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National Review encourages collegiate giving clubs

Collegiate giving clubs are a way for donors to boost the impact of their largesse and to steer the dollars toward favorite projects.

This week, the National Review announced formation of its own Collegiate Giving Clubs. The goal, according to a dedicated Web site, is to help readers of the conservative journal to support "teaching and courses that reflect the positive aspects of American history, the importance of free markets to wealth creation and the elimination of poverty, and the significance of Judeo-Christian and Western achievements."

There are persistent claims of liberal bias at America's universities. This site is predicated on the notion that, if Review readers donate money without strings attached, it could well fund initiatives that reflect liberal values.

On a similar note ...

Conservative students at the University of Virginia announced the successful introduction of a course called American Conservatism in the 20th Century, to acquaint students with "the principles and history of the conservative movement."

It's part of an initiative called Conservatism 101, a project of U-Va.'s Burke Society and the Leadership Institute, both ideologically conservative groups, tailored to "help students and professors introduce courses at their schools," according to a release.

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By Daniel de Vise  | October 8, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  Development, Pedagogy  | Tags:  Conservatism 101, National Review, college giving clubs, conservatism on campus, liberal bias in higher education  
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Good. I think Conservatism 101 classes provide important information on our polity and America's history.

Further, I think they provide an important balance to classes on the Progressive movement and American Political Development (which are usually of a liberal persuasion since inherit to a study of American exceptionalism is the question: Why isn't America like other Western Democracies).

The conservative movement, whether you are a part of it or not, is one of the most important political developments in America over the past 30 years.

Progressives would greatly benefit from taking a course on conservative - not because it would change their ideology - but rather because it would provide a greater understanding of the ideological constraints in which modern politics operate.

Certainly, one could not hope to understand why Obama abandoned such provisions as a public-option in his health care proposal without understanding the rise of the conservative movement post Goldwater.

Posted by: elcartero | October 8, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Funny and a tad bit ironic, but the leader of the Leadership Institute, Morton Blackwell, has never been to college. In today's tea party climate it should come as no surprise that someone who has never been to college should lead the charge to teach conservatism there.

What's next for their organization, classes teaching Intelligent Design? I have nothing against teaching some sort of history of conservatism within a political science department, but what bugs me about this project is that it's developed by an outside group who wants to keep it's contents secret. My wife teaches women's studies, develops the courses on her own and would be more than willing to give you a copy of her syllabus from any class, but Conservatism 101's website states:

"Conservatism 101 is committed to working with students and professors to craft coursework that work for them, and syllabi templates may be altered or modified based on client’s desires. However, all syllabi and resources offered by Conservatism 101 is for their express use of conservative coursework and are not for public distribution."

Clients? What kind of lazy professor lets a group tied to the Republican party write their course materials?

Posted by: cheesegypsy | October 9, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

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