Education is a fundamental necessity for the growth of human beings. It is what allows us to learn the basics, and then expand our knowledge beyond them so that we have the capacity to live our lives to the fullest. Education should be inherently unbiased. It should be a tenet of society which gives us the knowledge to be able to form our own worldviews. Tragically, this is no longer the case. Education, in particular university-based education, has become corrupted by Left Wing ideology, transforming it into something entirely different. Rather than encouraging freedom of thought, it now thrives off indoctrination.
The universities are by far the worst. I can attest to this personally. In my first year of study at Griffith University last year, one of my assessments was more harshly marked than the others. I wrote an article on the education system in NSW and interviewed a Liberal MP who sat on the NSW Parliamentary Education Committee. In my assessment feedback, I was told that this MP was not relevant, despite his being on the Education Committee. It was an absurd response. Yet it likely occurred for a several reasons. The first: I wrote an article which was critical of the education system. They probably didn’t like that. The second: I interviewed Gideon Rozner, Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), a Conservative think tank. Universities these days tend to have contempt for Conservatives. However, in retrospect, it was probably my challenging of the University that upset them the most. Allow me to explain.
Earlier in the semester, I had read one of the lectures in my course study guide, which just so happened to discuss climate change. I cannot say I was surprised by this, given it is a typical talking point of the Left. However, when I saw them making the claim that 99.9% of scientists agree that anthropogenic climate change is real, and implying that it was unethical and irresponsible journalism for coverage to be given to climate skepticism, I knew something had to be said. The claims were so outrageous, but even so, I knew that young students would probably be susceptible to becoming indoctrinated with the falsehoods they were perpetuating. So, I wrote a four-page letter refuting their points using academic sources and making the point that they should be providing a more balanced view on the matter. I sent it to the tutor, who passed it onto the course convenor, and, despite requesting to be updated on the matter, I never was. I can, however, almost guarantee the jab I took cost me a few marks, but I have to say, it was worth it.
This is just one example of the bias in the university system. There are plenty of others. Even in creative writing subjects I have done, there have been references to Marxism and climate activism. It is not at all surprising. Indeed, I have come to expect it. For me, it has no major impact on me other than the fact that I may lose a few marks here and there if I dare to challenge these ideologues. But for others, it can shape their entire worldview. Students who are inundated with Leftist ideology in such a way as is done at universities, where they are practically taught to hate the other side, fall victim to political indoctrination. It is beyond reprehensible. But this is how the Left recruit.
There is a simple reason for this: the Left indoctrinate because they know if they give people accurate information about both sides of the political spectrum and then give them the chance to make up their own minds, people will choose to go Conservative. Why? Because Conservative is the logical side. It is the side of reason, the side of sensibility. Conservatives base their ideas in fact and logic. The Left base theirs in fantasy and pure ideology (although there is nothing even remotely pure about it). The means of indoctrination that has come to dominate in the modern world is identity politics.
Identity politics is all about grouping people based on their physical and personal characteristics. Be it race, gender, religion, political views, sexuality, the list goes on. Each group has their own attributions, with some being seen as possessing more “privilege” and others being more oppressed. For example, straight white males, typically Christian Conservative ones, are seen as the most privileged and the worst oppressors, while people of colour and those in the LGBTQ+ community are viewed as less privileged and more oppressed. Or at least, this is what the Left would have you believe. Identity politics is a concept that seeks to divide. Many would likely be familiar with the old adage “Divide and Conquer”. The whole premise is that by dividing the people, you can more easily take power. Why? Because rather than fighting against you, they will be fighting against each other. It is no surprise the Left have employed this strategy. It is, after all, the only way they can even have a shot at attaining power. Conservatives are far more likeable, and far more reasonable, thus making them far more electable than Left Wing politicians.
When it comes to education, university courses nowadays contain identity politics in one form or another. The worst of the lot is gender studies. Gender studies is likely one of the most useless degrees in existence. Basic biology tells us there are only two genders: male and female. The same people who tell you to believe the science when it comes to climate change would have you believe that there are anywhere up to 71 genders. This is not scientifically true. It is a thing of pure fantasy. Anyone who takes gender studies is just doing themselves an injustice, because it will not be useful for them. It is far more useful to do a degree that is going to help you get to where you want in life. That is why I chose Communications, specifically in journalism and creative writing. This degree will help me to get a foot in the door in the world of journalism, but also leaves a whole range of other options open if I need them (eg. Public Relations, Publishing, etc.). It is of use to me. Gender studies is of use to no one. It should not receive any form of government funding. If it does, the government are practically funding the indoctrination of students. That being said, they already are.
If anything, the government should be withdrawing funding from the universities until they ensure there is free speech on campus, and that students are not being subject to the personal biases of university professors. They should take a leaf out of Trump’s book so that universities start to care about free speech. Universities love money, and they will do practically anything to ensure they have the most they can. It would be a brilliant move on the government’s behalf to force their hand when it comes to the matter of free speech.
It is a sad plight of the world that institutions of education in the modern day have chosen business over education. Universities in particular have, as Canadian Professor Jordan Peterson puts it, “lost their purchase on education.” Peterson is tragically correct. Universities around the world have journeyed down the path of socialism, selling their souls to the devil. In fact, even Peterson himself has said “don’t send your kids to University”. This is from a university professor who taught at Harvard, and who still teaches at the University of Toronto. It is shocking, and just goes to the extent of the tragedy that is the death of education in the university system.
The plight of education is, however, not limited to universities. Indeed, Leftist ideology has infected the education system in general. For example, teaching students that gender is a social construct. Recently, One Nation’s NSW leader Mark Latham introduced a Bill to the NSW Parliament to outlaw the teaching of gender diversity in schools. In introducing it, Mr. Latham said, “If they can convince young people that things such as family and gender are socially constructed and that there is some kind of conspiracy to deny them their true identity, then no part of our culture is safe. The Parliament should legislate to defend the family unit and the biological science of gender. Parents, not schools, are the teachers of the values of their children.” Mr. Latham is correct. Gender is not a social construct. This is the post-modernist agenda at work. They are attempting to brainwash children into believing their gender is fluid in a bid to destroy one of the pillars of Western Civilization, the family. These attempts to push their ideology onto kids is reprehensible. These sorts of ideas have no place in the education system.
A more potent example of Left-Wing ideology flooding the education system are the ‘climate strikes’. These ‘strikes’ encourage students to skip school and use time that could be better spent on their education to protest for “climate action”. Here is the logic they do not want to believe and that they just will not teach students these days: the climate has been changing since the Earth’s beginning. It is nothing new. Left-wing ideologues will have you believe otherwise, but they are only spruiking this narrative for personal and political gain. Schools are not doing students any favours indoctrinating them with the new age religion that is climate change. But they have perpetuated this for years and it is likely to continue.
I can recall several lessons in Year 8 English that consisted of my class being shown An Inconvenient Truth. For those who are not familiar, this was a documentary film in which former US Vice President Al Gore presented what would now be classified as climate alarmism. I remember watching this, seeing the diagrams and simulations being shown, hearing Gore say that it was only a matter of years until sea levels would have risen high enough to swallow up small island nations and large areas around the borders of the United States. I am almost ashamed to say that I fell for that. Looking back on it now seven years later, I can see how illogical that type of thinking was. None of it came to fruition. It was, as is typical of these Left-Wing ideologues, pure fantasy.
Despite feeling like an utter fool for believing this conjecture at the time, I share this anecdote now in the hope that it may make other students, other young people, who have been relentlessly subjected to a system of indoctrination to think again, and to question their beliefs. The story I have told you is a perfect exemplar for the high level of susceptibility of young people, how malleable their minds are. I fell for it, so can you. These people rely heavily on students not thinking for themselves. Independent thought is extremely dangerous to their cause.
In our education systems, students are taught to hate. They are taught to hate anyone who opposes the Left-Wing ideology with which they are indoctrinated. They are taught to hate Conservatives. They are taught to hate capitalism. They are taught to hate free speech. They are taught to hate our democratic nations. US President Donald Trump put it brilliantly when he said during his speech at Mount Rushmore that there have been “decades of Left-Wing indoctrination in schools that teaches students to hate our nation.” This is true not only of the United States, but countries around the world, including Australia. It is unacceptable and must be stamped out of the system if we ever want to return to genuine education.
Now this is not to say that all schools are like this. There are likely some that do not stand for the ideological virus that post-modernists wish to spread throughout the entire education system. Nevertheless, most of the system is infected, with the only cure being a complete overhaul. If we ever want to ensure students are not taken advantage of for political purposes, we must do one of two things: we can either teach them about the views of both sides of the political spectrum in an unbiased fashion, or we leave politics out of education completely. Young people should not be manipulated simply because they are easily led. I am sure that if you showed a young person a video that said their future was in jeopardy because of carbon emissions, they would probably believe you right then and there for two reasons: 1. They are extremely susceptible and would likely have no prior knowledge of this nor conduct research on it, and 2. It gives them the sense that their future is threatened, taking away their hope. Therein lies the cruelty.
It is one thing to indoctrinate someone, but to take away their hope so they will follow you blindly into the abyss is another. It is heartless, it is beyond cruel. Children should not be used as political pawns. They are not minds for you to hijack to further your own agenda. They are innocent human beings who should be afforded the opportunity to have a real education, not a completely political one. They should be taught to love our nations. When it comes to politics, they should be well-informed and be given every opportunity to form their own views.
Education was never supposed to become indoctrination. When I decided to get into journalism, it was for two reasons. The first: we need more good and honest journalists in the world, considering the media has, similarly to the education system, been overrun by Left-Wing ideologues. The second was this: I saw what had been occurring in education, and I wanted to help change it. I wanted to ensure that students would not be taken advantage of by ideologues, but rather be given the chance to think for themselves. I know the system is not going to change easily. But with Professors like Jordan Peterson, with politicians like Mark Latham, and with fellow Conservatives who want to see the skewed system be restored to one that gets back to the basics of education, I know it is possible. This is important not only for current generations, but for future generations too. We must prevent more students from being indoctrinated.
We must put education back into the education system.