The first classes freshmen take this year are likely to be dominated by leftist ideology, a new report reveals.
A study of 50 US colleges by free speech activist group Speech First found that freshman orientations function effectively as political indoctrination sessions.
“These orientation programs overwhelmingly cover issues related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), while attention to students’ free speech rights on campus – or the role of diversity of viewpoints in campus/academic health – is strikingly absent,” the group said. report bed.
Speech First collected college guidance materials from 50 schools, using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
After evaluating the curricula, the group found that the vast majority of schools promoted leftist ideas.
About 91% of schools focused on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion, Speech First wrote.
While around 30% mentioned ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘diversity of viewpoints’.
However, this difference fails to capture the extent to which the focus on DEI topics has dominated free speech topics, the report notes.
In the slideshows, schools had 3.71 times more DEI material than free speech material. In materials, schools had 4.9 times more DEI information, and in orientation videos, they had 7.37 times more.
“Our public universities are failing to provide incoming students with a foundation of respect for free speech, open speech, and civic education,” Speech First wrote.
“Instead, they focus exhaustingly on issues around race, sexual orientation, gender identity and the guilt of incoming students in a culture of political correctness.”
In first-year orientations, some of the schools surveyed gave students surprising advice.
“‘Where do you come from?’ is micro-aggression,” a Northern Kentucky University orientation video told students.
The video added, “‘I don’t see race’ means you don’t recognize someone’s identity” and that “If you haven’t been to a drag show yet, we’re going to make sure you have this opportunity.”
The video was titled “Creating an Inclusive Community”.
Orientation at the State University of New York at New Paltz required students to take the Implicit Association Test (IAT), a controversial test that claims the ability to reveal unconscious racism.
The University of California at Irvine encouraged students to take the IAT.
The University of Las Vegas provided freshmen with handouts defining “bias” as “a tendency to believe that some ideas are better than others.”
Silence and cowardice
When students encounter orientations that promote ideas like these, they react with cowardice, Speech First noted.
“Often they feel so outnumbered, so worried that their ideas and questions might get them in trouble or destroy their college experience/career, that they can’t find the courage to speak up.”
But the students weren’t the only ones reluctant to go public with their speeches, Speech First wrote.
“We have seen significant resistance from universities to cooperate and provide the records we have requested, even though they are obligated to do so in a timely manner under state freedom of information laws,” wrote the group.
Resistance from schools meant that Speech First’s project took nearly a year, he said.
“We know we are only scratching the surface of universities’ attempts to coach and guilt students into viewing themselves as potential enemies in an effort to suppress dissenting voices,” the report said.
To pressure schools to encourage free speech during orientations, Speech First suggested that students anonymously submit objectionable orientation content to the group’s infoline.
“The Freshman Orientation Tip Line will continue to expose universities’ harmful attempts to avoid transparency and their accountability to their student communities, parents and the academy,” the group wrote.
Schools Speech First has reported on include: Boise State University, California State University-Northridge, City University of New York-Hunter, Evergreen State College, Fort Lewis College, George Mason University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University-Bloomington , James Madison University, Kent State University, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, Missouri State University, Montana State University, North Carolina State University, Northern Kentucky University, Ohio State University, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Rutgers University, State University of New York-Buffalo, State University of New York-New Paltz, Towson University, Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Alaska-Anchorage, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Central Florida, University of Central Missouri, University of Colorado-Bulder, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Louisiana, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Mississippi, University of Nebraska, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Nevada-Reno, University of New Mexico , University of Oklahoma, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Texas-Austin, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, University of Wyoming, Utah State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia State University.