CON­SER­VA­TIVE AU­THORS AB­SENT FROM SCHOOL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Young Amer­ica’s Foun­da­tion re­veals that con­ser­va­tive-themed books are no­tice­ably ab­sent from “re­quired read­ing pro­grams for in­com­ing col­lege fresh­men na­tion­wide.” The 45-year-old con­ser­va­tive col­lege group pored over the fresh­man read­ing lists at 50 leading cam­puses to find that “no con­ser­va­tive books were as­signed to in­com­ing stu­dents” — over the past three years. The re­quired read­ing, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said, dwelled on such lib­eral topics as fem­i­nism, so­cial­ism and wealth re­dis­tri­bu­tion. The foun­da­tion it­self sup­ports in­di­vid­ual free­dom, a strong na­tional de­fense, free en­ter­prise, and tra­di­tional val­ues.

Con­cerned par­ents, mean­while, might want to con­sult a few of their rec­om­men­da­tions for the young and rest­less. Among help­ful ti­tles, they say: “Free to Choose” by Mil­ton Fried­man, “At­las Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, “The Road to Serf­dom” by Friedrich von Hayek, “I Am Char­lotte Sim­mons” by Tom Wolfe, “Scratch Be­gin­nings: Me, $25, and the Search for the Amer­i­can Dream” by Adam Shep­ard; “Chi­nese Girl in the Ghetto” by Ying Ma, and “Lib­erty and Tyranny” by Mark Levin.

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