After decades and decades of socialist domination of the American academy, finally an institution of higher learning — Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia — is offering an accredited class on modern conservatism, Politico reports.
The “Conservatism 101” class is a joint project of the university’s Burke Society and the Leadership Institute, which hopes to use the seminar as a model for similar courses at other schools. Conservatism 101, the nonprofit group, promoting the effort, is seeking donations to help give students across America an opportunity to hear the other side of the story.
Given that conservatives comprise about 40 percent of the population, compared to the 20 percent of Americans who identify themselves as liberal, offering the course makes a lot sense.
“We believe that there’s an enormous amount of material that doesn’t get taught in classes, and most universities and students have a right to it,” said Wes Siler, executive director of Conservatism 101. “So rather than confronting professors and administrators, we’re trying to empower students to take it upon themselves to find conservative professors.”
According to The Daily Caller:
Siler hopes to get at least 20 similar classes started at colleges and universities across the country and has been talking with professors around the country with an interest in teaching the course at their university. He has his sights set on large state-affiliated schools such as the University of Texas and plans to get at least one course on conservatism at a school in each of the 50 states.
Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley intends to lecture in the UVA course.
“There are many different arguments out there,” Shirley said. “My compliments to UVA for deciding to move ahead with this because hopefully it will start a trend on other college campuses and universities … to open things up to something other than just a sort of parochial liberalism.”
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