Larry Mumper, a state Senator from Ohio, is afraid of college professors
: Mumper, a Republican, said many professors undermine the values of their students because "80 percent or so of them (professors) are Democrats, liberals or socialists or card-carrying Communists" who attempt to indoctrinate students.
So his solution, in typical conservative fashion, is to control them via legislative syllabus
: Faculty and instructors shall not infringe the academic freedom and quality of education of their students by persistently introducing controversial matter into the classroom or coursework that has no relation to their subject of study and that serves no legitimate pedagogical purpose."
Of course, this sort of thing happens all the time. I also wonder who gets to determine what a "legitimate pedagogical purpose is," and what "controversial subject matter is." Controversial subject matter is particularly dangerous to a college campus, because the last thing we need at institutions of higher learning is that no one is challenged by anything "controversial." After all, throughout history, new ideas have been welcomed with open arms.
(F) Faculty and instructors shall be free to pursue and discuss their own findings and perspectives in presenting their views, but they shall make their students aware of serious scholarly viewpoints other than their own through classroom discussion or dissemination of written materials,
Once again, I wonder who determines what "serious scholarly viewpoints" are. I mean, there is no mechanism for peer review in academic institutions now. I guess the state needs to step in to make sure that Mumper's views are deemed "serious" and "scholarly," because those evil liberals, in cahoots with the Communists, control academia entirely.
This bill has nothing to do with "academic freedom." This is, instead, an attempt by the government of Ohio to control the ideological content of what is being taught at its universities. Among other things, it also appears to be an attempt to destroy affirmative action and allow bogus Heritage foundation type scholarship to sit beside work that has been thoroughly peer reviewed.
It is amazing how often conservatives decry "relativists" until it is time for their views to undergo peer review. Then, all views must be presented side by side because, after all, everything is just opinion, and as valid as everything else, right?