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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Newsflash: Professors Mostly Liberal!
by Bonjo
The following headline on the Washington Post made me laugh out loud:

College Faculties A Most Liberal Lot, Study Finds
I'm sure that came as news to the folks that write for the Post. There are, of course, other headlines that are far more newsworthy that the Post could have run:

"Most People Believe World is Round"

"Bill Clinton Re-Elected in 1996"

"President Bush a Republican, Recent Study Shows"

However, the article did put some numbers on what those of us with brains have always assumed:

... according to the study, 87 percent of faculty are liberal and 13 percent are conservative.
13% seems a bit generous if you ask me. The post then quotes a windbag from the American Association of University Professors by the name of Jonathan Knight:

It's hard to see that these liberal views cut very deeply into the education of students. In fact, a number of studies show the core values that students bring into the university are not very much altered by being in college.
Shouldn't merely being educated alter a person? Shouldn't being intellectually stimulated bring about change of thought and perception? Knight tells us that the entire liberal-dominated higher education system is just as inefficient as we suspected.

And just what are the values that these liberal elitists are unable to shove down the throats of unsuspecting students?

The professors and instructors surveyed are, strongly or somewhat, in favor of abortion rights (84 percent); believe homosexuality is acceptable (67 percent); and want more environmental protection "even if it raises prices or costs jobs" (88 percent). What's more, the study found, 65 percent want the government to ensure full employment, a stance to the left of the Democratic Party.
Only an academic can promote cutting jobs to save the environment, while simultaneously demanding that the government guarantee full employment. Apparently I skipped too many classes while I was in college!
2 Comment(s):
When did "liberal" become a bad word anyway? Why does this surprise anyone considering college is a "liberal arts" education?

Why do you insist on following your conservative line? Can't someone care about the environment within reason or is protecting vital resources from scarcity so far away from the conservative mantra? 

Posted by Anonymous
Your use of the words "environment", "protecting", and "within reason" in the same sentence insinuates there exists some sort of reason or sanity within the environmental movement. Sadly that is not the case. I'd quote you chapter and verse to prove my point, but I have better things to do with my Saturday. 

Posted by Cordeiro
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