You can find the details at Stop the ACLU, but the real kicker is this pretty little pie chart:
This, of course, comes as no surprise to any
conservative that's ever deigned to enter the halls of academia. The question I'd be interested in learning is why
these numbers skew as hard as they do to the left-hand side of the spectrum? Are there really that few conservatives willing to enter the teaching profession, as the old stereotype of us being profit
-driven holds? Or, perhaps, could this dramatic bias be due to the fact that the left-hand side of the spectrum dominates
the hiring and tenure committees at these very same Universities?
It doesn't appear that this particular study dealt with questions like this, but it would certainly be something interesting to know. Rachel, if you're reading this, do you have any theories on why this pattern consistently comes up in surveys of university professors?
Oh, and as an aside, I'm very
pleased that my very own George Mason University was involved in this research. While I occasionally share my gripes about the school
, I can't be clear enough in saying that it is one of the most conservative Universities
I've ever seen. (I've really been falling behind in maintaining that category, incidentally. There've been plenty of times I've been walking across campus, and suddenly gotten a big, fat tear of joy in my eye upon reading some of the sidewalk scrawlings on campus.) It really is an awesome place to go and study
, so long as you never need to deal with the History or Social Sciences departments.Update: Soccer Dad
sends this link
, which is on a similar vein. As academia goes, so follows the media? Or is this another example of "the jobs conservatives won't do?" Thanks alot, SD!
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