Introductory psychology textbooks for university students are riddled with factual errors and politically correct nonsense, according to a recent study.
The study, titled “Education or Indoctrination: The Accuracy of Introductory Psychology Textbooks in Covering Controversial Topics and Urban Legends about Psychology,” was published this month by Christopher Ferguson, a professor at Stetson University.
Ferguson analyzed 24 commonly assigned introductory psychology textbooks, and examined how each text handled a number contentious topics, and sought to determine whether the topics were presented in a “fair, comprehensive and accurate” fashion. Topics included “media violence,” “stereotype threat,” “evolution and mating choices,” and others issues related to gender, race, and child development.
Ferguson and his team of researchers found that most textbooks “had difficulty covering controversial areas of research carefully, often not noting scholarly debate or divergent evidence where it existed.” Textbooks often dealt with controversial questions by giving “the answer that is politically correct in the field,” the study found.
“Results indicated numerous errors of factual reporting across textbooks, particularly related to failing to inform students of the controversial nature of some research fields and repeating some scientific urban legends as if true,” Ferguson and his co-authors wrote in the study.
The field of psychology “leans heavily liberal,” Ferguson told Campus Reform. “The result is endemic biases that inevitable reach down into textbooks and make them political statements, not always textbooks.”