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Harvard Students Reportedly Want to be Challenged by More Conservative Scholars

Harvard Students Reportedly Want to be Challenged by More Conservative Scholars

“Much more work is needed to make this important element of diversity a priority.”

A similar thing has been happening at Brown University. Is this part of a new trend?

The College Fix reports:

Harvard students condemn liberal echo chamber; want more conservative scholars, intellectual challenges

Student leaders of the Harvard Crimson campus newspaper have come to an important conclusion: “it is impossible to make every member of the Harvard community feel completely welcome all of the time.”

They point that groundbreaking realization out in a new staff editorial that calls out the Ivy League institution for its lack of political diversity, dearth of conservative scholars, and few challenges to students’ worldviews.

They argue those are problems campus leaders must address.

The student editors cite their recent poll which found only 1.5 percent of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences identify as conservative or very conservative, compared to 83.2 percent who identify as liberal or very liberal, then essentially call on campus leaders to hire more right-of-center professors.

“These statistics do not reflect America: 35 percent of Americans identify as conservative, 23 times the fraction of the faculty survey’s respondents, and 26 percent identify as liberal. This stark divide has harmful effects on the University’s ability to train our nation’s leaders, and it risks alienating current and potential conservative students,” the Crimson argues. “It has also likely contributed to the declining trust of Americans in higher education, which has deleterious effects.”

“Much more work is needed to make this important element of diversity a priority. We believe the University must emphasize hiring professors with diverse beliefs and backgrounds who can challenge prevailing campus ideas through tough ideological conversations.”


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Alan McIntire | May 25, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Years ago, Mike Caro, a professional poker player and writer, said much the same thing in a “Gambling Times” column. You don’t get to be heavyweight boxing champion by beating up kids on the playground. You’ve got to go up against big, mean, tough guys who can block your punches and hit back hard.

Those students realize Caro was correct. They won’t become successful lawyers, writers, or whatever if they only beat up strawmen on the playground. Sooner or later they’ll have to go up against real conservatives who can easily counter their arguments and hit back hard.

Harvard fears real free thinking smart people. It makes their communist propaganda indoctrination so much harder to use.

Harvard, possibly. But Brown’s smug insularity is of another order altogether.

harleycowboy | May 27, 2018 at 10:47 am