If there was any doubt that colleges and universities waste
money on absurd courses, one need only turn to the University of
Colorado in Boulder for the most recent example.
The university kindly welcomed back Professor Patricia Adler
after suspending her for coordinating a
"prostitution" skit in her "Deviance in
U.S. Society" course. Adler asked her teaching assistants
to dress up as various kinds of prostitutes and conduct mock
Amazingly, Adler has apparently included the skit in her
curriculum every semester throughout the past 25 years, to over 500
students, and the university remained silent.
Once the skit was finally brought to light, they put the course
under review, and even tried to force her to retire, but it wasn't
long before they
acquiesced to pressure from a few radical students and the ACLU and
brought her back to teach this semester.
The university is permitting her to include the skit in her
course, but has asked her to obtain consent from students in some
way if she wanted to include them in her skit.
The cowardice shown by CU-Boulder officials is remarkable, but
not as remarkable as their complete disregard for the taxpayers who
help fund the institution. The purpose of any university is to
prepare students for an increasingly competitive job market. It
doesn't take a Ph.D. to realize a skit about prostitution does not
support the curriculum in the least, and instead serves to degrade
the reputation of the university.
In 2013, Young America's Foundation released its Public
School Dirty Dozen, which ranked the most absurd liberal
courses taught at our nation's public universities and colleges
throughout the year. "Deviance in U.S. Society" undoubtedly falls
under that category, and the reversal of CU-Boulder's position on
the content of this course reveals the horrific bias of American
academia against conservative values and ideas.
Brendan Pringle is a Development Officer for the Reagan Ranch, a project of Young America's Foundation.