As the fall semester starts, I face the somewhat vexing problem of convincing many students that what they have learned is mostly wrong.
Unlike some of my colleagues, I try to keep my political views out of the classroom.
In my media law class, for example, we talked about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, starting with term, “Borked.” It is somewhat ironic that Anthony Kennedy replaced Robert Bork as a nominee, and Cavanaugh will replace Kennedy.
Fortunately, the sound and the fury the Democrats mustered won’t stop Cavanaugh from getting to the prestigious bench. But I tired to tamp down the nonsense that the Democrats have put forward.
The class will analyze the role of a “free and responsible press”—something I hope they will take with them whether they go into journalism or not.
In my international reporting class, we discussed the role of immigration in American society—a topic the media and the Democrats have managed to muddle badly.
For example, I explained the various paths to temporary and permanent visas and the appropriate way to citizenship.
We analyzed the various immigrants who come to the United States and Philadelphia. I asked what is the largest group of immigrants coming to the city. The answer: China.
This week’s topic is terrorism. Unbeknownst to them will be what many conservatives know: the war on terrorism has been effective. Al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State are unable to mount any significant attacks against U.S. citizens and interests outside of the country.
I hope that the students will get some useful information from my years in the Middle East and China without the defeatist political slant they’ve heard elsewhere.
As always, it will be an interesting ride. It’s time to buckle up!