A Portland State University professor has resigned with a letter claiming the campus has become a “social justice factory” that made his work impossible.
“Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues,” Peter Boghossian wrote.
1/ Professor Boghossian’s resignation letter from Portland State University today is a must read.
“Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues.”https://t.co/2ZFoS0Yeo1
— Jason Lepojärvi (@JasonLepojarvi) September 8, 2021
“I never once believed — nor do I now — that the purpose of instruction was to lead my students to a particular conclusion. Rather, I sought to create the conditions for rigorous thought; to help them gain the tools to hunt and furrow for their own conclusions,” Boghossian added in his letter.
“But brick by brick, the university has made this kind of intellectual exploration impossible. It has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a Social Justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division,” he added.
“Portland State has always been and will continue to be a welcoming home for free speech and academic freedom,” the school said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
“We believe that those practices are not in conflict with our core institutional values of student success; racial justice and equity; and proactive engagement with our community,” the statement added.
The popular letter said what many Americans outside of today’s liberal universities have been thinking. Public higher education is supposed to teach student how to think, not what to think, an aim long abandoned in many places in favor of a new liberal agenda.