What’s next? An assignment sympathetic to Hilter?
This Professor set an assignment for his class in order to broaden the horizons of his students to a perspective VERY different from their own.
In typical Leftist fashion, the topic chosen reinforces Academia’s own Anti-American prejudices and acquaints the students with reasons that America should be considered hateful.
A recent assignment in an international studies course at Iowa State University asked students to write a historical account of the 9/11 terrorist attacks from the perspective of Al-Qaeda.
“Write a paper that gives a historical account of 911 from the perspective of the terrorist network. In other words, how might Al-Qaeda or a non-Western historian describe what happened,” stated the assignment, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix.
“Don’t worry about the fact you don’t agree with the terrorists, the point of the exercise is to consider completely different perspectives,” the assignment adds.
A university spokesman told The Fix the assignment doesn’t diminish the “tragic events” of 9/11 and equates the essay prompt to work undertaken by America’s diplomatic and intelligence agencies.
The assignment is part of an International Studies course taught by lecturer James Strohman, who’s taught multiple political science and public administration courses at Iowa State over the years.
The assignment aimed to view history from “different contexts.”…
…According to the course’s syllabus, the goals of the class include teaching students about globalization and “to develop a basic understanding of broad contemporary themes of the world. Among these are issues involving the environment, economies, technology, communication, socio-cultural change and conflict.”
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Here is the text of the assignment in full:
The first chapter discusses history in a variety of contexts (good history, various theories, lessons of history.)
Let’s focus on the 911 terrorist attack and how it might be interpreted differently by different people around the world. For this exercise, you have to “get out of the box” of our thinking about what happened on 911 and view it from a completely different perspective. While this may seem difficult to do, it is merely an exercise on how different people, cultures, and historical perspectives may actually be.
Write a paper that gives a historical account of 911 from the perspective of the terrorist network. In other words, how might Al-Qaeda or a non-Western historian describe what happened. Use your imagination and make it as interesting as you like. There is no correct answer here, just your ability to look at what we consider a heinous action from other perspectives. Don’t worry about the fact that you don’t agree with the terrorists, the point of the exercise is to consider completely different perspectives. For this paper only, the minimum is only 500 words because it is a little different and it’s the first week.
Of course it sparked outrage on social media:
Can you imagine the uproar within Academia if the assignment were, say “write an account of history from George Soros’ perspective as a Jewish Nazi collaborator, participating in the murder of other Jewish families?
Or the perspective of a black shop owner in Ferguson who’s life and livelihood was destroyed in the riots? Ditto the baker who’s family business was politicized by a weaponized LBGT movement.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could give the Professor an assignment. Maybe to write a hypothetical account about a young teen girl in a public school being brutalized by two adult illegal immigrants.
Or an account of a law-abiding protester whose freedom of speech and assembly were destroyed by Leftist activists with bullhorns and Molotov cocktails… injuring and throwing bodily fluids on people who dared hold a different political opinion.
Or — more to the point — the account of a University student with traditional conservative views on America, Faith and Family who were seen as an enemy to be destroyed by a hostile academia that never left their political bubble.
Yeah. Maybe they could write that LAST one before they get on their high horse and lecture the rest of us about ‘diversity’.