An International studies lecturer at Iowa State University is under scrutiny for requiring students taking his course to write an essay giving Al-Qaeda’s and Islam’s point of view for the attacks on 9/11.
According to a College Fix article, “The assignment is part of an International Studies course taught by lecturer James Strohman, who’s taught multiple political science and public administration courses at Iowa State over the years.”
Fox reportedCollege Fix obtained a copy of the assignment which states:
“Write a paper that gives a historical account of 911 from the perspective of the terrorist network. In other words, how might Al-Qaeda or a non-Western historian describe what happened.”
The assignment further states, “There is no correct answer here, Don’t worry about the fact you don’t agree with the terrorists, the point of the exercise is to consider completely different perspectives.”
Is Strohman suggesting the attacks were not wrong and asking his students’ to write a paper supporting his personal opinion, one which sympathizes and supports terrorism? If there is no right or wrong answer to the essay question, then why not allow the students to write about the actual facts of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history and then reflect their own personal opinion?
Should not the academic approach to a class such as Stroham’s focus on the facts leading up to the event, the event itself and the aftermath? Should it not be followed by discussion on student’s ideals as to how to prevent terrorist attacks as future potential diplomatic leaders and heads of state?
Stroham tells his students to “think outside the box,” when writing the assignment, but thinking “outside the box” requires no restrictions or limitations to consider, which is a type of thinking in direct conflict with the Stroham’s assignment. Stroham restricts students from “thinking outside of the box” with his restrictive, biased and one sided essay requirements.
Stroham, a Progressive Democrat, appears to be very popular among the students for his relaxed and easy class requirements in which students are not mandated to attend. According to comments on, former students have an overwhelming shared opinion of Stroham’s class being an “easy A” and “GPA booster” class.
“Just follow the book,” some students posted in comments on the site. What are the contents of this “book” is a question that needs to be asked and answered? After all, many “academic” textbooks in the education system today have been exposed to be shockingly false in actual facts of history while promoting a Marxist globalist view of the world.
What has happened to collegiate academic standards? The purpose of the university system is to expand educational and research opportunities in order to better prepare students for the challenges of the future. It’s also supposed to inspire future leaders and innovators and, in the case of international studies, the future diplomatic and government leaders whose political idealisms and actions will have a direct impact on the success or failure of a nation and its citizens.
Why would Stroham require his students to take an “academic” approach to sympathize with Al-Qaeda and other anti-American terrorist organizations? What kind of political “idealism” is he teaching to these students? Is this just one more instance of many large scale events in the education system to indoctrinate and brainwash students into accepting Islam and Sharia law as a legitimate social and legal system one “progressives” seek to US law recognition and practices?
Is Stroham promoting an American hating agenda?
Or, like other far left progressives, is Stroham using this type of dangerous indoctrination as one more “means to an end,” tactic? Is it meant to turn students against their own government in exchange for the ultimate goal of globalization in which the masses will be enslaved into the servitude of a few elitists?
Who is Stroham and what is his history and credentials to be “lecturing” students? Little is found on the “professor” who has taught at the university for more than a decade. College Fix reported, other than having ties to the Democratic party, Stroham was a former member of the Story County Board of Supervisors, and currentof the Iowa Employment Appeal Board.
Do these two positions qualify him as an expert in international studies since neither position appears to have anything to do with international diplomacy or politics? What are Stroham’s educational credentials, where did he go to college and who are his “associates,” past and present? What was the subject of this college thesis paper?
Does not the public have a right to know this information given the influences he enacts over students?
Stroham did not return calls to defend or explain his assignment which seems to be the norm with liberal college professors promoting their far left agendas and indoctrination of young minds. “Progressive” Alinsky followers have usurped the education system and more specifically at the college level of academia.
They have promoted and adapted students to an immoral and unethical political idealism that the “means justifies the end;” teaching “fake facts” and false revisionist history through a curriculum designed to indoctrinate and corrupt future generations of leaders.
A dangerous “idealism” with a goal of dissolving the U.S., and the Constitution. They are also seeking to eliminate all national borders and identities through radical 60s leaders Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorne tactics of chaos, destructive rioting and violence.
There is a reason why Ayers and Dohrn (now husband and wife) chose the education system for their careers after being given a free pass on murder charges due to an alleged “technically.” Both have held very powerful and influential positions in the education system, including Ayers sitting on boards that evaluate which “textbooks” are “suitable” for use in the public education system.
Ayers and Dorne, whom are unapologetic about their past illegal radical actions and their Marxist idealisms, have embraced on of the top priorities of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals to overthrow the government: Take control of the education system. It’s a goal the “progressives” have been very successful at achieving by implementing the same methods used by Hitler in his indoctrination of the youth of Germany with his “Brown Shirt” and “education” policies.
And who is funding Stroham and all far left anti-American activists teaching our children? Parents and the taxpayers. Iowa State University is a public school whose funding comes largely through tax supported programs supported by the US Department of Education and the oversight of state regency boards whose members are largely far left “progressives.”
President Trump, as one of his many proposed cuts to the federal budget, wants to eliminate the Dept. Of Education; returning the money and oversight back to the state and local levels, where according to the Constitution it belongs. GOP leaders have entered a bill to dissolve the overreaching gorilla-sized federal agency used for far left propaganda and indoctrination in the schools.
Yet the bill seems to have been put on the back burner while GOP leaders are giving their full attention to eliminating Obamacare and coming up with a replacement healthcare law. They have had eight years to consider and come up with a alternative healthcare law but failed to do so and now are scrambling like chicken’s with their heads cut off while the healthcare system bleeds out bright red losses and cost increases.
Perhaps lawmakers should use a little better foresight by cutting off the head of the poisonous snake in one quick fatal blow before worrying about plucking the feathers off the dead chicken.
After all, what are the roots of Obamacare and from where did it develop? Like most far left programs and policies, the education system.
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