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San Diego State Student Republicans Claim Bias in Class

Monday, 09 January 2012 03:17 PM

Student Republicans at San Diego State University are accusing some professors of injecting personal agendas into their teaching.

The SDSU College Republicans club has released a “Teach or Preach” list calling out some faculty members they say are biased and identifying others who they contend are not, reports UT San Diego.

“There are a lot of professors here who take a class period, or the whole course, to spread their political agenda,” Lx Fangonilo, president of the club, told UT San Diego. He cited as an example a class he took that was supposed to be a survey of history from the 18th century to the present.

“But it was all about how corporations have taken over the world,” Fangonilo said. “That’s class time we are paying for. For us not to get the class we signed up for, that’s not right.”

Nancy Marlin, the university’s provost, said: “Any bias or slanting is, of course, relative to one’s own position. … We actually encourage open discussion of controversial material. This is something we think is critical; that’s how you do the exploration of new ideas. That’s why we have academic freedom and freedom of speech. Students are free to express themselves. We encourage it. All of this is part of being a vibrant university ”

Marlin said the university has a formal process for students to complain if they feel class content is “irrelevant and unrelated to the subject.” Such cases, which she said are rare, are heard by a committee composed of students and faculty members.

Carl Barnes, vice president of the Republican club, said it is not a coincidence that the list was released this week as registration for the new semester began.

“We want students to know a thing or two about the classes they are taking,” Barnes told UT San Diego. “We plan to do this every semester and our goal is to kind of inspire the other [Republican] clubs on campuses around the state to do the same.”

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