College Biology Quiz Refers to Trump as a ‘Eugenicist’

Fox News reports a biology professor at Gettysburg College referred to President Trump as a eugenicist in a quiz because, the quiz explained, he thinks “he has good genes,” according to a screenshot obtained by Young America’s Foundation.

YAF’s Kara Zupkus said the submission, obtained through its Campus Bias Tip Line, came from a student in adjunct professor Betty Furster’s introductory biology class during the Spring 2020 semester, the student chose to remain anonymous out of “fear of retribution.”

Students were given a multiple choice question which read “Trump is a ____?”.

If students clicked on “eugenicist” as their answer, they were given a point and provided an explanation that defined the term as “the ‘science’ of human improvement through better breeding.”

“It was discredited in 1939 but Trump thinks he’s smart because his uncle was an MIT professor and healthy because he has good genes – we don’t know if he’s healthy, they haven’t released the results of his last check-up,” the explanation adds. “He’s orange.”

Zupkus reported the other four questions on the quiz were about “actual biology concepts such as pleiotropy, heritability, and twins.”

A spokesperson for the college told FOX News that the school’s Office of the Provost looked into the matter as soon as it was made aware of it.

“Gettysburg College and the instructor both recognize that this incident is inconsistent with our commitment, detailed in our Freedom of Expression Philosophy, to sustain a community in which all members feel their ideas, opinions, and beliefs are respected and protected, even when those ideas are not shared universally,” the spokesperson added. “The instructor has acknowledged it was a mistake in judgment and explained to us that, when a student expressed concern last spring, she apologized.”

 

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2 responses to “College Biology Quiz Refers to Trump as a ‘Eugenicist’

  • How is the reality of adaptive genotypes “debunked”? Traits involving intelligence, temperament and immune system are heretible. How does this professor suppose they evolved?

  • At what point are we as a country going to stand up to these ideologues and say enough is enough?

    Colleges have always trended Liberal, including my Alma Mater, but this crosses the line.

    When such learned individuals practice these tactics it cannot be explained away simply as ‘ignorance’. They know exactly what they are doing.

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