Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Political Diversity On Campus

More and more, conservative college students are using the courts to protect their rights to politically-free college classrooms. With so many professors and administrators emphasizing the "liberal" in liberal arts, right-leaning students have turned the tables on the liberals who used activism in the 60's and 70's to gain control on so many campuses.

A former liberal activist turned conservative agitator, David Horowitz, is at the forefront of this movement. So is the group Students For Academic Freedom (SAF). They provide a basic "bill of rights" for students, helping explain what is and isn't appropriate, and they offer suggestions for students seeking recourse for political bias they encounter on campus.

A web site I've mentioned before,, provides a forum for students to post experiences of political intolerance on campus. Some examples:

In a Georgia State University history class:
"...On the first day of class, the professor (who was British) made fun of President Bush, lamented the Bourgeoisie, praised Marx, said that workers should own the means of production (but did not admit that the stock market is for that purpose), and said the only way the problems of the masses are ever solved are through "Revolution", which she wrote emphatically and in very large letters on the board. "

In a course on Chinese religions at Vasser College:
"The most prominent bias was the professor's negative attitude towards President Bush, who he derided several times throughout the course. In two unique situations, he questioned us (the students) on our opinions towards war with Iraq and the death penalty -- it was quite noticeable from earlier comments and his tone that he was in opposition to both."

From University of California - Berkeley RA Training seminar:
"She referred to a hall with pictures of donors to a college as the "Hall of Shame" instead of the "Hall of Fame" because the donors were white."

Also from University of California - Berkeley, a Molecular and Cell Biology course:
"The professor dedicated 30 minutes of a 1.5 hour lecture to letting about 10 individuals speak out about the reasons students in this 700+ student class should dissent against the war."

From a Notre Dame Intro to American Gov't. course:
" [The professor] made it very clear from day 1 that he was a liberal democrat, and that liberal democrats were 'right' and 'the light side of the force'. His stated goal was to win students over to the cause of liberalism."