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- Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (August 30, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 30, 2011
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Please Enroll Responsibly: Avoiding Indoctrination at College Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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4/21/2013 Update: I still look for this book every now and then. Great advice and tips but to stop the problem of bias in the classroom is difficult. Regardless of your political stance or ideas, it's hard mentioning your views in a class when most will disagree with you.
Lee provides detailed information about his past and present political beliefs and how he came to be a 'liberal in recovery'. Lee goes onto describe situations in which he has encountered propaganda and indoctrination in the higher educational system. Provides accurate scenarios that you will encounter throughout your time at University. Describes ways to identify and how to properly handle the situation of indoctrination.
Excellent quick read very informative! I'd recommend this book to anyone thinking about attending or currently attending higher education.
The scales had finally fallen from my eyes, but now what? I still had to get through my classes without blowing my GPA by foaming at the mouth in frustration in class. I didn't always succeed, and did mouth myself into my one and only B. For the most part, the apathy and poor writing skills of my fellow students left me near the top of my classes by default, and I aced every class except U.S. History. I still suspect that my teacher somehow found out I'd missed a class to attend a Tea Party rally. Anyway, I figured my luck couldn't hold out forever, and my new Asian American Studies teacher drove the point home when she encouraged us to respond to recent educational cut backs (due to the lousy economy, thanks to failed Leftist economic policies) by "rising up and revolting". I asked a few mildly pointed questions for clarification's sake, and returned home to find her email requesting I meet her after next class so she could ask Me a few questions. Ugh!
I knew I needed good, sound advice, and this is exactly what Doren dishes out in clear and pragmatic terms. There are some sobering realities here, and some bullets helpfully provided for the biting. I now know what I'm likely up against in my chosen major of Psychology (more enthusiastic Leftists), as well as the fact that the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow is probably rather less than overflowing. I can see I've got my work cut out for me, but at least I now know where the lines are drawn.
Doren's examples of the Academic Left in action weren't revelations to me, only further validations of my daily reality. Watching Horowitz' lectures on the One Party Classroom had already rammed the point home for me awhile back. What was news to me was the Socratic Method, which I'd heard of before, but which had never really been explained to me. The words that rang the truest were when he assured us that trying to persuade or teachers was a hopeless exercise, and that we'd do far better to focus on influencing our fellow students. The other, and probably even more important, point he makes is to remain friendly. I know from experience that this can be a Real challenge when you are surrounded by vehement Libs who are smug, arrogant and aghast at voices who dare dissent. It is well to remember, during our educational trials, that school teaches us as much by accident as by design.
Since discovering Doren's invaluable YouTube channel HowTheWorldWorks, I've been struggling with my new found Conservatism. I'm glad I finally saw the light. . . but I've been flailing around in the dark wondering how to grit my teeth through classes with my new perspective. Far from getting easier, each new semester has seemed even more of a challenge. All I can say is thank God for this book. It's taken me from having barely a clue to being armed for bear.
This book is very helpful! The best advice: pose questions to best frame your arguments. Practice your most inquisitive, interested, curious voice. I learned this before reading this book. Start with "I don't understand.... How come.... if .... results?" Make it seem like you don't know the answer to your own question. I used to do that in my Ethics class- Worked like a charm! At the end of the year, my classmates voted that I influenced their learning more than anyone else.
I didn't speak my mind so I could feel recognized, I spoke my mind so my other classmates could hear an opposing viewpoint. The point is: it worked, they heard me and I got an A both semesters.
Now I am a freshman in College and I've got to remember these tips. I'm reading Marx in my "Challenges of Modernity Class" (required) and I am pretty sure I will fail, just based on the fact that I disagree and can rightfully prove my disagreement with every point Marx makes. However, I am glad I read Lee's book tonight. It reminded me that overall an education is the ultimate goal to college (and not to get too worked up in class).
Thank you Lee! You have helped me become a better thinker and debater.