As the father of a college student, I’m concerned with the extreme progressive lean I see out of our country’s colleges and universities. My boy had to drop a U.S. history class because the professor was so biased that they spend the section on World War I talking about the war’s impact on women. Not about Somme or Ardennes. Nope. How it impacted women.
That was the whole of the class.
Yet that fails in comparison to the nonsense recently spewed out by a professor at Rutgers University.
A professor of education at Rutgers University is but the latest example of an academic who feels it appropriate to discard all sense of decorum on social media in order to bash a sizable segment of the American public.
Catherine Lugg of the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration took to Twitter recently to refer to supporters of the Second Amendment as “gun/Moloch worshippers” and part of a “death cult.”
“At this point, I don’t think ANY civilian should own/have access to any fire arms [sic], period,” Lugg wrote on November 14. The prof has called the Second Amendment “insane,” claiming “No other country indulges in an 18th century death cult.”
Numerous times on Twitter Lugg has advocated for the repeal of the amendment, noting the “The US Constitution must NOT be a suicide pact.” (Give her some credit here — at least she realizes a repeal is the only (legal) means by which gun rights can be eliminated.)
She seems nice.
Of course, as an American, Lugg has the right to hold whatever opinions she wants to and has the right to share them, regardless of how absolutely ridiculous, evil, and spiteful they might be.
What bothers me, though, is that Lugg is someone who is not just tasked with helping shape impressionable minds, but who is tasked with shaping young and impressionable minds who will go on to shape still more young and impressionable minds.
After all, she’s a professor of education.
Further, some of those who she’s referring to as “Moloch worshippers” and as part of a “death cult” are her own students. After all, some education majors are gun-rights supporters. I can think of a couple right off the top of my head, actually.
The question that needs to be asked, though, is whether Lugg can keep her politics out of the classroom. From what I’ve seen from such vicious professors, though, she doesn’t. I don’t know for sure as I’ve not been in her class. I really don’t want to be, either, because I see no reason to assume she’s any different than the dozens of other anti-gun professors who have felt the need to spout absolute nonsense.
Lugg has a right to say what she wants to say away from the classroom. However, I’m bothered by the fact that she’s also likely to say this kind of thing inside the classroom as well. Academic freedom is great, but not when personal opinions are forced down students throats.