30 November 2016

Professor Watch List Gaining Steam

Charlie Kirk
Students in the United States who want to study and be free from continuous liberal rants from their teachers now have access to a database that will inform them with the click of a button who among the professors can avoid in school.

Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA concluded in 2014 that 60 percent of college professors identify as "liberal" or "far left." Given that, the education watchdog aptly named ProfessorWatchlist.org created a tool that would help them make a prudent decision while signing up for classes. The team’s work is a project of the nonprofit organization Turning Point USA (TPUSA).

TPUSA was founded four years ago by the then 18-year old Charlie Kirk. Now, the organization has grown considerably after it got a boost in popularity when Donald Trump was elected as the country's 45th President.

A Bloomberg story from May 2015 reports that TPUSA raised US$ 1 million in 2014 from donors that include "Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner; Montana-based technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte, a donor to Christian causes; and Mike Miller, a suburban Chicago jeweler who’s given Turning Point US$ 50,000."

The mission of the watch list, according to its website, is to "expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom."

"Professor watch list is intended to expose document and organize radical professors across the country who have been engaged in anti-American and leftist behavior in their classes," Mr. Kirk said. "We believe these professors have a right to say whatever they wish, but we feel a responsibility to students, alumni, and parents to expose the radicalism that has institutionalizes our colleges and universities."

Students who use the free product can search by school or an individual professor by name.

There are currently 197 academics on the TPUSA list; featured professors’ perceived offenses vary across the board and include having socialist leanings, saying that climate-change deniers are incorrect, addressing the concept of white privilege, and calling for stricter gun-control laws.

More specifically, one professor landed on the list for reportedly saying Ted Cruz’s "New York Values" comment was anti-Semitic, while another allegedly "instructed students to write 'Jesus' on a piece of paper, then stomp on it."

A more bizarre entry calls out a professor for hosting an "'EcoSexual Sextravaganza' in which participants 'married the ocean.'"