Presenting a thoughtful justification for the left in American education, Donald Lazere argues that to teach students rhetoric and critical thinking, key components of a humanist education, educators must discuss and teach students to grapple with the conservative bias in academia, the media, and politics that is considered to be the status quo.
Donald Lazere is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA.
Introduction: The Dilemma of Culture-Wars Polemics: Distinguishing Valuable Originals from Gross Parodies PART I: COUNTERING THE BIAS OF BUSINESS AS USUAL 1. Conservatism as the Unmarked Norm 2. Restricted-Code Conservatism 3. Socialism as a Cognitive Alternative PART II: COUNTERING THE CONSERVATIVE COUNTER-ESTABLISHMENT 4. The Conservative Attack Machine: Admit Nothing, Deny Everything, Launch Counterattack 5. Right-Wing Deconstruction: Mimicry and False Equivalences 6. From Partisan Review to Fox News: Neoconservatives As Defenders Of Intellectual Standards 7. Conservative Culture-War Scholarship: Fair and Balanced? PART III: RESPONSIBLE LEFTIST TEACHING 8. Balancing Commitment and Fairness: Giving Conservatives Their Best Shot 9. A Case Study: Conservative versus Leftist Views on College Costs 10. The Radical Humanistic Canon Conclusion: An Appeal to Conservative Readers