Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Article: Purdue professor poses no danger

Purdue professor Harry Targ, dangerous?
Targ, a frequent contributor to this page, has made David Horowitz's The ProFessors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America.
Targ comes from the far left, but how can someone be dangerous just for his ideas?
A common fear is that colleges are indoctrinating students with their liberal ideas, and it is a good topic of discussion.
But Targ is not asking his students to follow him mindlessly. He is doing what a professor should do: Foster debate about issues.
You have to hand it to Horowitz. Labeling a professor as "dangerous" is an interesting way to sell books.
This label might be good for Targ as well. It might increase attendance at his classes from students curious to see what the fuss is about.

4 Comments:

Anonymous DJ Moore said...

I have Harry Targ as a professor and I can say as a staunch conservative republican that he is in no way dangerous. From his lectures I could tell he was somewhat left leaning, but he is one of the most objective and fair professors I have ever had at Purdue. He is one of the nicest professors as well and is always willing to help a student regardless of where they stand politically. At no time has he EVER tried to influence students with his ideas nor even expressed them in the hour and fifteen minute lecture twice a week. I've written papers with very heavy conservative views and have gotten A's. This list is wrong.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

I know Harry Targ. I have read Harry Targ. And Harry Targ is no danger. (unless you call people who speak the truth dangerous)

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horowitz is an idiot.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had Targ and I wouldn't say he is completely dangerous, however I do find a problem watching videos that praise Fidel Castro. The videos are very one sided and bias which could leave a student who isn't very much interested in political issues to believe untrue information.

11:41 PM  

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