Skip to comments.Academia, Stuck To the Left
Posted on 11/27/2004 9:16:28 AM PST by Pokey78
In Academia, Studies Find
-- The New York Times, Nov. 18
Oh, well, if studies say so. The great secret is out: Liberals dominate campuses. Coming soon: "Moon Implicated in Tides, Studies Find."
One study of 1,000 professors finds that Democrats outnumber Republicans at least seven to one in the humanities and social sciences. That imbalance, more than double what it was three decades ago, is intensifying because younger professors are more uniformly liberal than the older cohort that is retiring.
Another study, of voter registration records, including those of professors in engineering and the hard sciences, found nine Democrats for every Republican at Berkeley and Stanford. Among younger professors, there were 183 Democrats, six Republicans.
But we essentially knew this even before the American Enterprise magazine reported in 2002 on examinations of voting records in various college communities. Some findings about professors registered with the two major parties or with liberal or conservative minor parties:
Cornell: 166 liberals, 6 conservatives.
Stanford: 151 liberals, 17 conservatives.
Colorado: 116 liberals, 5 conservatives.
UCLA: 141 liberals, 9 conservatives.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
No wonder so many people are turning to Home Schooling, Church run schools, and private schools~
Now even the most naive will understand what has happened to the output of academia...the high schools turn out dolts, some of which can barely read and write well and the colleges turn out indoctrinated leftists who can hardly find their own vents.....
Welcome to liberalism...isn't it beautiful ????
A terrible "side effect" here (apart from statistics of party membership) is creating what I call a subtle, destructive habit in the classroom where students only recognize or understand what has been repeated. Whatever is heard for the first time is forgotten. Learning is no longer a discovery, but a confirmation of indoctrination. Students only recognize something as knowledge if it has been drilled into them. Even if it is critizised, they will not understand the criticism but only only parrot the original theme.
Its always been this way and in some respects its worse. Stepping on a campus is like stepping into an alternate universe America. Our institutions of higher education are as intolerant of heretics and non-conformists as the medieval Church was.
No one wants to get on their professors' bad side. The brighter students quickly know what they're expected to do to get good grades and if they have opinions that are not welcome in the classroom or on campus, they keep it to themselves.
I would place the few conservatives in the dedicated class and the liberals in the "those that can DO, those that can't teach".
There are some new internet universities appearing; but it will be a generation before these even have any impact at all.
The never ending cycle, liberal PhD thesis good, conservative PhD thesis bad.
I suppose the only surprising thing here is that are ANY conservatives at all...
Here's an interesting passage which illustrates the problem of only recognizing repetition:
The absence of a rational foundation or discourse about the truth to ground moral certitude has consequences on the form of the message as well as on the tone used to convey it. Today's moral message is not explanatory, as it was for example in the case of Las Casas in the sixteenth century, who defended the dignity of the American Indians, or of Thomas More, who was indignant about human misery. Our message, on the contrary is loud and repetitive. It is proclaimed vehemently and always carries a threat against its adversaries. It creeps in through all the cracks of social life because to be convincing it must be constantly repeated. It compensates for its lack of justification by its ubigquity and omnipotence. Its "human rights"-ism is incantatory to the point of inducing nausea. It disguises the lack of a crucial backdrop by hogging the stage, leaving space for no rival. What it is unable to obtain through persuasion or debate, it obtains through the stifling of adverse ways of thought, which are vilified as soon as they dare to show their faces. Evil is not rejected by reason, but hated out of indignation and denounced through invective. At the same time, discourse about the good is set to the tones of panegyric and the smell of incense. p. 77 Chantal Delsol, Icarus Fallen.
I know from personal experience at NYU over the years that it's NOT because graduate students who are entering the professoriat are more liberal. It's because hiring committees are more liberal.
Conservative hiring committees usually hire the best candidates, regardless of politics. Liberal hiring committees always hire clones of themselves, and wouldn't touch the best candidate with a ten foot pole if he was a conservative.
The result is that almost all the chairmen and hiring committees are now liberal, and their departments keep moving further and further to the left. Not only that, but many departments have been wrecked because no one is interested in doing anything but politics or gender studies.
Most the EPA ordered laboratory cleanups were carried out by local bomb squads because so much of the material was so dangerously crystalized. They detonated much of the chemicals on site while students were on holiday breaks to avoid the hazards.
Simply astounding that universities can complain that compliance to EPA rules are too burdensome and expensive, but that is an acceptable situation for industry!
I guess that's what nine of ten grant gifted professors hold true.
Not surprising. We have our fair share at UT, like Robert Jensen and Dana Cloud, who both teach Journalism.
I'm not quite sure how to react to this.
David Horowitz and Ann Coulter have been on this issue for quite a while. So, does this mean that George Will is finally on board, or does it mean he has finally decided to lend the weight of his name to this issue?
There are many who agree with Horowitz and Coulter, but few who are willing to point out that their temptation: the morality of incantation.
... proving once again, that diversity for liberals is purely racial. Idological diversity is not desired or embraced.
I read recently in the excellent book, Tenured Radicals, that the number of students enrolling in the humanities is way down since the 1960's. This is not the percentage of humanities enrollies but actual numbers.
I didn't mention it in the earlier post, but the mentality of the chemistry heads of the universities is to meet with politicians and governmental agencies and to lobby for fewer restrictions on academia. The reason being that it's burdensome for their process and they need to be treated as an exception to the laws that they celebrate on everyone else. The hypocracy is UFB! How can supposedly intelligent geniuses not see the parallels to their experience on compliance with EPA laws and the fact that industry has to absorb those burdens en masse? When I read about the University of Hawaii I almost freaked! Things like procurement, reaction scales, MSDS archival, labelling and safe separation from reactive co-storage chemicals had been under absolutely no consideration let alone proper disposal. The hidden component to this which nobody discussed is the cost of disposal of experimental and pilot scale batches. In industry it's gotta be figured into the procurement and project budget. In academia it's a burden which might cut into the free housing and vehicles for faculty chairs, thus is an undeserved burden to such people we as taxpayers and tuition paying parents are so priveledged to endow with such a lifestyle.
Are you aware of any specific articles Ann has written on the leftist dominance of our schools? I'm sure she would rip those lefties a new one!
Ann Coulter is just a screamer of bad situations. Anyone can do that! Do it often enough in most places without offering and applying a working solution and you'll get fired for being so brilliant.
I was truly shocked when I found out that something called "Queer Theory" is taught with a straight face at some schools.
Absolutely. They seriously refer to themselves as Queer Theorists.
Anyone curious about this can do a Google Search and find places like this:
Which describes itself thus: "This website features hundreds of annotated links to Queer Theory and LGBT resources, designed to assist Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people involved in academic study and philosophy research. Erratic Impact also features hundreds of LGBT books, music and films."
I can tell you for a fact, its not wise to identify yourself as a conservative if your a professor.
One, you won't get hired, 2, if you are hired and get tenure, and they find out your a conservative, there will be harassment.
Even at catholic universities, I had a teacher refer to the church (and also opus dai) as "cults".
That alone tells you something.
Very True. They just operate under a different Dominant Paradigm.
Very True. They just operate under a different Dominant Paradigm.
Well said. The power is in the hiring committees and the leftists have determined to stack them.