Viral Law Professor's Message to First-Year Students: You've Been 'Dis-Educated, Indoctrinated'
An Alabama professor is using some unique tactics to "undo the dis-education of millennials."
Adam MacLeod, an associate professor at Faulkner University's Jones School of Law, made headlines in a recent essay entitled, "Undoing the Dis-Education of Millennials," in which he laid out his message to incoming pupils.
"Before I can teach you how to reason, I must first teach you how to rid yourself of unreason. For many of you have not yet been educated. You have been dis-educated. To put it bluntly, you have been indoctrinated," MacLeod said to first-year law students in his Foundations of Law course.
On "Fox & Friends," MacLeod explained that he told his students he is not interested in how they feel about subjects, but how they think.
To that end, he instituted some ground rules in his classroom, including banning words that end in "ism" or "ist," like “classism,” “sexism,” “materialist” or "racist.”
"What I object to is the use of labels to end the conversation and to avoid thinking critically about important questions," MacLeod said.
Another rule in his classroom is that if a student uses the words “fair,” “diversity,” or “equality,” or a variation on those terms, they must demonstrate that they understand the view that they are criticizing before they are allowed to speak in class again.
He explained that he doesn't want students using terms as a crutch to avoid ideas that they may find disagreeable.
Also, if a student ever begins a statement with the words “I feel” in MacLeod's classroom, before continuing they must cluck like a chicken or make another animal sound.
"I'm training lawyers here, and lawyers make arguments. Arguments consist of propositions and facts, or in other words, reasons," MacLeod said. "And reasons don't always care how we feel about them. Reasons are what they are."
"What I really want my students to do is aspire to learn and seek truth."
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