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Legislatures Fight Perceived Left-Wing Bias in Colleges
FOXNews.com ^ | 20 January 2006

Posted on 01/19/2006 3:39:57 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

PHILADELPHIA — Christian DeJohn returned from a National Guard tour in Bosnia only to fight his own war with academics at Temple University who he says have held up his master's thesis because of political conflicts in the classroom.To some conservatives, the case represents a national trend by some liberal professors to infringe on conservative students' right to free speech at public colleges and universities.

The debate has reached more than a dozen state legislatures, which dole out the taxpayer funds to those schools, but so far there's been more talk than action.

Legislation modeled after an "academic bill of rights" advocated by conservative activist David Horowitz, founder of Students for Academic Freedom, was introduced in at least 15 states last year, but none has passed it, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Among other things, the document exhorts professors to present a wide spectrum of intellectual views in the classroom and discourages them from basing students' grades on their religious or political beliefs.

Julie Bell, the conference's education program director, said legislatures have not forced the issue because even public universities typically enjoy considerable autonomy in setting academic policies and procedures.

"Most legislatures have backed away because they really do acknowledge that separation," Bell said.

An Ohio state senator suspended his push for legislation last year after state universities approved a resolution requiring them to ensure students are not graded based on political opinions.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: academicbor; colleges; commiesintheclass; fightingback; highereducation; horowitz; leftismoncampus; leftwingbias; templeu
Cleaning politics out of the classroom is only about 40 years overdue!
1 posted on 01/19/2006 3:39:59 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

It's not going to be done by legislation. It's going to be done, if at all, by a slow conservative takeover of faculties and administrations.


2 posted on 01/19/2006 3:47:24 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone

One of the problems getting in the way is all of the government funding that gets dumped into these schools. The free market isn't allowed to clear out the bad ones.


3 posted on 01/19/2006 3:49:33 PM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

California University students have put up a website for "outing" leftist radicals on the faculty. Of great interest to cash rich alumns, administrators and tenure committees. Helps students get their tuition's worth and keeps liberal bias under control. A very, very good thing generally.

I think the websites' name is Bruinwatch or something similar but a brief search on FR should bring it up.

Way to go Bruins and may lots of other schools follow your lead!


4 posted on 01/19/2006 3:52:22 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (DO NOT read to the end of this tagline . . . Oh, $#@%^, there you went and did it.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
I flunked freshman English at CSU because I was a Viet Nam vet as she was a liberal. I got my grade lowered in a Western American Literature class because I did not recognize that one cowboy was homosexual and that was in the 70's.
5 posted on 01/19/2006 3:53:16 PM PST by mountainlyons (Happy new year. I was almost off to a good start.)
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To: Gondring

The free market has more of a chance to work in our universities than in our K-12 system. Universities have to compete with each other for students, while the public school system through high school is a monopoly with a captive enrollment.

High schools don't compete, because you're assigned to one.

This is one reason why American universities are considered world class, while the local school systems are pretty much a failure.


6 posted on 01/19/2006 3:54:38 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Aussie Dasher

Couldn't agree with you more. Though I have read that more student bodies have grown more and more conservative over the past few years, and that groups like the college republicans are growing as well.


7 posted on 01/19/2006 3:54:48 PM PST by proud_yank (Aspiring CEO of a multinational corporation)
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To: mountainlyons

What is it with liberals and poofter cowboys?


8 posted on 01/19/2006 3:55:15 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
From William Z. Foster head of the American Communist Party from 1932 to 1957

Toward Soviet America - 1932 William Z Foster, page 316

“Among the elementary measures the American Soviet government will adopt to further the cultural revolution are the following: the schools, colleges and universities will be coordinated and grouped under the National Department of Education and its state and local branches.”

He wasn't too far off here...

Dumbing Down Education

General attack upon excellence

Toward Soviet America - 1932 William Z Foster, page 316

“Present obsolete methods of teaching will be superseded by a scientific pedagogy.” (method of education)

9 posted on 01/19/2006 4:05:30 PM PST by 101st-Eagle (Roberts, Alito!-God please bring us the early retirements of Ginsburg and Stevens)
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To: Lloyd227

Ping for TOLA list


10 posted on 01/19/2006 4:12:06 PM PST by Sisku Hanne (Happy 2006...The Year of the Black Conservative!)
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To: Aussie Dasher; mountainlyons
What is it with liberals and poofter cowboys?

I think they're really sheep herders not cowboys.

11 posted on 01/19/2006 4:41:55 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Happy New Year!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Well, there still bloody poofters!


12 posted on 01/19/2006 4:48:30 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Dog Gone
" It's going to be done, if at all, by a slow conservative takeover of faculties and administrations."

The zealots in the institutions which gave so many draft dogers succor in the Viet Nam era will not go quietly into that good night.

There is a real culture war going on, and the a$$holes have been winning for a long time.

13 posted on 01/19/2006 4:52:28 PM PST by Radix (Welcome home 3 ID!)
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To: Dog Gone

If you want to do it quicker just sieze the communications building and flood the campus with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity 24x7. They'd be running for the exits like rats from a ship. 48 hours and the place would be liberal free ;-)


14 posted on 01/19/2006 5:57:25 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: mountainlyons
..." I was a Viet Nam vet as she was a liberal"

When I got back I didn't let them know (It was a hopeless cause, and still is. Our universities are very sick. There was more free speech in the military, no question). One benefit - The draft was still in effect at the time. Most professors would end the term by stating that the men could give themselves whatever grade they needed to keep their deferment (Just put your name and the grade needed on a piece of paper in their mailbox.) Sure helped my GPA. As the guy in the cell phone commericial says, "Just my way of sticking it to the man!"

15 posted on 01/19/2006 6:17:47 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet
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To: Dog Gone
>>>It's going to be done, if at all, by a slow conservative takeover of faculties and administrations.<<<

That will help but I like what some UCLA Alumni are doing - offering $100 for tapes of left-wing intimidation in the classroom. They intend to take legal action against flagrant violators of academic freedom.

Sean Hannity is also on this bandwagon. I think its gaining steam across the country!! Long overdue.

16 posted on 01/19/2006 7:07:48 PM PST by HardStarboard
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To: Dog Gone
>>>It's going to be done, if at all, by a slow conservative takeover of faculties and administrations.<<<

That will help but I like what some UCLA Alumni are doing - offering $100 for tapes of left-wing intimidation in the classroom. They intend to take legal action against flagrant violators of academic freedom.

Sean Hannity is also on this bandwagon. I think its gaining steam across the country!! Long overdue.

17 posted on 01/19/2006 7:07:58 PM PST by HardStarboard
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To: Dog Gone

Yet in our public schools, leftists provide biased "resources" for the teachers to use. Meanwhile, conservative think-tanks publish another paper that nobody reads. The battle for the young minds is being lost without a shot fired from the right.


18 posted on 01/20/2006 6:44:13 PM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

The delicious irony is that the Critical Theorists, Queerists, Deconstructionalists, New Historicists, etc., can talk up a mean blather using the worse postmodern nonsense terms imaginable about evils of Capitalism, but take away their funding and their insane world of "discourse" shrinks into something quite intelligible like: "You can't do that! We want the money!" Who would ever have thought that they were capable of talking in such a direct, straight forward and matter of fact way! But they tell us that there are no facts and discourse just point to more discourse. So, in other words, avoid reality when it is convenient to impress everybody with meaningless gibberish but address it if the bills need to be paid -- what a Marxist dilemma for the humanities!


19 posted on 01/20/2006 11:53:38 PM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: proud_yank

True. Even since I've graduated in 1999...it seems my alma mater has more conservative kids now.


20 posted on 01/20/2006 11:55:18 PM PST by RockinRight (Hey RNC-the GOP is the party of Reagan, not FDR!)
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To: HardStarboard

One semester in college I took Political Science. We had the lecture class M W F at 8:50 AM and the discussion section at 7:35 two days a week.

There was this 50ish Union-brainwashed nutcase in my discussion class and every morning he would stand up, sing Clinton's praises and go on about the "damn Republicans and that g--damn Gingrich" (this was 1996) and one morning I had had it. The prof was actually fairly conservative, but the discussions usually leaned left as about 70% of the students who actually talked were libs.

I was in college, so cut me some slack here-I came to class hung over one morning and was NOT in the mood for liberal bellyaching. This guy stood up and started talking about something and said "see, I'm a Democrat..." and paused for a minute. Right at that moment, not even realizing what I said, I blurted out:

"Yeah...that's a real f**king surprise!! Next thing you know you're gonna tell us your a Yoon-Yun (emphasised) man too!" and then I snickered.

The entire class, even most of the libs and the professor, were ROLLING in laughter...


21 posted on 01/21/2006 12:03:57 AM PST by RockinRight (Hey RNC-the GOP is the party of Reagan, not FDR!)
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To: RockinRight

GREAT STORY!


22 posted on 01/21/2006 12:21:50 AM PST by Clemenza ( "Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other “sins” are invented nonsense." -- Robert)
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To: Clemenza

Yeah, that was fun...


23 posted on 01/21/2006 12:23:42 AM PST by RockinRight (Hey RNC-the GOP is the party of Reagan, not FDR!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
What is it with liberals and poofter cowboys? Dude...one word. "Assless Chaps"
24 posted on 01/21/2006 12:24:00 AM PST by mancogasuki (Live Free Or Die.)
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To: Aussie Dasher; Clint N. Suhks; af_vet_1981; Fred Hayek; jodiluvshoes; MAK1179; briansb; ...

"Tyranny of Liberal Academia" ping list:


25 posted on 01/22/2006 3:49:56 AM PST by Lloyd227 (and may God bless Oriana Fallaci)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Fox was discussing this yesterday. I wonder when NPR get all huffy and jump in.


26 posted on 01/22/2006 3:52:13 AM PST by hershey
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To: Aussie Dasher
"...Perceived Left-Wing Bias..."

"PERCEIVED"! Now THAT'S a real knee-slapper!!!!!

27 posted on 01/22/2006 6:59:35 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: rlmorel
"...Perceived Left-Wing Bias..."

"PERCEIVED"! Now THAT'S a real knee-slapper!!!!!

28 posted on 01/22/2006 7:00:48 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: Aussie Dasher

When I was in college in the late 70s, the faculty was markedly more conservative than the students.


29 posted on 01/22/2006 9:16:05 AM PST by wardaddy (Alito is Clapton)
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To: Aussie Dasher

(Rep. Dan Surra, a member of the Pennsylvania committee who has questioned the need for the investigation, said nothing so far has swayed him. Students in his rural district complain about such issues as tuition, but not about professors' biases, the Democrat said.

"I've said it's the educational equivalent of the hunt for Bigfoot," he said.)

I hope Democrats continue to be this condescending. It seems like Surra needs a swift kick administered by Big Foot.


30 posted on 01/22/2006 9:22:26 AM PST by winner3000
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To: mountainlyons

Wow. That is sickening.

My freshman year 'Critical Thinking and Writing', I made the (bleeding heart) prof get watery eyes b/c of my views on poverty. (The situation we were discussing was a poor single mother with two kids from when she was young and a previous drug addiction).

After hearing the usual crap that people are poor from a 'run of bad luck' and its 'society's fault'. I debated that with her and won. She lost it though when I suggested it would be best for the hypothetical woman to put her children in temporary foster care until she was established with a steady job and could afford to take care of them. That was before I even became political, what she was saying is simply stupid and didn't make sense.

Even after making a bleeding heart, young female prof cry, I did fine in the class.


31 posted on 01/23/2006 11:06:23 AM PST by proud_yank (Aspiring CEO of a multinational corporation)
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