By: Hillary Cherry, Program Officer of Public Relations
According to emails obtained by the Associated Press, Governor
Mitch Daniels worked to eliminate leftist indoctrination in
Indiana's public universities during his time in office. Governor
Daniels pledged to stand up for academic freedom-and continues to
do exactly that as President of Purdue.
A university president looking for "an upgrade of offerings
to increase knowledge in the areas of math and
science?" Sadly this is unheard of, and liberals are
doing their best to keep it that way.
In 2010, Governor Daniels requested that liberal historian
Howard Zinn's literature be banned from classrooms.
Daniels wrote, "The obits and commentaries mentioned
his book, 'A People's History of the United States,' is the
textbook of choice in high schools and colleges around the country.
It is a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that
misstates American history on every page."
In an effort to improve the education of Hoosiers, Daniel's
wrote, "Disqualify propaganda and highlight (if there is
any) the more useful offerings. Don't the ed schools have at least
some substantive PD [professional development] courseware to
upgrade knowledge of math, science, etc."
The most frustrating part of these emails gaining national
attention is that Americans, who should be pleased with his work to
remove improper education of our youth, are outraged. This leads me
to question our nation's stance on education. Why would anyone want
his or her child to be taught an inaccurate description of American
According to Politico, the emails are "raising eyebrows
about Daniels' appointment as president of a major research
university just months after critics questioned his lack of
academic credentials." In reality, the emails reveal exactly
why he is qualified to be president of Purdue University. Governor
Daniels worked to eliminate leftist propaganda. He has dedicated
himself to ensuring students receive a fair and balanced
Since becoming the president of Purdue University in January,
Daniels has greatly improved the University. Daniels is also more
accessible to students, faculty, and the community than our
previous president. He openly meets with fellow institutions and
companies to promote better relations and partnerships.
When I was a senior at Purdue this past year, I frequently ran
into the governor on campus while working out, walking to class, and even at
the local hang outs. President Daniels led freshman tours on
campus. He created a welcoming presence that made my fellow
students and me feel more connected to our university. In June,
Daniels traveled to China to expand Purdue's economic and
After three months of his presidency, Daniels implemented a
two-year tuition freeze. He found new approaches to bring money to
the university through grants, gifts and donations.
Daniels wrote, "There is need for a cleanup of what is
credit-worthy in teaching of our professions," and I could not
agree more. Next time the Associated Press reveals emails through
the Freedom of Information Act, they should look into the next
president of the University of California-Janet Napolitano. As
governor of Arizona, Napolitano did nothing to bring intellectual
balance to Arizona's public schools. Governor Mitch Daniels is a
proven leader and having him as the President of Purdue University
could not make me more proud to be a Boilermaker. Boiler
*Hillary Cherry is a recent graduate of Purdue University and also Young America's Foundation's Program Officer of Public Relations.