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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 2, 2009

October 2, 2009

david_pWidespread classroom showings of Moore’s films Bowling for Columbine, Farenheit 9/11 and Sicko – without critical commentary — provide a useful index of the decline of intellectual standards documented in Indoctrination U. These showings are naked attempts to persuade students of the correctness of the instructors’ personal views and could not occur without the similarly widespread acceptance of political agitation as a suitable form of classroom instruction. These and other events described in this preface provide a benchmark of the success achieved by the entrenched opponents of academic freedom. As Indoctrination U. documents, and as books such as Closed Minds demonstrate, the denial that there is even a problem remains the prevailing attitude in the university community. In the bitterly contested atmosphere created by the opponents of reform, little progress is likely to be made, and the decline of academic standards will continue, which is unfortunate for both liberal and conservative students alike, and is why Indoctrination U was written.

Indoctrination U

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  1. October 2, 2009 3:10 am

    The media gives these log on my shoulder types a forum to spread their diatribe.
    If I write a best seller novel on science fiction do I then have grounds to expound on foreign affairs?
    MM’s opinion should be limited to how to make money from a cheap film(s).

  2. jbtrevor permalink
    October 2, 2009 4:56 am

    However the indoctrination starts much earlier…by the time students attend college their brains are mere sponges of the instructor’s liquor, rather than connoisseur with an inquiring palate.

    Were that not the case membership in Students for Academic Freedom would be pandemic.

  3. Joseph White permalink
    October 2, 2009 4:56 am

    The fact that Michael Moore’s Films are shown in classrooms, is a sign that educators aren’t educating. The same can be said of Al Gore’s Film.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 2, 2009 9:45 am

      They’re both full of lies… maybe they should merge. “MooreGore Films Ltd”

  4. Stan Alekman permalink
    October 2, 2009 5:54 am

    I saw one Michael Moore film. I cannot remember the title or the subject. It was years ago. But one scene in the film is indelibly etched in my mind. It is the scene where a female reporter is trying to ask questions of a member of the Taliban at a Texas airport, Dallas or Houston. Her question about how Taliban treat women was rudely phrased and the Taliban member told her her rudeness was why and he went off. I always wondered: why was a Taliban guy coming to Dallas or Houston? This event took place before 9/11. Why was the Taliban in the US? Was there a business arrangement between Taliban and a US company? What was the reason?

    • October 2, 2009 8:50 am

      It was “Fahrenheit 9/11” and they had some kind of business dealing with an oil company in Texas. As I recall Moore used the incident to paint some sort of conspiracy theory.

  5. October 2, 2009 7:01 am

    David Horrowitz = Modern Day Martin Luther
    Modern Universities and Public Schools = Church of the Left

  6. EddieD_Boston permalink
    October 2, 2009 10:00 am

    I’m an adjunct at a community college. It’s amazing how brainwashed these kids are. It’s not just their schools doing this to them either. It’s ALL of the TV programs they watch too. I do my part to right the ship but the looney leftists have gotten so deep into their brains it’s almost a too late situation.

  7. Ken Kelley permalink
    October 2, 2009 10:32 am

    Never too late … DH is much like Martin Luther (my great hero, also.) Like him, he is demonstrating how important it is to grow a spine!

  8. Brian permalink
    October 2, 2009 1:26 pm

    It is so easy to attack academic freedom to benefit one’s own belief, but in the end it helps no one. Anyone who inhibits free inquiry or discussion is an enemy of academic freedom. By demonizing the left and promoting that nothing left leaning should be taught is the same as only teaching left leaning materials. The funny thing is that watching one Michael Moore film isn’t indoctrination of students, it is an exercise of academic freedom! Just because there is a lack of critical commentary does not mean that there is automatic consensus. Everyone is so worried about the liberal bias of colleges and schools? There is no real bias, just the invented one by people afraid of true academic freedom. By trying to limit liberal thought in schools, you are promoting you’re own ideas of what is right, not promoting true discussion!

  9. jbtrevor permalink
    October 2, 2009 5:39 pm

    Brian said:

    “Just because there is a lack of critical commentary does not mean that there is automatic consensus.”

    Did you think about what you wrote? Consensus has nothing to do with academics.

    In the simplest terms I can muster using some of your words “because there is a lack of critical commentary/discussion there is indoctrination”.


  10. Brian permalink
    October 3, 2009 3:51 pm

    @ Brian,

    It’s also not that there are liberal leaning materials used, but this is not balanced with the conservative materials. Also its been proven that many history texts are incorrect and/or omitting facts which are pertinent to the issues being discusses in the text. Furthermore, there is a major lack in the teaching and required reading and memorization of such undeniably important texts such as: Bill of Right: preamble; Constitution… rights and texts of Thomas Jefferson and numerous others. To think there are people in todays world that actually deny that the holocaust even transpired is nothing more than an abomination to humanity as a whole, much less the accurate ability to label evil for what it truly is… evil.

    Such misgivings in the educational arena of American society is a travesty, and in such lessons the students’ ability for critical thinking on issues of right/wrong and the basic God given rights of man in general.

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