A FEW years ago I enrolled on a politics undergraduate degree course at Sheffield Hallam University. At the time I was a naïve, politically un-opinionated person, and I applied to go on the course really because I was unsure of what else to do. I had studied the subject at A-level at college and found elements of it interesting. There was pressure from my college to push as many students as possible towards university to make its attainment rates look good.
So I went on this course, and I found it a most depressing experience. A group of Left-wing lecturers from the politics and sociology departments used it to indoctrinate students into Left-wing ideology. Virtually all the lecturers were on the hard Left and taught from a completely one-sided perspective whereby they would uncritically promote their own viewpoint and attack or ignore all others. They focused heavily on issues that were of importance to the hard Left at the expense of teaching useful content.
For example, the course contained a module on political ideologies. It was taught by a self-proclaimed anarchist. During this module there was one lecture on conservatism and one on liberalism, and four or five on Left-wing ideologies: socialism, communism, feminism, anarchism, ets, all presented in a completely positive light.
We had a final-year module on anarchism taught by the same lecturer. Apart from being a waste of time learning about a fringe political theory at the expense of more relevant subject matter, the module promoted anarchism as a workable political philosophy while failing to address any criticisms of it.
There was a particularly obnoxious, vocal self-identifying communist on the course. This person’s views would often be reinforced by the lecturers. By contrast the lecturers would argue with students expressing even a moderately centre-right point of view. I found this myself in a seminar when I opposed ‘positive discrimination’ and got into a disagreement with the lecturer who supported it.
That is just the tip of the iceberg. We also had to endure lectures by sociology professors, and I’m not exaggerating when I use the word ‘endure’.
The lecturers pushed the stereotypical well-rehearsed post-modern nonsense that we have come to expect from sociologist pseudo-academics (at least one was an open Marxist). The teaching was centred around the idea that there is no objective reality, instead focusing on perceptions and feelings as a way to understand the world and suggesting that everything is just a ‘social construct’. It focused heavily on race, gender and sexual orientation, and included an entire lecture on the whole ‘race is a social construct’ diatribe.
The worst example of bias I witnessed was on a module titled Europe and the European Union. It was taught by a senior lecturer who was a longstanding Left-wing campaigner. In each lecture he would uncritically espouse the alleged benefits of EU membership, and rubbish any arguments for leaving. The whole module was a pro-EU propaganda course. Even the reading lists consisted solely of pro-EU literature.
He attacked movements opposed to immigration and multiculturalism, characterising them as extremist and ‘far-Right’ (including UKIP). He frequently bashed UKIP in lectures and tried to paint them as an extreme movement, describing them as ‘golf club fascists’. He urged us to vote Labour in the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Elections to prevent UKIP from winning, and stated that if UKIP were to come first in the 2014 European Parliament elections it would represent a ‘failure of democracy’. He suggested opposing immigration and multiculturalism was irrational and based on racism, and concluded that the ideas were supported by people who are ‘poorly educated’ and ‘working class’. The module was a party political broadcast by a member of the Labour Party at the taxpayers’ expense.
If anything, the University’s pro-EU bias seems to have intensified in recent years. It recently launched a project to ‘discuss’ Brexit in the predominately Leave-voting Sheffield suburb of Gleadless Valley.
Overall, by the time students complete their degree, they come out with a distorted, ill-informed view of the world, less able to think critically than when they began. The university fails in its duty towards students, but ultimately the Left-wing lecturers succeed in their ambitions; having indoctrinated students into a certain line of thinking, these students then go on to occupy politically influential positions, where they can themselves propagate this Left-wing ideology and put it into practice. It’s a success for ‘the long march through the institutions’.
The Left-wing bias I witnessed encouraged me to read and research more widely in opposition to what the lecturers were teaching, regretting the decision to have signed up for the degree in the first place. I have since been involved in the Leave campaign in the EU referendum and I set up this website to document my experiences, to expose what is going on and to advise other students not to repeat the mistake of studying at Sheffield Hallam:
Fortunately, information about the Left-wing agenda of the universities is now much more widespread and readily available than it was a few years ago when I was doing my degree. Many people such as Jordan Peterson have been doing an excellent job of documenting this, and most of you will have seen the viral YouTube videos showing campus politics’ most ridiculous and comical manifestations (Trigglypuff anyone? Warning: foul language.)
What can be done? Universities rely on government subsidy, and would be unable to survive in the marketplace if they had to generate their own income, so the obvious suggestion would be for the government to withdraw funding from social science courses. I would encourage people to get in touch with their elected representatives to this effect.