Penn State Math Course Covers ‘Strong Character’ of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama
Penn State University is offering a new math class: “Finite Mathematics.” The focus of the class? Not algebra, calculus or statistics.
But former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s “strong character.”
The math course, taught by Professor Marc Fabbri also covers “cultural intolerance,” President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Clean Water Act, Campus Reform reports.
Finite Mathematics is designed for non science majors and fulfills a general education requirement. According to the Penn State website, the course is an “introduction to logic, sets, probability.” Yet according to students who took the course last semester, Fabbri is using the math course to proselytize left wing propaganda. An excerpt from a text provided to students by Fabbri presents a favorable review of Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and attributes the former presidents’ political success to their wives. “The emergence of the Tea Party played a central role in the 2008 U.S. presidential election,” the document states. “The victor was Barack Obama, who like Bill Clinton, served as U.S. president for 8 years – the two men guided always by strength of character and force of intellect of First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.” Fabbri also required students to read a document criticizing imperialism which asks them to explain why the following statement is incorrect: “all those who enjoy religious freedom promote cultural toleration.” Take-home tests obtained by Campus Reform primarily contain the Fabbri’s personal political opinions and few math problems. “Over the course of two and a half pages, the professor gives a lengthy account of how he became aware of fracking before asking students to analyze statistics related to fracking violations,” an exam stated, according to Campus Reform. “Fabbri asks students to negate the statement ‘all those who enjoy religious freedom promote cultural toleration” after detailing, for nearly three pages, several academics’ condemnation of imperialism in a section entitled “Imperialism, Hubris and Cultural Intolerance: Threats to Democracy.’” Fabbri is slated to teach three sections of the course this fall. Academic freedom ensures the professor the right to infuse the math course with his personal opinion on politics, a Penn State spokesperson L. Reidar Jenson maintains. The spokesperson, “encourage(d) any student who believes that an instructor has acted beyond the limits of academic freedom to consult the policies and procedures in place for seeking a faculty conference and mediation.”