently-trendy parts of the misinformation.

In some cases, all that is needed is a delay in correcting the misinformation. Once an opinion has become sufficiently entrenched, any professor who tries correcting it will be regarded as having sold out to “The Establishment.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Y'know, in an albeit oblique, roundabout way, this reminds of the notion of "academic geneology"; reading this post of your's couldn't help but recall this chart which traced the "acdemic geneology" of planetary science, a link to which was posted a few years back on Jay Manifold's "Voyage to Arcturus" blog.
Sadly, the page has long since expired (the chart, not Manifold's blog)--do you know what I'm talking about, by anychance? (Perhaps you've saved a copy? If you had...)

Wonder if anyone has made "political" academic geneologies. Now that *could* be interesting, wouldn't it? A way to trace political or ideological transmissions or devolopments.

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