Category Archives: Pearson

The Value of a College Education

What is the value of a college education when the ideology of “superior race” is being taught and tested in Minnesota?
I received an interesting e-mail from an Augsburg college student. We all know that college texts ought to stretch one’s mind. However in this case, the student is questioning inclusion.   The student finds himself in a rather lonely position, as none of the other students speak up either out of fear or ignorance.  The book in question is “Essentials of Sociology” published by Pearson. Essentials of Sociology “advocates human cloning to advance “superior” traits and suggests that the only problem may be socially constructed familial relationships to the cloned individuals.”
“You might have heard people object that cloning is immoral. But have you heard the opposite, that cloning should be our moral choice? Let’s suppose that mass cloning becomes possible. Let’s also assume that geneticists trace great creative ability, high intelligence, compassion, and a propensity for peace to specific genes. They also identify a genetic base for the ability to create beautiful poetry, music, and architecture; to excel in mathematics, science, and other intellectual pursuits; even to be successful in love. Why then, should we leave human reproduction to people who have inferior traits — genetic diseases, low IQs perhaps even the propensity to be violent? Shouldn’t we select people with the finer characteristics to reproduce — and to clone?” (Essentials of Sociology, page 105)
Historically, does this remind you of another time and place?