Critics have accused academia of subtly indoctrinating students with a liberal agenda for years, but the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency has brought one Pennsylvania political science professor out into the open.
Gettysburg College Prof. Kathleen Iannello announced in an Op-Ed penned for Philly.com that she will not even try to treat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP choice Trump equally because, in her mind, Trump is a lightning rod for promoting further hate.
My approach for the fall semester will be boldly honest: It is a disservice to students to attempt to provide balance when I know that balance is an offense to the truth, Iannello wrote.
In the column, titled Balanced Presentation A Dishonest Exercise In Presidential Race, Iannello admits that, as a liberal,[ she has] no problem extolling the virtues of Democrats.
To prove her fairness, Iannello notes that she has assigned reads of moderate Republican and has even offered kudo for Ronald Reagan. But Trump is another story, she claimed.
His harsh and distasteful commentary regarding religious and ethnic group, as well as girls, only serves as a lightning rod for promoting further dislike, Iannello wrote. He displays neither a record of public service nor increased understanding of the word statesmanship. In the history of our country, it is hard to recall anyone less prepared to take office.
When asked by The College Fix if her posture would be fair to students who might not share her politics, Iannello said it would.
I can assure you that all students will have a voice in my classes, she told the site.
Officials at Gettysburg College said they believe the class will be fair, too.
Its an important part of our mission as a liberal arts institution to ensure that ideas can be shared openly, and we have every confidence that students will be given opportunity to express their views freely in their classes, a spokesperson told the site.
Students who claim to have taken Iannellos class in the past may doubt her they are able to tolerate dissenting opinions.
Professor Iannello means well and is a decent teacher, but she preaches her liberal propaganda style too much in class, read a 2008 entry on Ratemyprofessor.com, adding, she is not open to new ideas and is very closed-minded on her beliefs.
Other entries described her as intimidating if you lean right and a person who gives conservatives a hard time. If youre a right-winger, be prepared to walk into a brick wall when you are enter the classroom, one review states.