Alas, reality has long since abandoned those who are waging a war on the American educational system. Beck's interlocutor actually compared the "indoctrination" one finds in a typical American college to what one would find at the University of Peking in communist China. Are they for real? Mr. Beck said that liberal professors want a free flow of ideas, so long as the topic is pornography or abortion. I don't think I ever have had an assignment pertaining to abortion, and the only time I've read on pornography was in Feminist Theory, where we examined Catherine MacKinnon's claim that it was a civil rights violation against women. Damn those liberals, corrupting American culture with their strident opposition to pornography! I'm sorry, but if a Zionist hawk who wrote his final paper urging feminist theorists to support more American military interventions abroad can get an "A" from a professor with a UCLA Ph.D specializing in women's roles in Arab liberation movements (and if this same professor offered to give me advice in trying to get one of my other papers published), then I'm not too worried about bias effecting my learning experience.
Beck offered (I assume half-satirically) a "pledge" that college age students could make to their parents. It consists of three parts (I'm paraphrasing from memory):
1) I will be a barrier between liberal ideals and truth.
2) If I am tempted to "the dark side" I will discuss things for at least an hour with my parents.
3) If after an hour I still disagree with my parents, then I will proudly assert my independence with the understanding that they will no longer pay for my tuition.
Gosh, what a contrast! I mean, I'm sure seeing a commitment to free inquiry and open minds present in that pledge that's missing from contemporary academia. Disagree with your parents, get your tuition cut off! That's the way to foster that independent spirit!
I've urged that Carleton attempt to provide more balance in its political alignment, if only to make debates more interesting. And there will always be horror stories that make the news. But folks like Beck are simply talking non-sense in how they portray the general contemporary college climate. Things aren't nearly as bad as they make them out to be. And I honestly think that nearly anyone who actually is present in a mainstream college or university will attest to that.