Heritage’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics is busy fighting against the liberal indoctrination in colleges by building a network of conservative professors and providing them with the research and support they need.

We know that in order to win the hearts and minds of the young people in our country we have to train and educate their professors in conservatism. That’s why the Simon Center has created a targeted academic outreach to over 200 professors across the country– getting conservative materials and discussions on students’ syllabi. We are training professors on our founding principles, how to defend the Constitution, and on current conservative thought so that they are equipped to prepare their students to defend the conservative principles this great nation was founded on.

The Simon Center’s main objectives are to:

  • Promote conservatism in a way that connects with people in the 21st century
  • Undermine Progressivism by exposing it’s lies
  • Defend the Constitution and rein in the administrative state
  • Protect free speech by countering it’s main threats

During the year, the Simon Center hosts academic conferences in which 10-20 senior academics from prestigious schools discuss the Center’s research interests, including topics like race relations, the administrative state, and the future of the family. Such conferences help conservative professors think more deeply about these issues and better articulate a worldview based on absolute truth, logic, morality, and the wisdom of history when they return to their campuses and students. These conferences also give professors the confidence to expose the dishonest tactics of their liberal colleagues.

The Simon Center is also combating liberal indoctrination through our exceptional Young Leaders Program.

Thanks to your support, Heritage is able to keep working to turn the tide against liberal indoctrination in higher education.

What do you think are the most effective ways to fight against liberal indoctrination in higher education?

Comments (31)

Carole C Lucca - August 11, 2017

Would be wonderful if everyone on line took the time to listen to speakers from Dennis Prager and on line Hillsdale College.

james best - August 11, 2017

Alumni, conservative staff, donors and “lay people” united in proposing re-visiting tenure arrangements and agreements. Once tenure revision becomes educations policy, re-writing existing tenure arrangements follows new policy agreements. An attempt at changing “educations cultural” direction from “identity politics” to “adroit questioning and research.”

Pete Strand - August 11, 2017

Saturate the Webb with conservative sites.
List 25 to 30 choices for people to st unable over, using different wording, and then link most of those sites to your one or 2 active sites, just to pull more people in.
Have members at every campus to alert and then pull in help as needed.

Enoch B. Thweatt, Jr. - August 11, 2017

A good beginning with the professors, but you need to aim at the Administration, Trustees, and policy makers if they are not included in the first two items. The task is gigantic, to say the least, but Heritage it up to the ttask.

Barbara C Roberts - August 11, 2017

Christian parents who are homeschooling their children need to seriously think about training their children to be able to debate their conservative opinions in public institutions. With early Christian training as a foundation children then would do a great service to enter public high school and attend secular colleges. My grandchildren have done this and they are very comfortable communicating with their adult teachers and are able to offer their views at the college level. Christians need to be able to enter into public discourse and offer alternative solutions to the many social problems that exist in our country. We need to fill the void with healthy choice solutions as well as be able to offer conservative historical rhetoric.

Ken Struttmann - August 11, 2017

I don’t believe that “freedom of Speech” allows anyone to defame any individual, especially the President of the United States. Where does tenure stop and laws and the Constitution take over.

Albert - August 11, 2017

I would love to develop conservative principles in US territory of Puerto Rico, anyway if possible to bring Heritage’s staff and talk about conservative values in our US island !!!

Author Steven Lawrence - August 16, 2017

Hi Albert, thanks for your question.

I’ll reach out to you via email about it!

G. ALLAN BARNES - August 11, 2017

One idea is, give students a choice of conservative or liberal professors, so their grades, free speech rights won’t suffer or have to live in constant fear of speaking out.
I myself foolishly wrote a constitutional conservative paper for an English class, knowing full well that the professor was a liberal – she gave me a D+. The department head couldn’t change my grade, but graded it as a A-.
Another approach would be to eliminate tenure based employment and replace it with merit based employment, that would fix the left’s little red wagon !

stephen palmer - August 11, 2017

wow…That’s a good question. I’ve been watching the campuses go down hill for some time now. Most seem to be a hotbed of progressive liberals (fascists) and I’m not really sure why. It seems to be just a part of whats been going on around the country. The boards the presidents, faculty and a lot of the students have moved away from constitutional beliefs upon which this country was founded. I have to say the problem isn’t just in the colleges. The public school system from K-12 have abandoned civics, history and constitutional study so the kids who are entering college have no background in these things and are ripe for the fascist picking. To go back further there is a lack of good old moral upbringing by the parents. Children grow up by example and so many have a broken family, one parent families, fatherless families, no religious training and the list goes on. So many grow up with no solid roots to anchor themselves too and so shift around like the sands on a beach. The saying “if it feels good, do it” has been the downfall of many many people across our country. As I look at history I have the sinking feeling that we are in the declining years of the Romans. With the help of Heritage and Hillsdale college I hope and pray that we can turn the tide.

Viclif Thomas - August 12, 2017

History will prove that –
1. Good Honest LEADERS
2. POWER OF GOOD MEDIA
are the key for success.
CONSERVATIVES failed in both.

BOBBY E. RICHARDSON - August 12, 2017

STEPHEN PALMER HAS EXCELLENT COMMENTS CONERNING THIS ISSUE. I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THIS POINT OF CONCERN, WE HAVE TO PLACE GOD (NOT RELIGION) AND THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE BACK IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM AT ALL LEVELS. A LARGE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS IN CLASS ROOMS TODAY DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT OUR HERITAGE.

Jerry Metcalf - August 12, 2017

Expose all leftist professors and their lies.

Tony Cusumano - August 12, 2017

Liberals have control of most of the media. While conservatives have a much more logical, reasonable, intelligent message, it does not get out to the public. The libs are constantly bombarding the population with their vague messages of gloom. The media is only too happy to tell people that conservatives want to kill people, cut their benefits, etc. Our message does not get out. We need much more media coverage. Start our own TV network? Publish our own news paper? The word has to get out much more than it is now.

C. S. - August 12, 2017

Get rid of tenure. Use the power of disgusted alumni and constant exposure of bad tenure examples. Printed materials with a “Constitution for Dummies” such as the 5,000 Year Leap, except more factual based. Follow the NRA model of social media, marketing…

Mrs. Phyllis Eix - August 12, 2017

The anti Free Speech administrators and Professors need to be exposed to the light of public scrutiny. Campuses must be restored to the policy of debate and discussion of all pertinent ideas in civil discourse.

Pamela Hart - August 12, 2017

Money talks. Parents and donors need to be aware of what type of institution they are supporting.

Earl H Morgan Jr - August 12, 2017

This issue is critical to our future, and needs much wider/broader exposure, and there are many good thoughts being offered here, especially the idea that you need to also aim at the Administration, Trustees, and policy makers. At the same time, KEEP things POSITIVE, and in your second bullet, lose the word and attitude expressed in your use of the word “UNDERMINE”. Why not “EXPOSE and EDUCATE about the (choose one or more of the following words)
deceit
deception
dishonesty
disinformation
distortion
evasions
fabrications
falsehoods
fictions
inaccuracy
of Progressivism”

Bill Coates - August 12, 2017

Humor and ridicule are the most effective weapons. Also, extrapolating liberal ideas to their logical ends.

Len Fritz - August 12, 2017

I’m with Enoch on this. Professors are a good start, but the institution of liberalism runs deep into the business of higher education; Deans, Trustees, etc. Additionally, we MUST insist on free speech for everyone not just those practicing liberal progressive tyranny.

Ron Dillon - August 12, 2017

It seem to me what you are doing is a step in the right direction.
Please send me the contact information for Nina Owcharenko

J. Michael Clark Sr. (Mike) - August 12, 2017

I’m a ‘Bama graduate, B.S., 1961…am too old to help In a meaningful way hence the contributions! I keep up with the Tides athletics and academics and I’m proud to say that they rand w/ the best in the country in both! I assume they rank with best proffers? and know they have the best coaches! Proud of network of professors and the great
young people that you’re turning out
Keep up the good work.

Margaret Kellner - August 12, 2017

Simple, get Federal government out of our schools. Defund Department of Education. It was created to control education by the government.

Rudy Mannari - August 12, 2017

Educate parents of the dangers to their student children on liberal campuses. The extremist colleges and universities need money to run their propaganda mills and pay their smug pseudo intellectual faculty who prey on naive young minds.

Robert F. Weichsel - August 12, 2017

Postulate having conservative educators so as to mold young minds into a bastion of conservatism that will enure that future leaders are well documented in those beliefs and ideals.

stephen palmer - August 13, 2017

Bobby E. Richardson..I concur with your additions to my comments. My brother and I talk about this frequently and we believe that America has turned it’s back on GOD. I can’t think of anything worse or with worse consequences. Keep up the good work Bobby..

Veda Connolly - August 13, 2017

Excellent that you are training and inspiring conservative teachers and professor’s with the tools they need! My own experience in college was difficult being a conservative with several liberals as professor’s. I got low grades because I didn’t agree with them. Our future generations and the future of our country depends on the proper conservative education of our citizens.

Deb Bamford - August 13, 2017

It should not just be for “higher education”; however there is a word that needs to be taught first in grade-school, all the way through higher education; plus our “elected” leaders, the Administration; every American should have the opportunity to be taught about one word that everyone seems to take for granted; throws around and can at any time has every potential to fade entirely from our country. This word needs to be taught properly, the importance of this word should be the emphasis of teaching at every level; in the diverse departments not only in our government; also in America’s educational/academics. Our county, our world is in such peril of destruction; everyone argues on different levels/opinions/; this one word defines America’s existence or destruction. The word? “FREEDOM”. No one seems to question, research, much less teach that “Freedom” comes with a harsh price; no one wants to face the fact that “Freedom” has to be constantly fought for in many different ways, in various facts of life. “Freedom” is extremely precious, it is fragile, is a delicate gift; a subtle gift that can and is frequently perverted; yet it must always be guarded, must always be protected, must be essentially taught properly because it can too easily be squandered. The only way I can see “Freedom” being taught is through honest guidance from those who understand it’s harsh side; yet understand it is a precious, delicate gift. It not taught properly at a young age through higher academics; this word “FREEDOM”; upon which our country was founded; this word that covers an immense arena of every person’s life will disappear, cease to exist; this one word is something in our vocabulary that I believe Heritage is completely capable of “educating” not only the public; also all levels of learning including the Administration, elected local and federal politicians; this simply word sums up the entire substance of our country; America. Focusing on “Freedom” of “this or that” is not enough. The word needs careful guidance/teaching/researching before all the warnings going on in this country and around our world as we know it will simply disappear; and with it; the conservative values many have fought and died for will forever be gone.

Ann Sharon Pelletier - August 13, 2017

Reintroduce Economics, Critical Thinking, and Business Ethics as a start. Reintroduce these courses by having active business leaders conduct the courses … introduce them onsite learning or online with options to the students to actively participate in the learning process. Become innovative by contacting successful retired business people to put the students through there paces. Rethink tenure …show the impact of new innovative policies that improve campus life as it relates to real life. Helps the learner THINK, apply, pass/fail, and implement their action. How would this impact college endowments? Haven’t a clue … but this liberal indoctrination starts way down the education system … like elementary, middle and high school. If the students don’t have a strong ethical grounding by their parents, their thought process will be in jeopardy and easy targets.

Andy Haraldson - August 13, 2017

1. Provide non-leftist professors with some kind of support–beyond consoling words–when they feel they’ve been denied tenure or full-time jobs due to their political and/or ideological beliefs.

2. Publicly and aggressively challenge post-secondary institutions for hiring predominantly leftist professors. Bring bias suits in federal court. Force post-secondary institutions to hire politically/ideologically representative teaching and research staffs.

Diane Carliner - August 14, 2017

Trying to find and train conservative college professors is an excellent idea. It is said that 92% or so of college professors are liberal. It is disheartening to fork over $65,000 or so a year to send a student to an Ivy League school to listen to liberal indoctrination. If the student disagrees, grades may suffer.

If a student attends a conservative college such as Hillsdale, future employment opportunities may be limited.

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