Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Campus conservative crybabies.

Why is it that when some departments are staffed by people who self-identify as "liberal" (regardless of whether they bring these views into the classroom as dogma), conservatives have big student gatherings about how it's oh, so unfair. And yet, when some departments are staffed by people who self-identify as "conservative" (by the same token, regardless of whether they bring these views into the classroom as dogma) -- such as business, for one -- it's suddenly not a problem? I would really appreciate it if these conservative groups would simply stop lying. They don't want to "counter liberal bias", they want to introduce indoctrination towards the conservative point of view.

I've had left-leaning profs, and right-leaning ones. On the whole, their views are far too nuanced and complex to be wholly grouped one way or the other. Moreover, they've never suggested that their views are beyond question. That's what made them good profs: they had their views, they could (and would) defend them, but were always willing to hold their views up to scrutiny. That's the ideal that should be defended; trying to "balance" every professor who voted one way with a professor who voted another is asinine.

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