Universities Should Embrace Intellectual Diversity, Not Political Correctness

“Academic freedom and intellectual diversity are values indispensable to the American university… the concept of academic freedom has been premised on the idea that human knowledge is a never-ending pursuit of the truth, that there is no humanly accessible truth that is not in principle open to challenge, and that no party or intellectual faction has a monopoly on wisdom. Therefore, academic freedom is most likely to thrive in an environment of intellectual diversity that protects and fosters independence of thought and speech.” –David Horowitz, Academic Bill of Rights

The American university is heavily touted as the marketplace of ideas. All viewpoints will be tolerated, academics decry.  College is the prime time to grow as an intellectual and free thinker.  Why not expand one’s horizons and absorb information?

The best and brightest students—free from the clutches of parents and fresh out of high school—will be sent to universities to be cultivated into tomorrow’s leaders. In a typical span of four years, students will learn, make life-long friends, and become model citizens.

Many opportunities are also afforded to college students. One can study majors like architecture, journalism, political science, or bioengineering, for example. One can take classes with renowned professors. One can be active in student government, Greek life, or a political club.

What could be harmful about confiding in professors and entrusting young adults to university officials?

Much to the dismay of many, what transpires at universities nationwide is not all sunshine and lollypops.

Parents are oblivious to the reality that is the American university; which has become a hotbed for Keynesian economics, militant feminism, and political correctness, among many things. With the endless bouts of anti-Americanism, anti-Israelism, and secularism at our nation’s universities, the prevalence of liberal bias should come as no surprise.

In December, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum noted that universities have become “bastions of leftist thought” in a speech in Iowa.

He said, “They’ve (universities) become indoctrination centers for the left.”

Whether professors mouth off Marxist-Leninist ideas during lecture or ardent campus leftists call for the overthrow of capitalism, American universities have become breeding grounds for future Democratic Party loyalists and big government apparatchiks.

Have a conservative group on campus? Do not expect equal access to student funds or fair treatment by university administrations.

Profess conservative beliefs and teach? Expect to be ostracized, tormented, and possibly fired.

Fear not, the case for intellectual diversity is being made at universities.

Last week, San Diego State’s College Republican club unveiled a “Teach or Preach” list to aid students in class registration. The list group members hold is a comprehensive look into professors that preach the liberal gospel and professors that teach their subjects.

In an official press release, club president Lx Fangonilo said, “Professors have been known to completely disregard the subject that they are hired to teach and instead they use their time behind the podium to spread their personal agendas with the expectation that students will accept opinions as fact.”

Fangonilo also stated that many SDSU professors use their class time as a platform to push liberal and equally anti-American agendas.

“There are a lot of professors here who take a class period, or the whole course, to spread their political agenda,” said Lx Fangonilo, president of the club, told the U-T San Diego.

Andrew Mytelka, news editor for The Chronicle of Higher Education, also told the U-T San Diego that bias in academia is not uncommon.

“These accusations usually come from students on the right, but occasionally on the left. They are usually so subjective and not really provable it’s hard to judge the veracity. You rarely hear about any follow through unless you have a real extreme event with a professor who has a real problem,” said Mytelka.

Indoctrination should not be taken lightly. Proselytizing radical viewpoints is not conducive to quality education. Conservatives are certainly at a disadvantage; nevertheless, they should invest time to combat bias.

If you or your campus group is subjected to indoctrination or discrimination, be sure to contact the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), David Horowitz Freedom Center, or send a tip to us at TheCollegeConservative.

Gabriella Hoffman :: University of California at San Diego :: @Gabby_Hoffman



  1. 1/18/10 New York Times: “Professor Is a Label That Leans to the Left”

    The article concerns a new study of why university professors are overwhelmingly liberal. They present statistics which show that in the general work force 14% are liberal and 20% are conservative. But as to “professors,” 43% are liberal and a mere 9% are conservative.

    Predictably, the liberal professors who did the study conclude that such a disparity is caused by — conservatives! Naturally the Times article author fully endorses this theory. The idea that liberal professors would block conservatives on their staff is…well, it’s just unthinkable! “Liberal bias” is an oxymoron!

    Our K through 12 unionized government “teachers” are equally hostile to conservatism. The proof? 95% of the teacher’s union (National Education Association) political contributions go to democrats. This has been going on for many decades with the tacit approval of the vast majority of “teachers.”

    So, liberals/socialists have our education system locked up. But how about the “Fourth Estate”?

    There’s not a liberal alive who will admit that their “news” sources are biased, even though:
    -5/05 University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy survey of journalists, nationwide: 52% supported Kerry, versus 19% for Bush.
    -11/21/08 Zogby poll: The web is the most trusted news medium (over TV and print combined); Fox News is the most trusted TV news source with approval rating of 39% while CNN is rated 16% and MSNBC is 15%. Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Stephen Colbert and Chris Matthews were the least trusted, all with scores under 2%. More people in this poll identified themselves as Democrats than Republicans. A majority think the media is biased.
    -2008 Pew poll: Fox viewers are least politically skewed: Republicans 39%, Democrats 33%; CNN viewers were 51% democrat, 18% Republican.

    Polls of Americans about how they saw the Big Media’s coverage of the 2008 election:
    -Rasmussen poll: 69% thought it was pro-Obama, 6% pro-McCain
    -Pew Research poll: 67% thought it was pro-Obama, 11% pro-McCain
    -Sacred Heart University poll: 68% pro Obama, 9% pro McCain
    -Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll: 67% pro-Obama, 11% pro-McCain

    8/27/10 The Examiner: “Obama, Democrats got 88% of 2008 contributions by TV network execs, writers, reporters”: Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democratic candidates and campaign committees in 2008. Democratic total of $1,020,816 was given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks, with an average contribution of $880. By contrast, only 193 of the employees contributed to Republican candidates and campaign committees, for a total of $142,863.

    And never forget: Scratch a liberal/socialist and underneath you’ll find a type “A,” close-minded controller:
    -11/18/10 Senator Jay Rockefeller said: “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC, ‘Out. Off. End. Good-bye” (knowing that Fox is at the top cable news channel and MSNBC is at the bottom).
    -3/22/11, The Blaze: “They [the Tea Partiers] don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution, but we’ll give it to them anyway.” Democrat Senator Lautenberg.
    -1/7/11 CBS News: President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans.

  2. Should anyone bother to utilize the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, they might understand what ACCOUNTABILITY is all about and maybe even take it upon themselves to MAINTAIN THEIR GOVERNMENT outside of just voting, if they bother to do that and start DEMANDING FULL ACCOUNTABILITY of their fellow citizens that are taxing the system?

  3. It is disturbing how propagandized colleges and universities are these days. Students with different opinions are treated like scum and the rest of the class permits it. Horrible.

    However, for some conservatives going to a college filled with liberal-communistic professors is a great way to have fun! That’s what I plan on doing when I go (i. e. debate).

  4. It seems that most educated people tend to be liberal. The more you learn, the more you realize just how provincial and dogmatic conservatism is.

  5. Thank you, Elitist Lil, for the perfect statement epitomizing liberal arrogance.

    But don’t blame her, she was born with a brain that works differently:

    -10/28/10 NBC news: University of California at Davis and Harvard University find “Liberal Gene” as partial answer as to why liberals think the way.

  6. Awesome post, i really appreciate it. Thank you.

  7. Jim, I look up the study.
    “According to researchers, they determined that people “with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be liberal as adults.” However, the, subjects were only more likely to have leanings to the left if they were also socially active during adolescence.
    “It is the crucial interaction of two factors — the genetic predisposition and the environmental condition of having many friends in adolescence — that is associated with being more liberal,” according to the study.'”
    Source: Scientists Find ‘Liberal Gene’ | NBC San Diego

    So, yes, I had friends in high school because I wasn’t home-schooled by Christian fundamentalists.

  8. looked*

    I know this mistake will now peg me as an uneducated person.

  9. Ever ask yourself why you’re a liberal? I didn’t, for the first 40 years of my life. Then I found out that my “news” sources weren’t news at all. They were socialists pushing for…socialism. My paragons of “truth” were Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather who, it turns out, were more into propaganda than honest reporting:

    -Walter Cronkite, speaking at the UN in 1999: “It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the UN as a first step toward a world government.”
    -Dan Rather, speaking on CBS Evening News, 6/17/87 : “Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy.”

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