Adopt a Dissenting Book

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The Adopt a Dissenting Book campaign is based on a series of steps intended to make sure that professors set forth opposing critical views in a fair-minded manner, and, if they refuse to open their classrooms to dissenting ideas, to make an example of the offending courses and instructors among trustees, alumni, and concerned citizens.

The first step is for students to will use course syllabi from politically oriented courses in departments such as Anthropology, Communications, English Literature, History, Sociology, Women’s Students, etc., and evaluate the reading lists to see whether or not they are biased.  If the determination is made that the class materials do not present a fair and objective examination of the subject at hand, students will, with the assistance of Students for Academic Freedom, compile a list of books and other instructional materials whose inclusion in the course will give it true intellectual diversity.

The students will take these materials to their professor, make the case for how even one dissenting book, integrated respectfully into a course syllabus whose content otherwise uniformly expresses a leftist worldview, would provide for fairness and objectivity by opening students to the possibility of dissenting interpretations of contentious issues.

If the professor refuses to grant the student’s request, then Students for Academic Freedom will assist the students in appealing to the next higher authority, which would be the Department Chair, and after that the Dean of Students. If students are unsuccessful with these appeals, SAF will help them take the request to the university administration beginning with the Provost or Chancellor, then the President and finally to the university’s Board of Trustees.  While this process of appeal is taking place, SAF will help students launch a media campaign that describes the bias that administrators and trustees sponsor in their school’s classrooms.   Part of this process will involve reaching out to family, alumni, and, in the case of state universities, the public.

“The `Adopt a Dissenting Book’ campaign addresses the problem of classroom indoctrination in a way that has never been approached before,” says David Horowitz. “It has the potential for exposing how biased and propagandistic the university has become under the control of today’s tenured radicals. By mobilizing students and getting them to demand that they be given access to the whole story, we can put radical professors on the defensive and make them open their hermetically sealed classrooms to the fresh air of real academic freedom.”

[For more information on the “Adopt A Dissenting Book Campaign” or to become involved, contact Director of Campus Campaigns Jeffrey Wienir: Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org]

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  • proxywar

    No Ayn rand?

  • Stephen_Brady

    This reminds me of a text that I was forced to teach from, in the university where I taught. The course was Introduction to Logic, and the text was "A Concise Introduction to Logic", by Hurley.

    It wasn't that the book didn't provide a sound basis for teaching logic. The problem was that one cannot teach logic without examples. I would say that at least 2/3rds of the examples also provided some level of indoctrination in lefitist values. If an example had a conservative belief or value, it was overwhelmingly negative (not to mention violating whatever principle of logic was under consideraton). The leftist examples were positive, and "logical".

    There are other texts that were ideologically neutral, but the department would not consider them.

    Just one small example from the sea of leftist indoctrination …

    • sflbib

      The problem is that logic is used to arrive at truth. How is this possible if truth is defined by ideology? The Left found it necessary to re-define truth because their ideology is full of holes. “What is true for you might not be true for me,” as the claim goes. [Note that even this statement is illogical.]

      A case in point. The dictionary defines “racist” as, “1) a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others; 2) a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination; 3) hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.” When it was shown that some actions and statements by racial minorities fit one or more of those definitions, liberals quickly added the qualifier that only whites could be racists because “only they had the power to enforce their racism.” But look at the KKK. How much power do they have today? Very little, but no one would seriously consider that they shed any of their racism when their power declined. On the flip side, there is Jesse Jackson who has honed extortion [aka, shakedown] of white corporate America to a fine art, and even made it de facto legal. Now THAT is power.

      The addition of the qualifier is a ruse because minorities, being human, are just as capable of being racists as whites, but the concept of minority racism just doesn’t fit liberal ideology. Hence, a minority statement or policy might not be correct logically or in reality [e.g., minorities can’t be racists], it is correct politically. "Political correctness" therefore is the intersection [Venn Diagramatically speaking] of illogic and ideology.

  • BillKerney

    Jeffrey:

    I recommend adding two more steps to your procedure:

    1. have David contact Glenn Beck and see if Glenn will allow you to appear on his show after you have given universities a chance to correct the propaganda process taking place in their classrooms.

    2. work with Tea Parties to place initiatives on ballots that mandate books from an alternative point of view when only leftist values are found. Removal of funding for the class and the professor if there is no change.

    There is no reason why taxes from everyone support a sole (leftist) POV.

    • ENOUGH

      We need to take this problem into legislation. All learning institutions that accept public money MUST provide an unbiased environment in the classrooms. All student must be allowed to identify their own constructs of political basis derived from a system design to teach, not to lead. Parents and fellow classmates can try to influence all they want, however as an instructor it is morally and philosophically wrong to push any bias agenda in a classroom or learning environment. Where is freedom of choice if only one side of an issue is presented, or worse, opposing viewpoints are denounced as wrong. This sounds more like what we’d find in a communist society or tyrannical dictatorship than a free and open society.

      • BillKerney

        My reply is posted at <a href="http://frontpagemag.com/2010/09/14/adopt-a-dissenting-book-2/#IDComment99657384:http://frontpagemag.com/2010/09/14/adopt-a-dissen… />Rather than talk let's DO! David has access to Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. – Top down marketing. As for bottom up marketings -> Let's make David's cause a cause for the entire Tea Party movement – about 35% of America. I can supply the funds to contact each Tea Party in America to get them to back David's vision and I will also put up the $s to create the legal to write the initiative. So we have all the tools we need. Let's act. The ball is in NOW David's court.We can make all the connections and create the foundation to make David's vision roll through our culture. Are we going to sit on a good idea or act on it? The mistake David made in the past was not seeing that some people/groups don't move for whatever reason – inertia or their assumption of their position in the ruling class –> like the supposed conservatives (such as Rove and Krauthammer) who opposed Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. David is committed to change so let's make it happen. I am ready to do my part. Who is with me?

      • BillKerney

        My reply is posted at <a href="http://frontpagemag.com/2010/09/14/adopt-a-dissenting-book-2/#IDComment99657384:http://frontpagemag.com/2010/09/14/adopt-a-dissen… />Rather than talk let's DO! David has access to Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. – Top down marketing. As for bottom up marketings -> Let's make David's cause a cause for the entire Tea Party movement – about 35% of America. I can supply the funds to contact each Tea Party in America to get them to back David's vision and I will also put up the $s to create the legal to write the initiative. So we have all the tools we need. Let's act. The ball is in NOW David's court.We can make all the connections and create the foundation to make David's vision roll through our culture. Are we going to sit on a good idea or act on it? The mistake David made in the past was not seeing that some people/groups don't move for whatever reason – inertia or their assumption of their position in the ruling class –> like the supposed conservatives (such as Rove and Krauthammer) who opposed Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. David is committed to change so let's make it happen. I am ready to do my part. Who is with me?

  • Guest

    The Liberal Arts Dept. at American universities are little more than safe havens for the effete Lefty's who thrive in these ideological cocoons. They are now infested with radical wing nuts from the 60's and protected by more of the same in their Administrations. This is an insulated and self-propagating infestation that will need fumigation before any curriculum balance is remotely possible. BillKerney's post (above) is a good way to start the process. Publicity should target alumni and urge witholding of alumni donations until reforms are made. Money talks but lack of money screams.

  • Jim Johnson

    Relax. the cost of education is so high that most recognize costs must be cut. The consideration of eliminating tenure is now on the table. The pressure is also to bump courses that are part of the "College of Useless Arts".
    The more students complain about these dogmatic professors the easier it will be to get rid of them., Who would want to sit in a class and three times each week be preached to by Dan Rather. Reality check any one?

  • BillKerney

    Rather than talk let's DO! David has access to Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. – Top down marketing. As for bottom up marketings -> Let's make David's cause a cause for the entire Tea Party movement – about 35% of America. I can supply the funds to contact each Tea Party in America to get them to back David's vision and I will also put up the $s to create the legal to write the initiative. So we have all the tools we need. Let's act. The ball is in NOW David's court.

    We can make all the connections and create the foundation to make David's vision roll through our culture. Are we going to sit on a good idea or act on it? The mistake David made in the past was not seeing that some people/groups don't move for whatever reason – inertia or their assumption of their position in the ruling class –> like the supposed conservatives (such as Rove and Krauthammer) who opposed Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. David is committed to change so let's make it happen. I am ready to do my part. Who is with me?