One of the more ironic developments during the past half century has been the transformation of most colleges and universities from places of learning into citadels of indoctrination. Examples abound. Here is a recent one:
An Ohio State University (OSU) class has apparently determined another fundamental difference between Christians and atheists: their IQ points.
An online quiz from the school’s Psychology 1100 class, provided to Campus Reform via tip, asked students to pick which scenario they found most likely given that “Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125.”
The correct answer? “Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.”
Go here to Campus Reform to read the rest. Back in the eighties, a few years before his death, I attended a lecture by Allan Bloom. This was about a year after the publication of his The Closing of the American Mind. In the Q&A after his lecture he was asked if courses on ethics could combat the relativism which was dominant among students. He was not hopeful and said with the current professoriate such courses would largely become tools of indoctrination. He used abortion as an example and said that he had often seen the topic discussed in classrooms and had never observed even one such discussion where the transparent purpose was not to convince students that having an abortion was a an ethical thing to do. Bloom was personally a “liberal” in many of his political beliefs, but he was also an old fashioned professor dedicated to teaching, and he well understood the difference between that honorable activity and indoctrination, which teaches students only to repeat the bromides and platitudes of the powers that be in their society.