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Gingersnap
07-15-2009, 02:44 PM
Nearly all my professors are Democrats. Isn't that a problem?

After I posed that question, two faculty railed against me. That's a sure sign that universities should address the lack of ideological diversity.

By Dan Lawton
from the July 13, 2009 edition

Eugene, Ore. - When I began examining the political affiliation of faculty at the University of Oregon, the lone conservative professor I spoke with cautioned that I would "make a lot of people unhappy."

Though I mostly brushed off his warning assuming that academia would be interested in such discourse I was careful to frame my research for a column for the school newspaper diplomatically.

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.

A number of conservative students told me they felt Republican ideas were frequently caricatured and rarely presented fairly. Did the dearth of conservative professors on campus and apparent marginalization of ideas on the right belie the university's commitment to providing a marketplace of ideas?

In my column, published in the campus newspaper The Oregon Daily Emerald June 1, I suggested that such a disparity hurt UO. I argued that the lifeblood of higher education was subjecting students to diverse viewpoints and the university needed to work on attracting more conservative professors.

I also suggested that students working on right-leaning ideas may have difficulty finding faculty mentors. I couldn't imagine, for instance, that journalism that supported the Iraq war or gun rights would be met with much enthusiasm.

What I didn't realize is that journalism that examined the dominance of liberal ideas on campus would be addressed with hostility.

A professor who confronted me declared that he was "personally offended" by my column. He railed that his political viewpoints never affected his teaching and suggested that if I wanted a faculty with Republicans I should have attended a university in the South. "If you like conservatism you can certainly attend the University of Texas and you can walk past the statue of Jefferson Davis everyday on your way to class," he wrote in an e-mail.

I was shocked by such a comment, which seemed an attempt to link Republicans with racist orthodoxy. When I wrote back expressing my offense, he neither apologized nor clarified his remarks.

Instead, he reiterated them on the record. Was such a brazen expression of partisanship representative of the faculty as a whole? I decided to speak with him in person in the hope of finding common ground.

He was eager to chat, and after five minutes our dialogue bloomed into a lively discussion. As we hammered away at the issue, one of his colleagues with whom he shared an office grew visibly agitated. Then, while I was in mid-sentence, she exploded.

"You think you're so [expletive] cute with your little column," she told me. "I read your piece and all you want is attention. You're just like Bill O'Reilly. You just want to get up on your [expletive] soapbox and have people look at you."

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.

Read the whole thing - it's excellent.

CSM (http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0713/p09s02-coop.html)

Teetop
07-15-2009, 04:40 PM
It's not really a problem they are mostly democrat. The problem is, they are very liberal. I was born a raised a democrat, but I'm conservative. I am a dying breed...

megimoo
07-15-2009, 08:28 PM
Read the whole thing - it's excellent.

CSM (http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0713/p09s02-coop.html)
The hippies of the '60' who took degrees in education now saturate the faculty's of every large College in America.They are of the radical generation who hate everything American and especially the American military .
They are arrested into an anti war/anti American mentality and expose every class they teach to their bias .

They threaten and badger any student who opposes their political tirades in their classrooms.and they graduate generation after generation of little brain washed liberal/progressives .

marinejcksn
07-15-2009, 08:42 PM
Watch "Indoctrinate U" if you want a good idea on just how much the centers of "Higher Learning" handle dissenting (read: Conservative or Libertarian) ideals.

I plan on making a splash when I start studying Economics at Penn State in August. I've already bought some new T-Shirts:

http://rlv.zcache.com/liberal_democrats_crashed_our_economy_tshirt-p235358591657126948y8eu_400.jpg

http://thisainthell.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/welcome_back_carter.jpg

:D

megimoo
07-15-2009, 08:46 PM
Watch "Indoctrinate U" if you want a good idea on just how much the centers of "Higher Learning" handle dissenting (read: Conservative or Libertarian) ideals.

I plan on making a splash when I start studying Economics at Penn State in August. I've already bought some new T-Shirts:

http://rlv.zcache.com/liberal_democrats_crashed_our_economy_tshirt-p235358591657126948y8eu_400.jpg

http://thisainthell.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/welcome_back_carter.jpg

:DYour grades will suffer if you cross these tyrants in their own classrooms.Lots of ex military have had trouble with these liberal swine !

Rockntractor
07-15-2009, 08:56 PM
trouble with these liberal swine !

Hey!
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/sittingPig-2.gif?t=1247705784

Elspeth
07-15-2009, 09:46 PM
The hippies of the '60' who took degrees in education now saturate the faculty's of every large College in America.They are of the radical generation who hate everything American and especially the American military .
They are arrested into an anti war/anti American mentality and expose every class they teach to their bias .

They threaten and badger any student who opposes their political tirades in their classrooms.and they graduate generation after generation of little brain washed liberal/progressives .


Considering how many of these academics take money from the Federal government for their "research", you think they'd be grateful.

Lanie
07-15-2009, 11:10 PM
It's not really a problem they are mostly democrat. The problem is, they are very liberal. I was born a raised a democrat, but I'm conservative. I am a dying breed...

No, you're not. Most Democrats are moderate. Universities are a world within itself. It's an activist's haven.

Lanie
07-15-2009, 11:12 PM
Your grades will suffer if you cross these tyrants in their own classrooms.Lots of ex military have had trouble with these liberal swine !


Most Economics Professors are fiscally conservative, so I think he might get along just fine.

Shannon
07-15-2009, 11:25 PM
I had the time of my life taunting lib teachers in college. As long as you do your work well, they have no choice but to grade you accordingly. I practically begged the dipshits to grade me poorly. They never did.:(

Teetop
07-15-2009, 11:52 PM
I had the time of my life taunting lib teachers in college. As long as you do your work well, they have no choice but to grade you accordingly. I practically begged the dipshits to grade me poorly. They never did.:(

Trouble-maker....

:)

Rockntractor
07-15-2009, 11:53 PM
Trouble-maker....

:)
Carefull! did you read my whiny thread?

Jfor
07-16-2009, 12:40 AM
I am starting back to school next month. About a year and half to finish the bachelor's and then my master's and I will hopefully be teaching.

noonwitch
07-16-2009, 08:31 AM
Most Economics Professors are fiscally conservative, so I think he might get along just fine.



That's what I was thinking, that he obviously wasn't taking any econ classes. There are always a couple of conservative history profs, too. I had one that taught the Vietnam Era class, which was kind of interesting, as the mass culture and liberal teachers I had in elementary school during that actual era had a very different take on the times.