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Bryan Preston


February 17, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Progressive academics just don’t see anyone else as human.

A University of South Carolina textbook has one student whistleblower outraged over its accusations that President Ronald Reagan was sexist and conservatives view people as incapable of “charity” and “lazy.”

The textbook, obtained by Turning Points USA Founder Charlie Kirk, was authored by Karen K. Kirst-Ashman and used for the three credit course “Introduction to Social Work Profession and Social Welfare.

The mandated reading includes sections such as “Conservative Extremes in the 1980’s and Early 1990’s,” which claims Reagan “ascribed to women primarily domestic functions’ and failed to appoint many women to significant positions of power during his presidency.”

Anna Chapman, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, told Campus Reform “I can not even tell you how angry I was when I read that.”

The excerpts sent to Campus Reform make no mention of Reagan’s appointment of Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice; his appointment of the first female U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick; Elizabeth Dole, the first female appointed to Secretary of the Department of Transportation; or that over 1,400 women were chosen by Reagan to fill powerful, policy-making positions.

The book accuses conservatives of taking a “negative view of human nature” and says that rich people see having less rich people as “useful.” It’s progressive propaganda.

This story will take one of two tracks. The university will hide behind “academic freedom” and do nothing, or it will claim to be shocked! by its contents and remove it from classrooms…only to return it once the dust settles. Other universities will lay low, hoping that the world doesn’t learn that the same book is being used on their campuses too.


Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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> The book accuses conservatives of taking a “negative view of human nature”

I think we do have a more negative view of human nature than do liberals. Placing your faith in the goodness of man will always have disastrous consequences, and conservatives are here for the purpose of saying, "Told ya."
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Karen K. Kirst-Ashman doesn't seem to have a web page.

Barnes and Noble doesn't list either ISBN number.

But she won an excellence in teaching award ... in 1986.

Book's publisher Cengage Learning is some kind of small academic/vanity press:

Cengage Learning is a publisher of print and digital information services for the academic, professional and library markets, and sells textbooks, educational software, and training programs. It was created in 2007 from Thomson Learning after Thomson Corporation sold that division to a private equity consortium. Cengage Learning filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 2, 2013.

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Odd. I distinctly remember conservatives during Reagan's two terms being accused of relying on charity to assist the poor instead of the government.
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*conservatives view people as incapable of “charity”*

And yet it's Liberals who demand and take our money for charity's sake.
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Is there anyone left really wondering how the country got into the state it is?

This isn't education - it's indoctrination, and we've lost generations now to it's effects as minds full of mush are hardened by academia against common sense.
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