Thursday, December 30, 2004

Conservative Students, Liberal Profs. Here is a fun story from CNN. Those of us with right wing views who work in higher education are used to being in an environment where the dominant views on everything are filtered through a very distinct liberal bias. You just get used to it and learn not to speak up too much. Diversity doesn't include your views. Academic freedom only protects the politically correct. Many conservative students though haven't had time to learn this and they are fighting back. It is a hopeless cause but it is nice to see some resistance to the campus thought police.

From the site:

Traditionally, clashes over academic freedom have pitted politicians or administrators against instructors who wanted to express their opinions and teach as they saw fit. But increasingly, it is students who are invoking academic freedom, claiming biased professors are violating their right to a classroom free from indoctrination.

In many ways, the trend echoes past campus conflicts -- but turns them around. Once, it was liberal campus activists who cited the importance of "diversity" in pressing their agendas for curriculum change. Now, conservatives have adopted much of the same language in calling for a greater openness to their viewpoints.

Similarly, academic freedom guidelines have traditionally been cited to protect left-leaning students from punishment for disagreeing with teachers about such issues as American neutrality before World War II and U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Now, those same guidelines are being invoked by conservative students who support the war in Iraq.

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