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Calvin Freiburger

Fighting Radical Indoctrination, One Classroom at a Time

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Posted on June 28 2010 6:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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We on the Right often complain about political indoctrination in modern academia, but how well do we prepare people to fight back?  At Campus Reform, Bonnie Kristian recently highlighted this helpful piece by Gary North on how to “safely create pain” for leftist professors abusing their authority.  The first step is getting the lay of the land:

1. The professor is 100% in charge in class, if his superiors are not threatened by what he says or does.

2. Most students in the class don’t care about the academic content.

3. Most students just want to pass the class. They want to know what to regurgitate on the exams. They don’t want disruptions from anyone who will not be grading them.

4. Your targets are the 20% who do care about the material.

5. Are they worth the time and trouble?

6. If the answer is yes, adopt an offensive strategy.

North advises students not to present themselves as conservative crusaders, but as confused students simply looking for clarification on material they don’t understand yet.  This makes students appear sympathetic and unthreatening to their classmates, while ensuring that the professor can’t go on the offensive without looking bad—yet if he tries to skirt the question in a less confrontational manner, like changing the subject or suggesting an after-class meeting, he looks like he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  However, North points out that, to be effective, you have to know the material, too.  Sorry, but you’re not getting out of homework that easily.

North’s next step for young right-wing saboteurs is “digital kneecapping”:

1. Set up a blog site that allows interaction (a forum).

2. Post key questions on the blog. Refer to your confusion. “If he is saying that, then how can we explain this?” Provide the summary of your position. Provide links to supporting data. Do not attack him. Undermine confidence in him.

3. Once you have a few questions posted, hand out a card before class begins. Have the site’s address on the card. Invite others to share their views.

4. Position this blog as a discussion group in which each person helps the others to do better in class. It’s a joint effort to pass the course.

Read steps 5 through 8 here.

If widely adopted, North’s devious (in a good way) battle plan has the potential to wake up a lot of young Americans one classroom at a time. Be warned, though: even careful, non-combative dissent has the potential to elicit repercussions from professors that feel sufficiently undermined. We underestimate the vindictiveness of slighted tenured radicals at our own peril.

Still, important causes are rarely risk-free (otherwise, they’d be resolved overnight), and for college conservatives ready to fight back, this is a great way to start.

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Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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