College professors and administrators have faced mounting criticism in recent years over the perceived left-wing indoctrination of impressionable students.
One prominent philosophy professor recently revealed, however, that he no longer wants to be a part of that trend.
“The conditions for rigorous thought”
According to the Washington Examiner, Peter Boghossian resigned from his position at Portland State University this week and explained his reasons in an open letter to Susan Jeffords, the university’s provost.
The professor laid out his own vision for what the role of an educator should be, explaining that it no longer aligned with his job description.
“I never once believed — nor do I now — that the purpose of instruction was to lead my students to a particular conclusion,” he wrote.
As Boghossian noted, he “sought to create the conditions for rigorous thought” in his lessons as part of an effort to help students “gain the tools to hunt and furrow for their own conclusions.”
Although that was his motivation for becoming an educator, he complained that “brick by brick, the university has made this kind of intellectual exploration impossible.”
“The university’s truth-seeking mission”
He criticized the institute for eschewing its status as “a bastion of free inquiry” in favor of becoming “a Social Justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division.”
As a result, he said Portland State students “are not being taught to think” but are instead “being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues.”
Boghossian explained that it has become an environment in which he no longer feels comfortable teaching, asserting: “Faculty and administrators have abdicated the university’s truth-seeking mission and instead drive intolerance of divergent beliefs and opinions. This has created a culture of offense where students are now afraid to speak openly and honestly.”
For its part, the university made it clear that it does not agree with his criticism.
In a statement to the Examiner, Portland State insisted that it “has always been and will continue to be a welcoming home for free speech and academic freedom” and believes “that those practices are not in conflict with our core institutional values of student success; racial justice and equity; and proactive engagement with our community.”