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Isn't there a void that can be filled by politically balanced universities?

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Submitted by Larry Miller (United States), Apr 14, 2005 at 00:36

One might think that it would make good strategic sense for a university administration to foster an enlightened more balanced faculty, since such a university might find a niche so that it could attract the assets necessary in a prestigious institution

Funding -- there are wealthy individuals and institutions that want to support academia but are loath to send funds to the likes of Columbia knowing that those fungible funds might make their way even to Columbia's Middle East Studies Dept.

Faulty -- I don't believe that the vast majority of intelligent people are radical liberals, There must be an ample supply of talent that "doesn't fit in" well at the elite liberal Universities.

Students -- most brilliant college bound students aren't seeking a radical liberal indoctrination. I expect most well informed students and their parents would prefer, all other things equal, Universities offering a balanced (not radical liberal) student body and faculty.

At Tufts and Columbia I wasn't particularly indoctrinated by professors, but I took B.S. courses and I'm wary. For any malleable minds more interested in political science than basic science, indoctrination can have a dramatic affect. What a dereliction of duty by these universities. Instead of teaching young students to think, and providing unbiased subject matter, these professors, indoctrinate in hateful ideologies and in despising the right and embracing the left. Professors who view their job as political advocacy instead of fostering independent thinking don't belong on campus.

It would seem that many of the most prestigious Universities will continue to be suffocated by liberal thought police until it substantially hampers their fundraising. Unfortunately that won't happen anytime soon but the publicity that you and other rare advocates bring to this cause does make a big difference.

I appreciate your steadfast effort on behalf of peace, truth, and freedom of thought, and enjoy your excellent articles.

Larry
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