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Study: Liberal universities indoctrinate students before they even arrive for the fall semester

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It is no secret universities across the country are teaching America’s youth to adopt liberal ideology, but now they have taken this

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indoctrination a step further. Before students even enter college, university reading lists are promoting a progressive agenda. As universities continue to promote summer reading, their reading lists shed light on the liberal profit oriented agenda encompassing universities across the country.

Universities are not just picking any books for students to read, analysis from the National Association of Scholars (NAS) found that the largest genre of suggested or required readings was Civil Rights/ Racism/Slavery books. Books with a progressive angle to highlight inequality and racial division in the country. Schools also select books with environmentalist and pro-immigration angles, pushing the liberal agenda before students even begin to attend school.

More often than not these liberal books are written by exactly who you would suspect, that is, liberal activists.

One of the most common required readings before the 2016-2017 school year, according to NAS, was Between the World and Me by prominent black author Ta-Nehisi Coates. The novel explores the struggles of African Americans living in the United States; a fitting agenda for Coates as he also writes a comic book series entitled the Black Panther, the story of a radical African American superhero.

Rather than having students read information about how the United States government system works, they are being fed reasons why it supposedly works incorrectly and unfairly, before they have even developed their own ideas.

This becomes true about liberal issues across the board.

Many universities are now also pushing the book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, which explains that the world will be ending if environmental concerns are not immediately addressed. The author of this book, Elizabeth Kolbert, has built her career around being an environmentalist, even receiving an award in 2016 for Global Environmental Activism.

Meanwhile books in genres such as politics, career advice, and education are rarely selected.

Aside from being clear activist in their fields, these authors have their own financial incentive to have their books read university wide.

One commonly required book by Ivy League Universities is Our Declaration by Danielle Allen. This novel parodies the Declaration of Independence to highlight inequality that has apparently existed since our nation’s inception. Rather than an analysis of our nation’s founding document, universities are pushing students to read a mockery of it.

But Allen loves that Ivy Leagues promote her book, because she is an Ivy League professor herself. As a government professor at Harvard University, Allen and other liberal professors are making double the money; students are taking their classes and being required to buy their books.

Rather than educating children, universities and professors are making a profit from liberal indoctrination.

Before my own freshman year in college all students entering my university were required to read How Does it Feel to be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America. A book which villainized police and compares the struggles of Arab-Americans to African Americans during the slave era.

These required readings force students into a specific liberal ideology and inhibit educational growth. The NAS suggests universities assign summer writing assignments instead of reading, to force students to grow their own opinions before the university experience.

While liberal universities and professors seek profits rather than student success, they no longer fulfill the mission they are established to pursue.

A mission the taxpayer pays for. With anywhere from $8,000 to more than $100,000 in taxpayer subsidies going to most colleges and universities for each bachelor’s degree, the taxpayer is funding this liberal indoctrination.

Even private universities cannot exist without taxpayer support, so the taxpayer should be able to reject the progressive agenda these universities are forcing onto students.

Students attend college to have a balanced educational experience, yet before they even attend classes they receive the messages of environmental and race activists for their own profit. Universities must begin proving students with a balanced education that prepares them for success in the real world, not one that perpetuates a selected progressive ideology.

This is a guest post by Natalia Castro contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government.

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