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Academic Freedom

October 7, 2005 • Volume 15, Issue 35
Are liberals stifling conservative views on campus?
By Marcia Clemmitt

Introduction

A poster that questions the objectivity of a course at Ball State University shows students getting high grades if they follow their saxophone-playing professor's ideology. Students for Academic Freedom contend the course in peace studies is biased because it discusses only peaceful means of resolving conflict, a charge the university rejects. The group says a nationwide campus climate stifles conservative ideas.  (Students for Academic Freedom)
A poster that questions the objectivity of a course at Ball State University shows students getting high grades if they follow their saxophone-playing professor's ideology. Students for Academic Freedom contend the course in peace studies is biased because it discusses only peaceful means of resolving conflict, a charge the university rejects. The group says a nationwide campus climate stifles conservative ideas. (Students for Academic Freedom)

Bolstered by studies that show college instructors are overwhelmingly left-leaning Democrats, conservative groups are raising alarms about what they call political indoctrination on campus. Students who complain that professors ridicule their conservative religious and political views have turned for protection to campus speech codes instituted in the 1980s to protect women and minority students. Other groups are pushing hard to get the codes eliminated, arguing that they enforce left-wing ideological conformity. A growing number of Web sites collect and publicize reports of politically biased professors, courses and departments, as conservatives accuse academics of voicing opinions that could weaken public resolve in a time of war. In response, Congress and 18 states are considering legislation that would require publicly funded universities to ensure there is a diversity of opinion on campus and that students don't feel put upon by professors' views.

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