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In Search Of Political Diversity On Campus

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 3:08 pm

A 2016 study by Assoc. Prof. Mitchell Langbert of Brooklyn College revealed that liberal professors at America’s top universities outnumber conservatives by about 12 to 1. Another in 2018 found that 39 percent of colleges had no conservative professors at all or at least any who would admit to being conservatives. The same study, by the National Association of Scholars, found that at 51 of the 66 top-ranked liberal arts colleges in America the ratio of Democrats to Republicans on their faculties was 10.4 to 1. If the two military academies, West Point and Annapolis, which were included in the survey were excluded, the ratio becomes 12.7 to 1. It’s lonely being a conservative in most faculty lounges.

It’s possible that some closet conservatives were not counted because they were hesitant to reveal their political preferences for fear of discrimination or student protests against their hateful views. Or perhaps they just wanted to blend in with their colleagues. Whatever. The imbalance in political views wouldn’t be so alarming if they kept those views to themselves but, as any college student knows, that isn’t usually the case. Professors are supposed to profess and they usually aren’t shy about sharing their political views nor should they be. But shouldn’t there be some balance?

These institutions of higher learning that mold young minds proudly emphasize ethnic, racial and other kinds of diversity but political diversity, not so much. Today’s students demand speech codes and trigger warnings if they are even at risk of being exposed to something that might cause them anxiety. For most of them, that includes nearly anything they disagree with but nothing causes more anxiety than conservative ideas. How about some trigger warnings for students from conservative homes who are about to matriculate at an American university where nearly all of their professors will be liberals, many of whom strongly disapprove of conservatives and their ideas?

Higher education is supposed to expose students to a wide range of ideas and philosophies. Students are supposed to apply analysis and critical thought to those ideas and be open to debating them, not rejecting them outright. But that doesn’t seem to be happening, probably because they are being exposed almost exclusively to progressive ideology and conservative ideas are dealt with in a negative manner. They are, too often, being conditioned, not only to reject them, but to attempt to silence those who express them.

It’s no surprise, then, that universities are turning out more Democrats by far than Republicans. In 2017, a Pew survey put the percentages at 54% for Democrats as opposed to 39% for Republicans. For post-graduates, it was 63% Democrat and less than half as many Republicans. Increasingly, they seem attracted to the left wing of the Democrat party, helping to explain the popularity of Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

It’s rather ironic that many of the protests against socialist and communist rule in countries like Cuba and Venezuela and lately in Hong Kong are being organized and led by young people while at the same time many of our young people seem attracted to socialism. Parents, who are wondering why this is happening, need look no further than our college faculties for some of the answers. Some political diversity in hiring faculty members might restore some needed balance.

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