Prof. Claims There’s No Liberal Bias in Academia
just an “anti-intellectual” ploy
This professor should try being a conservative student for one week and see if he still believes this.
Campus Reform reports:
Prof denies that college campuses are ‘liberal echo chambers’
A Colby College professor is railing against the idea of liberal echo chambers on campus, claiming it is just an “anti-intellectual” ploy to undermine the credibility of academic experts.
In an op-ed for The New Republic, Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon slams what he calls Nicholas Kristof’s “hobbyhorse,” referring to several pieces Kristof has written regarding liberal intolerance on college campuses.
“Too often, we embrace diversity of all kinds except for ideological…We want to be inclusive of people who don’t look like us—so long as they think like us,” Kristof wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times earlier this month.
Hanlon admits that “there’s certainly room for more ideological diversity on campus,” but comes to the conclusion that the claim of bias against conservatives is not only exaggerated, but is a tool used by the right to “undermine[s] the credibility of people speaking from academic and pedagogical expertise.”
According to Hanlon, examples of actual liberal bias on campus are few and far between and isolated to small liberal arts colleges—which average students don’t attend.
“Kristof generalizes about liberal intolerance on campus and cites extreme examples, such as Oberlin students’ protest of a local bakery accused (wrongly, it seems) of racial profiling,” Hanlon argues, ignoring the large number of liberal bias stories that have originated at public universities, as reported by outlets like Campus Reform.
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Notice the implication is that conservatism is anti-intellectual. We’re all mouth-breathing troglodytes, and hence our views don’t deserve serious consideration. That’s a convenient way for them to avoid any scrutiny of their own worldview ~
I would love to express my views publicly, under my own name. But I’ll get fired for my views. (Yes, I’m tenured.) Fortunately, this does not keep me from teaching my students to think for themselves using reason and evidence, not feelings.