Video: LSU Professor Mocks, Berates Students for Conservative Views
November 17, 2010
10:30 AM CDT
Arlington, VA – CampusReform.org, a network of conservative and libertarian student activists, acquired video of a Louisiana State University astronomy professor who seated students by their political views on global warming in class and then openly mocked conservative students. The first of three videos was released today.
In the video, Professor Bradley Schaeffer tells students who support limited government regulation for global warming that “blood will be on your hands” because of their political opinions.
As part of the coursework, the professor asked the students who favored no or limited government response to global warming this question in writing:
“Your professed policies have a substantial likelihood of leading to the death of a billion or more people. (A) Estimate the probability that you personally will be killed in an ugly way because of your current decision? (B) What is the probability that any children of yours will die in ugly ways due to your current decision?”
Schaeffer later compares deaths from European heat waves to the deaths of Americans who died on September 11. “Now remember, how many people got killed on 9/11 he says to the class. What was it? One thousand? Two thousand? Something like that. Three thousand, whatever. It’s [9/11] dwarfed by this [heat waves]. Why aren’t people reacting?”
The first video is available on CampusReform.org.
The video was taken through the Leadership Institute’s National Field Program, which sends field representatives to support conservative and libertarian students at colleges across the country each fall. The video and accompanying story were then posted on CampusReform.org, a project of the Leadership Institute.
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Dr. Schaefer’s views on the subject were well-known. At one point in class, the professor compares deaths from European heat waves to American deaths in the September 11 terrorist attacks: “Now remember, how many people got killed on 9/11? What was it? One thousand? Two thousand? Something like that. Three thousand, whatever. It’s dwarfed by this. Why aren’t people reacting?”
His class seating chart, which ranged from “US should do nothing” to “mandatory birth control” and “eliminate all engines,” seemed—to one student—“an opportunity for our teacher to openly mock” right-leaning students in class.
Students who chose a limited government response to global warming were given this question to answer: “Your professed policies have a substantial likelihood of leading to the death of a billion or more people. (A) Estimate the probability that you personally will be killed in an ugly way because of your current decision? (B) What is the probability that any children of yours will die in ugly ways due to your current decision?”
Dr. Schaeffer later asks a student representative to read the question aloud and provide his answer. But the professor interrupts him: “You are going to be accountable for this! Screwing around with the science results is stupid...Screwing with the science is wrong. You’re an ostrich putting your head under the sand.” Others have to ask the professor to allow the student to continue speaking.
As the class laughs with the professor, the student asks to read his arguments. As the student proceeds, the professor laughs, shakes his head, rolls his eyes, and mocks the response as the entire class watches him. Watch the first video in a three-part series above. Share your thoughts in the comments and then share this video with your families and friends—especially those who love LSU or help pay for it as Louisiana citizens.
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ICECAP Note: I have a number of examples. I in the last 5 years have given several college talks on Climate Change. They were generally very well received although I was challenged in one by an Environmental Professor who was clearly nervous his students were hearing things he had not taught them. In one class, a student stood up after my lecture and said he was mad...not at me but at his school to which he pays a hefty tuition. He said in a class on science and climate change, he heard none of the facts I presented about issues with the temperatures, about urban heat island and the natural variability caused by the oceans, sun. and volcanism and felt he was not getting his money’s worth.
I know in another large college, a former colleague who has taught a course on weather and climate for a decade. He presents a balanced picture on Climate Change. His department head though told him he can no longer talk about climate, because he was confusing his students by presenting non AGW arguments. In another example at a large University, a proposal for a very fair and balanced course was rejected by the environmentalist professors on the committee even as another professor reacted “lucky students”. This I am sure is happening everywhere as the Universities battle for a part of the huge largesse from the corrupted NSF, funds, NGOs and other grant sources. Honest teachers are being suppressed or purged. When professors bring in the bacon but get caught, (Wang at SUNY, Mann at PSU, Jones at East Anglia) the universities whitewash the cases in sham investigations. Hopefully this will begin to change. Meanwhile, any stories you have please write the campus reform group or pass it on to Icecap at firstname.lastname@example.org.