Study: Colleges indoctrinate students
Lesson in liberalism?
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- Date Apr 5, 2012
Lesson in liberalism?
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Public schools a new report about California's public universities is raising eyebrows and concerns about what are kids are being taught on campus to report claims left leaning professors outnumber conservative ones.
And these liberal professors are allegedly using the classroom to push in some cases a political agenda and our next guest says this problem goes well beyond California.
Peter Berkowitz is a member of the National Association of Scholars board of directors the umbrella organization of the group that conducted the study good morning -- Peter.
Good morning good to be with you it's great I -- you wrote in the -- Wall Street Journal over the weekend about this and what's happening is and and how we want you to make your case.
When when parents send their kids to college they want the kids to get both sides you know don't just tell me about the left -- just tell me about the right tell me about the world but that's not what the kids -- get.
Well parents wanted you describe it is also what liberal education not to stand for getting out there both sides of the argument presenting them fairly.
Yesterday the study the California association of scholars study shows.
That increasingly this is not the priority for professors.
Instead the priority for professors.
Is to put forward a social agenda to recruit students to that social agenda.
Right and we'd we'd heard.
We've been hearing about that how left -- -- -- but we've got some statistics we're gonna put him up.
For UC Berkeley this is the faculty.
In this sociology department they've got seventeen -- -- Democrats zero Republicans.
In the political science department 28.
Two Republicans in English department.
Republican any history 31.
You know when you -- it like that it shocking Peter.
It is shocking.
That should say it would not be so bad if all of these professors.
Were openly dedicated to the principle that in the classroom they should present both sides of the argument.
Fairly and -- even handed way in order to give students the opportunity to make up their own minds.
But what does -- -- professors are increasingly devoted to the idea that it's their job.
To inculcate in students is that correct views about how politics ought to be in those -- of their views the ones they bring to the classroom.
In the problem Peter is -- not only -- -- not only get one side of the political spectrum but also they wind up ignorant.
When with regards to literature and history and a whole lot of other stuff.
Well increasing that increasing the curriculum does not require students.
To understand the basics of history that.
To read literature English departments don't require the study of Shakespeare often not always but often.
Political science apartments in many cases don't require students to study the principles of American government.
Students are required to study the -- can elements of western civilization.
It's a huge problem.
No kidding right Peter Berkowitz a senior fellow at the Hoover institution we think your.
For joining us today.