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  • CUBoulderIf 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 interviews.

    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.

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