Although Robert Maranto feels he is a moderate in his political views, his experiences with liberal academia have led him to believe he is on the far right of the political spectrum. This article describes the experiences of Maranto and other conservative academics like him, and suggests that the current university situation leans strongly toward a liberal agenda....
Liberal Bias in Education: Campus, Classroom & College
Imagine that it is your first year of college. You’re eager to learn, enthusiastic about your new friends, and devoted to your new professor. Everything is moving along beautifully, until one day your beloved professor begins to lecture on a hot button political topic. Much to your horror, you discover that he is taking a position that is very much opposed to your personal beliefs. Furthermore, he is generally labeling everyone who holds your belief as an idiot. To make matters worse, everyone else in the classroom is laughing and seems to be in total agreement with the professor. Do you:
a) Stand up for your beliefs hoping that your professor will be open and accepting of your view?
b) Stand up for your beliefs and risk ostracism for the rest of your college career? or
c) Shut your mouth and gradually become numb to the differences between your beliefs and the professor’s opinions?
Regardless of the choice you make - and whether you realize it or not - you have just been inducted into a key phase of college experience: bias in academia.
According to many studies, bias in academia more often than not is liberal bias. Many professors and students admit to possessing liberal ideologies or Democratic voting tendencies. It is natural and right for liberal students and professors to freely express their liberal philosophies, but is it right for liberal professors to continually advance their ideas in the classroom while squelching all other opinions? No.
As many of the pieces in this section suggest, universities are the breeding grounds for a variety of ideas and thought processes. Students who attend American colleges and universities should be able to gain a well-rounded view of their country, its founding principles, and the ideas – from all points on the political spectrum – that continue to shape and mold its future. Unfortunately, today’s colleges have drifted away from these ideals and become bastions of liberal thought and activism. This section presents the facts and details of this issue, and proposes several ways in which colleges can begin to once again offer more choice in the “marketplace of ideas.”
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