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History Profs Want Students to Get a Full Understanding

In the argument over the fairness and objectivity of college professors, we often hear it said from those on the left that college professors, whatever their politics and perspectives, try to give students a full understanding of the subject. Besides, students are bright, “critical thinkers,” so there is no point in trying to indoctrinate them.

This piece by Herbert London says otherwise.
It’s about his daughter’s experience in a course at Northwestern entitled “The Cold War at Home,” which never deviated from the leftist line. Seemingly, you can’t be a good anti-McCarthyite and also acknowledge that there was a lot of Soviet espionage, as we know from the Venona tapes. But the students don’t know that because the professor didn’t see fit to bring subjects like that up.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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