This post originally appeared at CampusReform.org and was written by Abigail Alger:
Van Jones, President Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar,” resigned amid controversy in September 2009. Now he’s re-emerged in the public spotlight at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, and the Princeton University faculty.
Jones will be a distinguished visiting fellow at Princeton’s Center for African American Studies and its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy for the 2010-2011 school year. The position includes instruction, so Jones will teach a class “on race, ecology, and the environment” in spring 2011. (Anyone want to take bets on the syllabus?)
Favored liberal thinkers are often welcomed warmly into academia. Jones is no exception. He’s headed to Princeton because he thinks the “right” way — the far-left environmentalist, we-must-pursue-”green”-jobs way.
Why? Universities have become increasingly concerned with teaching students what to think, not how to form their own conclusions. Jones hasn’t spent his public life analyzing economic and environmental issues as an academic; instead, he’s worked as a tireless advocate for a specific policy agenda. And it’s that policy agenda he’ll be imparting at Princeton next spring.
Think I’m wrong? Find me a free-market thinker, or even just a conservative, who’s been given a cushy academic job after bowing out of public life amid controversy. Good luck.
Instances like this are the reason CampusReform.org features a profile and review section for faculty members. When universities signal their favoritism of a specific political agenda, professors often follow suit pursuing that agenda in the classroom.And when professors start teaching you what to think, students lose out — big time.
Click here to access the faculty database and add a review for a professor at your school. (And yes, reviews can be anonymous or simply under your CampusReform.org username.)
Finally, for those who need a refresher, here’s why Jones had to bow out of the Obama administration.
- In the mid-1990s, Jones was part of a “[California] Bay Area neo-Marxist organization called Standing Together to Orange a Revolutionary Movement.” A local weekly paper described the group’s goal as a “socialist utopia.”
- In 2004, Jones signed a 911Truth.org petition which asked whether President Bush’s administration “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”
- In 2009, Jones referred to Republicans as “a*******” in a political speech in California. Since the incident occurred shortly before his appointment in the Obama administration, it drew significant public attention.