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One-Party Classroom: How Radical Professors at America's Top Colleges Indoctrinate Students and Undermine Our Democracy Hardcover – March 10, 2009

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“A professor’s job is not to tell students what to think; it is to help them to think carefully, critically, and for themselves. There is a legitimate place for the catechist, the preacher, the social activist, and the community organizer; but that place is not the university classroom. Professors who seek to indoctrinate their students violate a sacred trust. They should be forcefully challenged and publicly held to account. In One-Party Classroom, David Horowitz does just that. The book should provoke a discussion of the ethics of classroom instruction that is long overdue.”
—Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program
in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

“Definitive proof that, whether they succeed or not, thousands of professors go to work every day with the intention of indoctrinating their students in their personal political prejudices.”
—Candace de Russy, former trustee, State University of New York

One-Party Classroom shows how far American universities have drifted from academic principles. The politicized courses described here are indeed among the worst cases. What is truly shocking is the unwillingness of university authorities to do anything about them.”
—Stephen H. Balch, founder and president, National Association of Scholars

“Reveals how political activists masquerading as academics dominate our liberal arts colleges. Regents and trustees need to become engaged in this important battle to restore academic rigor, standards, and accountability to our institutions of higher learning.”
—Tom Lucero, regent, University of Colorado

“There is not a university leader in this country who would not be better for confronting the well-reported case studies in David Horowitz’s book.”
—Frederick Mohs, former trustee, University of Wisconsin
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; First edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307452557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307452559
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David M. Dougherty VINE VOICE on March 19, 2009
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This is a well researched and scholarly work that's a little too superficial. The authors composed this book mainly from on-line information provided by the universities themselves (see the end notes) followed up by personal interviews to check the accuracy and truthfulness of the universities' information. There is almost nothing left to attack except for Horowitz himself -- which I see two reviewers have already done and no doubt many will follow. The review centering on Miami of Ohio misses the mark totally since Horowitz is not contending the students are radicals -- some students are able to resist the university's clever assigning of the single summer reading program book to be a far-left polemic like "Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace", "Nickel and Dimed", "The Things They Carried" and "Dead Man Walking." But anyway, where's the counter-balance?

The authors concentrate on liberal arts programs such as Women's Studies, African-American Studies and Sociology with a number of other, ofter oddball, programs thrown in for good measure. The authors carefully point out that the universities studied also have highly-rated (by other leftist academicians) departments and programs although no proof of the excellence of these departments and programs is offered. With 95% of all professors claiming to be liberal, "progressive" or radical, one should look at anything coming out of the AAUP or like organizations with a great deal of suspicion. Nonetheless, the liberal arts programs are widely open to criticism, particularly in light of the grade inflation, lowering of standards and lack of rigor in the vast majority of liberal arts colleges as compared with their pre-1964 programs.
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A quick read that will give anyone a good idea into what some professors and administrators are doing in America's universities. A senior education major myself, I found this book to explain a lot of the agenda's I have witnessed in the political and european classes that I have taken. A great read if you do not mind being shocked at how "undemocratic" some universities can be.
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Horowitz presents a well-documented, irrefutable case that the academy has been taken over by the radical far-left. This should be a must read for politicians, policy-makers, administrators, faculty (the sane ones), students and their parents. Unfortunately, the Left is a religion, and those who subscribe to it's tenets (you know, the "open-minded") are impervious to persuasion, argument and debate. They know only that they and their beliefs are superior to all others, that if they and theirs had political power, they would be able to transform the world into a far better place than it is now, and that therefore anyone who opposes, or even questions them -- like Horowitz -- is an inhuman monster who must be smeared, defamed and destroyed. So when you read the one-star reviews of this book by the small-minded and intolerant, take them with a grain (better yet, a gallon) or salt.
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This is a depressing book. Receiving bad news is never a pleasant experience, but sometimes reality bites a person in the rear end just to get their attention. That's the case with the current state of the United States College System. Like so many other Baby Boomer-aged employers I'm constantly amazed with the poor quality of today's typical Liberal Arts College Graduates. Too many of them can't read, but even more serious, few of them seem to show any ability to think. They aren't educated so much as indoctrinated. They believe too many "facts" that defy common sense. Many of today's graduates seem to smugly believe that their indoctrination is correct and it's their lying eyes or ears that are in error.
This book discusses how the American College system has been taken over by 1960's radicals. It doesn't say so in so many words, but the Vietnam War sent many war protestors into higher education in order to stay out of the military. Many of them are still there but they are now tenured faculty members.
The authors examine several colleges and university curriculums to illustrate how the classes have become politically correct and radical to the point that millions of students are being trained to revolt against all the existing American Institutions. The typical liberal arts degree has been diluted and corrupted to the point that the degree is almost worthless. Millions of Americans are mortgaging their homes and futures in order to send their children into the arms of radical revolutionary college professors with agendas that don't have teaching critical thinking anywhere on them. The authors point out how "Critical Thinking" is currently a code word for Marxism at most colleges and universities.
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I wish people could actually hear the message that Horowitz is trying to convey in this book rather than jumping to a wrong conclusion. People seem to think that Horowitz is saying that only conservative and/or pro-American ideas should be taught at our colleges and universities. This is exactly the opposite of what he is advocating. His point is that classrooms should not used as tools for political advocacy, activism, and indoctrination. They were built for the purpose of education and that is about presenting evidence, approaches to thinking about that evidence, tools for clear thinking, and allowing individuals their freedom of conscience. Subverting that purpose by dragging students into political advocacy and indoctrination is wrong no matter which side is doing it. However, the modern university is so clearly dominated by the left-wing that the examples Horowitz provides are from the lefty side of things.

When you look at any programs that have the word "studies" in their title, you can be very confident that you have arrived in a very left-wing environment. That they would say they are mainstream or middle-of-the-road just confirms how far left their basic views are. So, as you read this book, and you should, remember that Horowitz is NOT advocating the termination of the academic study of women, minority, or any other studies program. What he wants stopped is the use of these programs for miseducation and as a platform and cudgel for the political activism of the teacher.

Horowitz takes you on a tour of the sad state of affairs at 12 major universities: Duke (remember the Lacrosse team?), University of Colorado (Ward Churchill, anyone?
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