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Is university as open to ideas as it should be?

Posted: May 19, 2011 - 3:11pm

We are often told Universities/Colleges are places for thinking outside the box. People believe this is encouraged and we should hear from all sides of all issues.

Last fall I was contacted by an instructor from Kenai Peninsula College. This instructor heard, from one of his students, about my Constitutional stand against the IRS and not filing with them since 1991, so he gave me a call. It was a great conversation and he invited me to speak to his class. He said he would get back with me. He never did. Perhaps, my thinking outside the box was not acceptable by the powers that be, at KPC.

This spring KPC Anthropology Professor Alan Boraas invited a friend of mine and I speak to his class, regarding our faith and how it relates to the Second Amendment. We were well received by the students and professor. At the end of class I thanked the professor for the speaking opportunity. He told me, Universities/Colleges were all about presenting all sides of all issues. Some weeks later he wrote a scathing opinion in a couple of Alaska's newspapers attacking my faith system. Perhaps, my thinking, outside the box was not acceptable by the powers that be, at KPC.

Mayor Carey has been thinking outside the box in an attempt to balance the borough budget. He presented the idea of borough budget cuts for KPC. There is civil discourse with public protest. The Mayor, right or wrong, thought outside the box in an attempt to cut borough expenses.

I understand, after almost two decades of teaching political science at KPC, Mayor David Carey's teaching contract was not renewed. Perhaps, his thinking outside the box was not acceptable by the powers that be, at KPC.

The next time someone tells you Universities/Colleges are places for thinking outside the box, don't you believe it. They are places to mold the minds of future generations to stay inside the box.

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