Conservative Books Missing
From Freshman Reading Programs
YAF Study: Are Conservative Books
Left Out of Academia?
HERNDON, VA-Young America's Foundation (YAF)
has discovered that conservative books are noticeably absent from
the required reading programs for incoming college freshmen
nationwide. YAF surveyed the top 50 schools as noted by
Forbes, and of the schools that institute a freshman
reading program, no conservative books were assigned to incoming
students over the past three years. The purpose of required
reading, according to many of the schools implementing them, is to
foster a sense of community among students through igniting
university-wide discussions. Not surprisingly, YAF found that
many of the "required" books only offered left-wing perspectives on
topics such as race, feminism, socialism, inequality, and wealth
College administrators will say that students receive a balanced
education at their institutions, but what really balances the Left
on campus? Today's schools routinely omit conservative perspectives
from campus dialogue, and "required reading" programs underscore
this bias. Examples of the books being assigned to incoming
freshmen include Class Matters by The New York
Times, which advocates against free-market principles, and
Chimamanda Nogzi Adichie's Americanah, a fictional story of
a young Nigerian woman and man who immigrated to the United States.
Throughout the book, the author focuses on race and criticizes
everyone but the protagonists for their prejudices.
Young America's Foundation believes young people should be
exposed to a true liberal education-one that includes both liberal
and conservative ideas, but there appears to be no balance in these
readings that are required by colleges and universities. From the
moment students enroll in college through graduation day, they are
exposed to liberal themes-and few, if any, will read a conservative
book or heard from a conservative professor.
The following is a sample of that books today's college freshman
are required to read. It is clear that colleges and universities
seek to indoctrinate students through assigned reading from the
moment they enroll-before they even step foot in their
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*Top colleges and universities are determined
Institutions of higher learning do not encourage or present a
balanced education which is apparent when YAF examined the courses
offered, those selected as commencement speakers, and now the
required reading programs which are before freshmen even step foot
Administrators say that students receive a balanced education,
but when does that occur? Past Young America's Foundation
studies such as "The Dirty Dozen" show that course catalogues are
full of liberal courses yet courses that present conservative ideas
fairly are rare, and our annual "Commencement Speaker Survey" shows
that liberal commencement speakers outnumber conservative ones
often by a margin of 10-to-1. There is a pattern in higher
education that routinely omits conservative viewpoints. It is
important that students be exposed to both perspectives.
Young America's Foundation believes young people should be
exposed to a true liberal education-one that includes all ideas-
but there is no balance in these required readings. Young
America's Foundation believes that students should also read books
such as Free to Choose by Milton Friedman, Atlas
Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Road to Serfdom by
Friedrich von Hayek, I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe,
Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American
Dream by Adam Shepard, Chinese Girl in the
Ghetto by Ying Ma, or Liberty and
Tyranny by Mark Levin.
This study is comprised of required readings for the Top 50
colleges and universities according to Forbes. Young
America's Foundation researched each of the colleges and examined
their freshman required reading programs and compiled the data for
the past three years. After all the data was collected, each
title was researched and looked at closely to determine the themes
presented within the book.
A Sample of Liberal Required
This is a fictional story of a young Nigerian woman and man who
immigrate to the United States. Throughout the book, the
author delves heavily into concepts of race. Yet, at the same
time, she criticizes everyone but the protagonists for their
"Dear Non-American Black, when you make the choice to come
to America, you become black. Stop arguing. Stop saying I'm
Jamaican or I'm Ghanaian. America doesn't care."
This book argues that humanity is causing a sixth mass
extinction due to global warming and advocates environmental
"Meanwhile, an even stranger and more radical transformation
is under way. Having discovered subterranean reserves of energy,
humans begin to change the composition of the
The novel delves into the life of a man trying to find his way
home in segregated America. It is filled with many leftist
themes including identity and post-traumatic stress associated with
"Well, you know, doctors need to work on the dead poor so
they can help the live rich."
This book describes the "injustice" that women from around the
world experience and what you, as a reader, can do to stop
it. It discusses the need for liberal humanists to reach out
to conservative evangelicals and join forces in embracing
multicultural concepts. This book is filled with feminist
ideas and theories.
"Sexism and misogyny. How else to explain why so many more
witches were burned than wizards?"
A book delving into the modern food industry, mass production,
and vegetarian world. This book also goes into some anti-free
"It shouldn't be the consumer's responsibility to figure out
what's cruel and what's kind, what's environmentally destructive
and what's sustainable. Cruel and destructive food products should
be illegal. We don't need the option of buying children's toys made
with lead paint, or aerosols with chlorofluorocarbons, or medicines with unlabeled side effects. And we don't need the
option of buying factory-farmed animals."
The New York Times discusses class in America; in
typical liberal fashion it advocates against free market principles
by using shoddy economics and misguided facts.
"So it appears that while it is easier for a few high
achievers to scale the summits of wealth, for many others it has
become harder to move up from one economic class to another.
Americans are arguably more likely than they were thirty years ago
to end up in the class into which they were born."
This book is particularly ominous in its consideration of class
and power. Class anxiety is pervasive in this book and the
author conveys a hatred of wealth and rich people.
"Do not really like rich people, as they make us poor people
feel dopey and inadequate. Not that we are poor. I would say we are
middle. We are very, very lucky. I know that. But still, it is not
right that rich people make us middle people feel dopey and
A story of an American Muslim and his thoughts on
radicalization, it also contains some anti-American culture
"It was in Islam that I found the clearest articulation of
this inner struggle. The story goes like this: As a victorious
Muslim army was celebrating its triumph in battle, the Prophet
Muhammad told the men they had won only the "lesser jihad." Now, he
said, they had to move on to the "greater jihad"-the jihad
al-nafs, the struggle against their lower selves. The first
time I read that, I felt as if the Prophet was speaking directly to
me, as if he could see the thousands of times in my life that my
lower self had won, as if he was personally returning Islam to my
This is the story of a young boy who lives in a whorehouse and
was birthed by his prostitute mother. The story is about him
supporting a lady who lives there when she is no longer able to do so herself. The book is full
of supporting characters that are transvestites, pimps, and witch
"Seeing I was sad, Madame Rosa explained that family doesn't
mean a thing and told me how some people tie their dogs to a tree
and go off on vacation."
This book seeks to demonstrate the "positive" aspects of bold
acts carried out by radicals who seek to overthrow the
"Yet confronting evil tends to be seen differently when it
is committed in our name - when the perpetrators are not Germans or
Rwandans but Americans carrying out abuses at places such as the
Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a story that came to light after a
reservist named Joseph Darby handed a CD full of incriminating
photos to the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division in 2004,
one year before President Bush honored Pau Rusesabagina. Darby's
reward was to be called a traitor and to receive a string of death
threats that prompted him to move out of his hometown."
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