Harrumphing about activist students only identifies half of the campus problem. The activist departments and professors are a far bigger threat to academic freedom than students are.
An education is supposed to open your mind to many points of view across a broad range of subjects. But 39 percent of liberal arts colleges have no registered Republican professors. Zero.
Even at a small New England college of modest reputation, one voice of dissent is one too many, and the entire apparatus of the college administration moves to silence him.
Over time, progressive teachers have created acolytes who see themselves not as critical thinkers, but as crusaders for a leftist agenda.
A long list of professors have agreed to challenge their classrooms, and this will make a difference within the lecture halls, but that’s not enough.
The American Association of University Professors formerly promoted academic freedom that balances the privileges of additional speech protections with accompanying duties. No more.
Widespread shock and denial over Brexit reveals just how entrenched higher education groupthink has become. How do we bring back ideological diversity?
If what Frank Smith observed is true, one group of students would be dramatically influenced by their professors’ liberalism: the students who see themselves becoming professors.
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