Why not cater to the students, maybe they will get paid to be UFO researchers…
Polaris Career Center has been teaching teens and adults from Northeast Ohio for decades how to repair automobiles, whip-up culinary delights, operate heavy machinery and navigate the latest computer software programs.
Oh yes, and offers this: A class that purports to provide proof that aliens have visited Earth.
Its new three-hour class “will give you documented information from 1957 about aliens who visited President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon,” reads the course description in Polaris’s current adult education catalog. “During the visit they lived on this earth and interacted with people for three years near the Pentagon.”
The class instructor is Peggy Muraco, who also teaches classes at Polaris about UFOs, dating, and understanding PayPal, eBay and website design.
Polaris spokesman Doug Miller said the alien class and some other unusual offerings are paid for entirely through class fees, not tax dollars. He said the classes draw students who otherwise might not visit the center or discover career-training classes in cosmetology and medical coding, among others.
The center also advises people to connect with angels and reading Tarot cards in other classes.
Of course the center does not see any foul in these classes, referring to them as harmless. Well, in a country where a quarter of the population believes aliens have visited Earth, giving a class where people can feel vindicated in their beliefs with shoddy evidence, is not exactly harmless. Polaris are also quick to note that these classes are paid for with class fees and are not subsidized with tax dollars. But that they are under the auspices of a learning institution gives them undue credibility.
While Polaris offers a wide array of adult based classes, a lot of which are job and career oriented, they also do offers quite a bit of flimsy, anti-intellectual classes, like the UFO class, “Dreaming with the Moon,” “Connecting with Your Angels,” and “Past Life Reflection.”
This sort of feel-good edutainment “education” is common across the country.