Skip to comments.Nearly All His Professors are Democrats (So writes University of Oregon journalism student)
Posted on 07/25/2009 12:28:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Nearly All My Professors Are Democrats. Isnt That a Problem? is the title of a wonderful opinion piece at the Christian Science Monitor by University of Oregon journalism student Dan Lawton.
Lawtons investigation into the liberally funded diversity program at the University of Oregon yielded some interesting results:
The University of Oregon (UO), where I study journalism, invested millions annually in a diversity program that explicitly included "political affiliation" as a component. Yet, out of the 111 registered Oregon voters in the departments of journalism, law, political science, economics, and sociology, there were only two registered Republicans.
When Lawton published his findings in the school newspaper he learned another lesson about the human face of liberal tolerance. One female faculty member who confronted Lawton wasnt too pleased with his investigation:
From the disgust with which she attacked me, you would have thought I had advocated Nazism. She quickly grew so emotional that she had to leave the room. But before she departed, she stood over me and screamed.
Why is Lawtons essay a must read? It can help to expose the strange and bizarre environment that shapes and coddles many of our liberal public servants. In other words, its the environment where many people learn to stand over their political opponents and scream.
Liberal academia is also the incubation site for what might become Americas brave new socialist world. Its yet another reason Americans should take a second look at professors who decide to become politicians.
EDIT TO ADD, You can find the student’s article at the Christian Science Monitor, here :
Stand over your political opponent and scream in helpless, impotent outrage.....
or stand over the corpse of your enemy and raise nigh your bloody sword and yell in your moment of victory.....
Criminal. Might as well call it “University of Indoctrination”
That is the University of Oregon — ONE UNIVERSITY.
How goes the situation in universities and colleges around the country ?
University of Oregon, my alma mater.
You can find good professors there, if you don’t go through certain programs. Some may be liberal, but provide great teaching. Then there are others who are liberal, and deserve every bit of scorn they get.
Certain departments on campus, though, are pretty apolitical. They’re mostly interested in getting their newest book written and published. Specifically the department I was a part of...
Departments that, if you do not want to have your conservative beliefs challenged, one should avoid at the U of O:
Political Science (especially any classes with Baumgold, Cramer, or Galvan)
I have a list of good professors, though. Ones who I was able to have a very good and serious discussion with and who didn’t judge me on my conservatism more than the substance of my arguments.
Pretty much the same. Engineering and Science departments are a little more conservative-friendly (mostly because they tend to be apolitical), but Humanities and Liberal Arts faculty are overwhelmingly liberal just about everywhere (I can speak for 5 universities of varying size in a red state, no less). I think that just about everyone who has been to a state university recently (and many private ones, too) will agree...
I suspect it is identical in 85% of the schools. Even Oregon State University (the engineering, oceanography, agricultural emphasizing school) was going that direction.
We need to raise kids that we send to become college professors and media spokesmen (journalists). Don’t look for it to take less than 20 years to begin to recapture America to Americans.
The answer will not be political clout (who’s listening?). The answer will not be a strong single leader (the colleges and media innoculate the listeners against them). The answer will not be laws (the liberal lawyers defeat their intent)
The answer is voters who are taught the truth.
It is probably similar to most Universities then
Business schools and economics departments tend to have a few more Republicans, but the majority are Democrats.
For example, Ed Prescott at Arizona State University, the Nobel Laureate in Economics, is a staunch Republican. Jeffrey Coles, the finance department chairman, is staunch Democrat. Coles was a big supporter of John Edwards.
Why the difference?
College professors are typical lazy union workers (those with tenure). The untenured ones are afraid to anger their union masters (the tenured faculty), so they tend to be liberal as well.
Ed Prescott is a world-class talent who doesn’t need tenure. The majority of college professors would be unemployable if tenure was taken away. Coles makes $350,000 per year which strikes me as insane given Arizona’s horrific budgetary problems. Being a Democrat helps if you want to be on the public dole like Coles.
College professors all Democrats? Wow, that’s news to me (joking). When I was in college I remember our journalism department head was a hard-core leftist who rejoiced at our campus newspaper being very very liberal and very very pro-Democratic. I guess he really didn’t know anything about teaching objectivity, only teaching young men and women how to be “good liberals.” I remember Pat Buchanan coming to my campus for a political speech and I remember all of the libs protesting him.
I just emailed the student that did the investigation to congratulate and encourage him - I’m sure he’ll need all the moral support to fend off the liberal jackals that will be attacking him.
Here’s his email if others want to do the same...
Students should always point this out when the fundraising calls/letters come in; I’ve done it for years. I would actually use “professors”’ names in my responses, too.
Most of the folks in prison are democrats too. Don’t spread it around too much, tho.
It is another reason why conservatives should pull the rug out from under the entire Marxist education establishment from kindergarten to graduate school!
1) On the university level conservatives should take Charles Murry advice and encourage the passing of qualifying exams rather than the accumulation of university degrees. The less time and money spent on a Marxist university campus the better!
2) Absolutely never give another dime to a Marxist university or college.
3) However...It could be that large sums of pooled conservative money could be used to influence the policies and curriculum of colleges and universities. Large sums of money could be used to entice universities to require the reading of conservative books, papers, and literature. Endowed chairs could be established that require the teaching of conservative values.
4) Open conservative colleges and universities.
5) ( This is the **most** important.) We must pull the rug out from under our government K-12 schools. Conservative education foundation could award grants to individual teachers willing to open **tuition-free** one room school houses, mini-schools in their home, or homeschool co-ops. The conservative foundation would certify the teacher, approve the curriculum, and test the students.
6) Organize the parents, friends, and family of those attending the tuition-free K-12 schools to work politically to SHUT DOWN every government K-12 school in the nation.
7) Organize independent sport leagues, theater, and music programs so that support for the government schools can be eroded. Or...Demand that these programs be moved to the Department of Parks and Recreation.
8) Finally...If our college classrooms were filled to the brim with students who were well prepared to defend their faith and our nation's values, the atheistic Marxist scum teaching in our colleges and universities would shrink before their righteousness!
On the other hand, you don’t have to be a “registered Republican” to be conservative. I am a conservative professor, but not registered with any party. That being said, conservatives are definitely in the minority on almost all college campuses.
Please read post #16.
I generally agree with your assessment about political orientation in business schools. A few are conservatives but most are Democrats because they want much more university funding and higher salaries. My views stand in stark contrast to most of my colleagues. Subsidies for universities should be gradually eliminated so that the private sector can develop a much better product. The higher education product desperately needs standardization, commodization, unbundling, and flexibility resulting in much lower cost and higher quality. The current situation is unsustainable.
Salaries for business professors are high because there was a good market for services outside of universities and enrollments were growing. This combination along with competition from other universities propelled salary growth for business professors especially in finance and accounting. However, now the situation is rapidly changing. In a year or two, enrollments will fall sharply. Most business professors would be unable to find work either in another university or the private sector.
I disagree with your point that professors are lazy. Most business faculty I have known work very hard even after tenure. Few universities have unionized faculty. Faculty unions for professors have much less power than teachers unions. However, faculty have strong job security (although not absolute as the recession will indicate) and a strong voice in governance. Legislators generally treat faculty with kid clothes.
I meant tenure as a form of unions. With tenure, the incentive to perform is lowered.
As to being lazy, I have worked at both universities and the private sector. Some business profs do work hard, but I am aware of no one showing up at work, producing research or even meeting with students at one university.
At Chicago, they work hard. At Berkeley, they work hard ... at consulting.
Bite your tongue!
That's well over 1% of professors that are Republican, what's the problem?
In any other area the federal government would relentlessly attack this prima facie case of discrimination in hiring.
The free and open seeking of truth in the classroom should be the criterianot a nose-counting of political affiliations.
Seek and argue for the truth and God will be with youas will ultimately the overwhelming majority of people.
In the situation described, turn it to advantage: how can truth be found when faculty are bound in ideology?
You mean a state run university/college tolerates conservative/independent thought? The ivory tower is feet thick and built on totalitarian suppression. Grad students do the work of profs. No one who doesn’t tow the party line advances.
Many if not most engineering and math grad students teaching beginning courses barely speak English. Math books can be so full of errors they’re hardly readable. In fact, a math PhD once told me half the math is taught for a BS, with the other half taught afterwards.
Anyone who doesn’t know this down to their bones is fooling their children. The days of independent, critical thought and study are long since dead at state institutions. Even conservative profs have to sit in faculty meetings, smile and say, “Ummmmm.” No joke.
You might be better off going off somewhere to fix Harleys. And yes, I know someone who did. 800 SAT in math and disgusted.
The situation around the country is terrible. Leftists vastly outnumber Conservatives.
Indoctrination U:The Left’s War Against Academic Freedom
In 2003, David Horowitz began a campaign to promote intellectual diversity and a return to academic standards in American universities. To achieve these goals he devised an Academic Bill of Rights and created a national student movement with chapters on 160 college campuses. Take No Prisoners is a riveting account of the reaction to Horowitz’s campaign by professor unions and academic associations, whose leaderships have been taken over by the political left.
In addition there are several organizations that fight the campus bias
FIRE (The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)
and Students for Academic Freedom
Also a big problem at universities are the huge endowments coming from Arab Gulf Wahabbi sources funding Middle East Studies Departments.
The paper has thus far refused to publish my response to the original article on their website with no indication that submissions have been shut off or closed.
Yet parents send their children to these places. And spend 50k a year in after tax dollars to do it.
Imagine spending that money to have their kids listen to rants by Gates.
109 to 2 ain’t good odds ;-)
Yes, great post.
BTW, there is an alternative to the UofO in Eugene. It is called Gutenberg College. It is a very small liberal arts school with a biblical world view, teaching students how to think about issues. It is near the UofO campus in Eugene.
I feel like Jeremiah. As a nation we will soon feel God wrath.
Heck even if some are "Republican" what does that mean anymore?
Good observation, and I believe you are right. The ethos is one of hatred of all that is good and a substitute of all that is self. That certainly supports your view.
My remarks were just stating what it might take to stop the rapid departure from biblical decency. Practically speaking, however, you are correct...it is probably too late. We shall have to see what it is that God plays out with our decaying carcass.
What department were you in?? And what professors did you find to be unbias?