The cruelest joke on Temple students is the administration’s illusion of intellectual freedom. But how can such a fundamental component of a university be illusory?
Temple boasts of its diverse student body from all 50 states and the globe, proudly voicing that when looking out onto campus, they see the world. The administration’s narcissistic celebration of diverse racial and ethnic groups has ironically turned Temple into a spectacle, with one of the most bigoted, unilaterally racist, biased administrations in the country.
Regardless of its just-for-show mission, Temple doesn’t celebrate diversity of thought. Such a celebration is a threat to their version of “intellectual freedom,” which was ripped out from the 1960s radical agenda-for-change. Temple celebrates–as if it were some infantile competition to the finish line–the numbers of different skin colors and shapes of faces, for these two are easy to exploit. Unadulterated intellectual freedom, however, counters their elitist, so-called “diverse,” socially just curricula, which students should just accept because radicals know what is better for us, their intellectual prisoners.
However, what good is the celebration of diverse racial and ethnic groups when Temple suppresses–if not completely omits–intellectual freedom? Temple prioritizes racist values over the enrichment that, with no agenda, diversity of thought offers.
To Temple, we students are impressionable pawns, whose minds they systematically manipulate, exposing us to select resentment-driven aspects of America’s past and present, channeled through their personal biases, which they present as matter-of-fact. This is indoctrination and they aren’t embarrassed to promote and perpetuate it.
It is easy to fall victim to subtle indoctrination. I did. It wasn’t until months after I had founded the first version of Temple University Students for Intellectual Freedom that I realized I had unwittingly written within our mission Marxist lingo and Liberation Theology rhetoric, both of which are anti-American, anti-prosperity and progress, but very much champions of institutional strength and manipulation through ignorance and naiveté.
Temple radicals should not use our classrooms as their political platforms to dictate what and how we should think. The declaration on the Principles of Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure declared in 1915 that the teacher “should, above all, remember that his business is not to provide students with ready-made conclusions, but to train them to think for themselves, and to provide them access to those materials which they need if they are to think intelligently.”
Alvaro Watson, President
Students for Intellectual Freedom