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Indoctrination, Not Education: Rampant Radicalism in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Chapter 1 - The Sad Saga of Dori Kozloff

Chapter 2 - GSEIS - A Closer Look

Chapter 3 - Par for the Course(s)

Chapter 4 - Coloring the Definition of Diversity

Chapter 5 - Sandra Harding

Chapter 6 - Peter McLaren

Chapter 7 - Daniel Solorzano

Chapter 8 - Clara Chu

Chapter 9 - Take Action

















Indoctrination, Not Education: Rampant Radicalism in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

By Andrew Jones
9/8/06
Chapter 8
The GSEIS Professoriate - Clara Chu

    Just as adamantly Freirean and race-obsessed in her own way is Information Studies professor Clara Chu.  A self-described “Peruvian-born Chinese-Canadian residing in the US,” Chu’s unlikely background is paired with an unlikely intellectual outlook.  Front and center on her homepage is her proud declaration:

 
    “Inspired by the educator Paulo Freire, I strive to eradicate the ‘culture of silence’ created when individuals are oppressed by information practices/systems that deny them access and representation.”[i]

 
    It’s helpful at this point to take a step back and remember that information studies is essentially library science on pep pills.  There is of course always room for improvement in organizing information, preserving it, and making it available to the public, and Information Studies can be a major part of that effort.  But in the end, there’s no room for creating a Freirean/Marxist political passion play in the organization or presentation of book shelves, library catalogs or the Lexis-Nexis news database.  That Clara Chu would dedicate herself to fighting such imaginary “oppression” in the field, and that GSEIS would consider this to be a legitimate scholarly enterprise making her worthy of hiring and eventual tenure, is all too typical of a school that long ago gave itself over to extremism. 

 
    Unfortunately, the GSEIS faculty list goes on like this in depressing detail – Freireanists, diversity devotees and garden-variety radicals too numerous to mention.  The case of Dori Kozloff has helpfully opened a window into the operations of one (but certainly not the only) radical school at UCLA.  But rather than merely complaining about the situation, our focus as alumni and supporters of the university must be on finding solutions to the problem. 


[i] www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/chu/