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The Weblog at The View from the Core - Mon. 12/13/04 08:17:22 AM

It Doesn't Get Much Plainer

Margaret Havemann writes at the Daily Michigan, the newspaper of the University of Michigan, Dec. 10:

Many students at top schools, like the University say that not only are they exposed to liberal viewpoints during lectures, but also that they must agree with their professors’ political views to succeed in classes, according to a new study....
Monika Chaudhry, an LSA freshman from Ohio, describes herself as very conservative. Even though she is taking English literature classes, she said most of her professors have liberal political views.
“I came to Michigan knowing that it was a very liberal school, so I was prepared to not take offense,” said Chaudhry.
But she said what tipped her off to the liberal bias was when her professors, who had been vocal about the presidential election all year, suddenly lost their voice when President Bush won last month’s election.
“This silence,” she said, “revealed a lot about their political views.”
John Campbell, a professor of political science with avowedly liberal views, said the liberal tilt in the social science faculty is only natural.
Those people attracted to teaching are usually those who are interested in current events, he said. And those who keep up with current events by reading the newspaper and watching the news are more likely than not going to be left-leaning, he added. “The liberal position just makes more sense.”

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Mon. 12/13/04 08:17:22 AM
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