A Portland State University professor has resigned with a letter claiming the campus has become a “social justice factory” that made his work impossible.
“Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues,” Peter Boghossian wrote.
“I never once believed — nor do I now — that the purpose of instruction was to lead my students to a particular conclusion. Rather, I sought to create the conditions for rigorous thought; to help them gain the tools to hunt and furrow for their own conclusions,” Boghossian added in his letter.
“But brick by brick, the university has made this kind of intellectual exploration impossible. It has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a Social Justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division,” he added.
Of course, the university has a different view.
“Portland State has always been and will continue to be a welcoming home for free speech and academic freedom,” the school said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
“We believe that those practices are not in conflict with our core institutional values of student success; racial justice and equity; and proactive engagement with our community,” the statement added.
The viral letter hits on what many Americans have been thinking. Public higher education is supposed to teach student how to think, not what to think, an aim long abandoned in many places in favor of a new leftist agenda.
Why are our tax dollars continuing to pay for social justice warrior education at state universities that teach our children to hate our country, burden students with crippling student loan debt and then leave them in many cases without the educational skills need to succeed in the real world? The propaganda alone should concern Americans to the point of rethinking the entire college experience.
Even a casual look at Portland State’s website reveals concerns. The student calendar this month includes the “Annual Drag Show,” for example. You can also learn about careers in “holistic life cycle products,” whatever that is.
But suggest a workshop of how to be a good husband or wife, an American patriot or how to stand for your Second Amendment rights? I don’t think so. Liberals would come out of their vaccinated double-masked minds at PSU over a firearms training workshop. Liberty and patriotism? Join the military or find a church, but they don’t do that in these parts.
People forget or simply don’t know most of America’s original universities, including Harvard, were started to train Christian ministers. Today, Harvard brags its latest chaplain is atheist. It doesn’t take a PSU-trained engineer to figure out our education has serious problems.
The Biden administration isn’t going to do anything to change the situation. Poor Biden can’t even handle a question from a reporter. Instead, it’s up to Americans to choose, like one brave PSU professor, to invest our time and career into efforts that help make the nation better.