Letters to the editor: partisan posturing controversy

In Letters to the Editor

Two Daily Titan readers respond to an article printed in last
week’s issue: ȁC;Partisan Posturing Stands in Way of
Academic Growth,ȁD; written by Daily Titan political columnist
Tommy Purvis.

Dear Editor,

It is unfortunate that in the opinion piece of Mr. Purvis
calling for a free debate of political ideas open to all shades of
the ideological spectrum, he showcases the same closed mind he
professes to despise. In his world, only conservatives are
permitted to offer their views. On this campus seated in the hotbed
of Orange County conservatism, you are as likely to see
fundamentalist Christians protesting abortion as you are to find an
anti-Bush rally. Additionally, let us not forget that while the
college republican club is steeped in years of tradition at this
campus, those on the other side of the aisle had no similar
organization until last spring.

To be sure, the classroom is no place for a professor to endorse
a political agenda, whether it be conservative or liberal. It is
unfortunate that Purvis has endured such educational atrocities at
Cal State Fullerton, but it has certainly not been my own
experience. As a political science minor, I have found my
professors, such as C.M. Shamim and Eric Stroupe, to be brilliant
and open-minded educators who encourage discussion.

While Purvis enjoys the same First Amendment rights as myself,
so do our professors. At a time when voter turnout in our national
elections sinks below 50 percent, any professor should be commended
for trying to stir up a greater political consciousness in students
who are oftentimes apathetic and cynical. Few of us, if any, are
impressed solely by the degree behind a name, nor do we possess
ȁC;innocent minds,ȁD; and the suggestion that we might is
as insulting as it is stupid.

Purvis revives the ghosts of 2000 by mentioning the selection of
President Bush by the Supreme Court. However, he fails to provide
evidence to refute the ȁC;conspiracy theoryȁD; that he
allegedly gets bludgeoned within his classes. Purvis is interested
not in replacing the so-called professor’s monologue with a
great debate, but rather his own monologue. . . and he hides it
poorly.

The reality of the situation is that as our country becomes
increasingly polarized, anything to the left of the far-right is
dismissed as liberal propaganda by Purvis and other supporters of
the president. This is disrespectful not only to our academic
institution, but to the essence of our very democratic republic
itself.

The Democrats are ready for a discussion of policies and ideas,
Mr. Purvis. We are just waiting for a Republican presidential
candidate who can speak the English language coherently enough to
join in with us.

Nicholas Langsdorf, CSUF political science major

Dear Editor,

Boldly, without concern for his academic health, Tommy Purvis
wrote the truth. Thank you, Tommy! Too many professors affix their
leftist political views to the subjects they teach. However, on a
more personal level, I too will make my frustration known.

Last semester I sent an e-mail to a political science professor
stating: ȁC;Since attending Fullerton for two semesters in the
Political Science Dept. I have come to the conclusion that most
professors slant their class instruction with their political
points of view, which are all to the left. I don’t believe
that personal political views should saturate the commentary in
class. Even though I am in the Political Science Dept., it
shouldn’t be the ‘leftist’ Political Science
Dept. All I want to do is to have an education, not an
indoctrination.ȁD;

I spent the last two semesters being irritated in virtually all
my classes. After a heated class discussion about the Iraq war, the
following e-mail was sent to the instructor: ȁC;Regardless
whether an American agrees or disagrees with the war, it’s
happened, so support our soldiers, stand behind the presidency, the
president. Since I have returned to college, most of the
professors’ political views are not any different from those
during Vietnam. It is sad. Young kids wanting the respect of their
professors regurgitate what they hear in class. Rarely do they have
any legitimate political opinions that they have come to on their
own.

ȁC;…College professors, mostly Marxists, (it was quite
popular in the academia, then and now) incited the rioting at
college campuses, andcaused political maneuverings that resulted in
emasculating the military. Thousands died, were maimed or burned so
badly that you could not understand how they could still be
alive.

ȁC;Then, upon their return, humiliation and drug addiction.
I was ashamed of our politicians then, and what is going on now is
exactly what went on then. The result? Thousands died for nothing,
the war was lost, and college professors/students took the credit
for ending the war, and to this day have blood on their hands for
doing so.ȁD;

So, in closing, (in all fairness) there are good professors in
the Political Science Dept.

Roger Morton is one who provided an interesting class and left
his political views at home. Atta boy, Professor Morton.

Barbara Wall, CSUF public administration major

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