Skip to comments.The ’60s Begin to Fade as Liberal Professors Retire
Posted on 07/03/2008 4:43:43 AM PDT by shrinkermd
...Baby boomers, hired in large numbers during a huge expansion in higher education that continued into the 70s, are being replaced by younger professors who many of the nearly 50 academics interviewed by The New York Times believe are different from their predecessors less ideologically polarized and more politically moderate
...Solon Simmons at George Mason University found that the notion of a generational divide is more than a glancing impression. Self-described liberals are most common within the ranks of those professors aged 50-64, who were teenagers or young adults in the 1960s, they wrote, making up just under 50 percent. At the same time, the youngest group, ages 26 to 35, contains the highest percentage of moderates, some 60 percent, and the lowest percentage of liberals, just under a third
...The authors are not talking about a political realignment. Democrats continue to overwhelmingly outnumber Republicans among faculty, young and old. But as educators have noted, the generation coming up appears less interested in ideological confrontations, summoning Barack Obamas statement about the elections of 2000 and 2004: I sometimes felt as if I were watching the psychodrama of the Baby Boom generation a tale rooted in old grudges and revenge plots hatched on a handful of college campuses long ago played out on the national stage.
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Baby boomers, hired in large numbers during a huge expansion in higher education that continued into the ’70s, are being replaced by younger professors……who have been picked by those very same Maoist baby boomers, unfortunately.
Now, some of the radical departments---I won't name names---still hire overwhelmingly leftists. But it's still a remarkable shift.
Not entirely. I’ve noticed a change when we’ve done interviews for positions in the last five years. It used to be 90/10. Now it’s closer to 70-30 or 60-40.
If that is in a history department, it is welcome news.
Exactly. Despite claims to the contrary, the academics who preceeded the Baby Boomer liberals were really fair & open minded—or they wouldn’t have hired people spouting this drivel. Those hired since these liberals took control of the academic departments have had to toe the ideological line or they were toast. That means that most of these people are as bad or worse.
Most of the first boomer wave couldn’t have cared less about gay rights, paid lip service to “diversity”, and still had a healthy respect for the classics (at least back then). Now the current generations of academics is hell bent on things like transgender studies, diversity at any cost (e.g., anyone but a caucasian), and riding the curriculum of “dead white males”. Can’t wait to see what it will be like in 20 years. Well, that’s what being “progressive” is all about.
Finally the accursed 60s leftists are dying off... it will take another 40 years to rid ourselves of their legacy.
‘Bout F’n time!!!
Interesting article. Remember these statistics reveal what the academics self-identify themselves as. So while fewer academics may self-identify themselves as liberals, and more call themselves ‘moderates’, I’m not so sure that actual views have moderated. Although fewer might identify with New Deal or Great Society policies, or view the world along Cold War ideaological lines, I doubt the actual views of academics on specific issues have ‘moderated’. In fact, if you asked them questions like ‘Should same sex couples have the right to marry?’, ‘Do private citizens have a right to keep and bear arms?’, ‘Should Arab nations guarantee Israel the right to exist within secure borders?’, or ‘Is America in general a force for good in the world?’, I suspect one might find that the younger generation of academics is more radical than their predecessars.
It will take time - a long time - to change the imbalance. The good news is, things are slowly swinging back in our direction.
One generation passing, does not mean let your guard down. I say sprinkle boric acid liberally in the halls, make sure you get all the crevices.
God, the old hippies are fading away........
Their replacements are are well trained, ready and eager to continue their Socialist ways.
A political moderate is someone who has yet to decide they will vote for the liberals.
On the other hand, there are the two young black guys who have been talking about Obama for about a year now. sigh. Glad it's summertime 'cause I was close to [STERNLY TALKING TO] one of them.
that’s not in california.
university slime i see are mostly socialists and at least democrats.
in my field academics are uniformly anti-free market.
Now, just when are these GD hippies gonna start dying off so that we don’t have to deal with further consequences of their LSD inspired ideology?
ok... that wasn’t very charitable of me...
I don't know. When I first attended college in the late sixties every history prof was a wild-eyed radical. Every one of them was a non-Boomer. Some of them co-authored books denouncing the war, and one of the authors still writes guest columns in the local leftist rag reflecting his still far-left views. One distinguished prof was an out and out Stalinist. I'm not kidding. He even defended Stalin in class one day. So while I'm sure there were some fair profs in the sixties and seventies and before, I didn't find any conservative sentiment or anywhere near it in the profs who taught in my classes.
I have a feeling everything in CA is far to the left.
Well, I wasn’t actually in college then, so can’t say firsthand. However, I’ve always heard that back in the 50s and [early to mid] 60s, most colleges were a bastion of the status quo. Not to say it was universal, but it makes sense that things would be this way especially in the “conformist” 50s.
The only time I ever read anything involving him was when the paper reported he had been handcuffed and arrested for throwing a tantrum at a child's T-ball game. Both the university and the paper are still employing him, however.