I would like to think that this piece in The Sydney Morning Herald was a leg pull. Unfortunately it isn't. The Young Liberals have started a campus witch hunt worthy of Salem.
The black posters started cropping up on university campuses early this month. A gagged, wide-eyed youth stares out from the top corner. "Record biased lecturers," the posters scream. "Scan biased textbooks. Report incidents of bias. Education. Not Indoctrination."---
"Lecturers and tutors are brazenly forcing students to agree with their political or ideological views and we want to catch them doing it," Noel McCoy, president of the Young Liberals, told reporters at the recent launch of the campaign.
Collating evidence of bias is the first step before asking the university senate to conduct an inquiry, McCoy says.
Ah, conservative uni students. Those poor (only a figure of speech because those coming from true comparative poverty rarely progress to higher education) deluded souls who always kick and buck when their own inherited world views are even mildly challenged.
This quadrangle tantrum would be barely tolerable if most were attending lectures in the pursuit of knowledge and informed debate, but all they are chasing is that piece of paper which allows them entry into a lucrative profession.
Modern professions of course demand a demonstrable degree of conformity of thought or practice to gain entry to what is sometimes almost a closed shop, so before Noel McCoy begins to make some tutor's life miserable he might like to consider the possibility that he is/was at university to be 'trained'.
Mr. McCoy would be the first to cry foul if he found the university hadn't provided him with this guild handshake.
Any knowledge or exploration of ideas that may come a student's way in pursuit of a degree are icing on the cake and deeper exploration of any subject must ultimately be on his/her own initiative.
Oh so earnest Young Liberals, here's the reality - you are not brighter than the average bear, you possess no unique pearls of wisdom, neither are you in some way special. You just happen to be there.
So try to at least leave your alma mater as you found it - still attempting to hold its head above the black pall created by Joe McCarthy's putative heirs and John Howard's tertiary education funding parsimony.