Liberal faculty wrapping college students in bubble wrap
A new UCLA study shows the ratio of liberal college professors to conservatives has become increasingly tilted. “Progressives” now outnumber conservatives by 5-to-1.
And some observers believe that ratio is considerably greater, perhaps even 9-to-1, depending on how “conservatism” is defined.
According to the University of California at Los Angeles' Higher Education Research Institute, 60 percent of professors identified themselves as “liberal” in 2014 compared with 42 percent in 1990. Conversely, the number of conservative professors dropped by nearly 6 percent.
And the effect on campus culture? Given liberals' penchant for control, the free-speech movement of the '60s has been supplanted by campus “safe zones” and crackdowns on any speech deemed “hateful.”
“It's been frustrating” watching the trend in speech suppression, says Greg Lukianoff, author of “Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate.”
Penn State associate professor Matthew Woessner questions the effect of this trend on the national political discourse. Today, the average political scientist is a “mainstream” liberal, says Professor Carson Holloway of the University of Nebraska Omaha.
But even more disturbing, the overly protective bubble wrap in which liberal academia binds students is poor preparation for the real world's harsh realities.