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March 29, 2005

Liberal bias in college professors

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post reports that a recent study shows a significantly large difference in liberal and conservative professors in the nation's colleges. This has been a concern for many years in the conservative community. While Kurtz tries to convince the reader that there are very rarely issues for conservative students, and
"The study did not attempt to examine whether the political views of faculty members affect the content of their courses."
there still exists a credible problem of students being ostracized for their viewpoints.

These issues are addressed at AcademicBias.com. Run by Stuart Browning, Blaine Greenberg, and Evan Coyne Maloney (an aspiring documentary maker who is most well known for his website Brain Terminal), this site features a blog of specific instances of forced political beliefs and a short preview film (45 minutes long) called Brainwashing 101. Interestingly enough, he has posted a snippet of Mr. Kurtz's article on this website not two hours ago. The blog covers as many of these issues as can be covered. Highly suggested, though personally, I prefer Brain Terminal myself.

Some people like to call Maloney the conservative Michael Moore. This is not an accurate parallel. Moore tries to convince people through deceit and adjusted sound bytes. Maloney is honest, and will include the entire response from those he interviews, rather than only the small snippets that could be construed to mean something else.

Fortunately, there is little to be concerned about at the University of Virginia in terms of academic bias, but this blog shows that it does exist, and that the students need to be aware of it when they make decisions about what they are being taught.