Friday, February 25, 2005
Interesting post that has what I believe to be a screen shot of a poll taken regarding the voting habits of college professors. Pretty huge discrepancy between democratic voting professors and republican ones - 15 to 1 overall and up to 30 to 1 in some disciplines.

No surprise that professors trend democratic, but the disparity as found by this poll is pretty shocking. Personally, I like to listen or read opposing viewpoints as I think it is a good thing to test your personal opinions, and also it sharpens your critical thinking skills. But when you get a 15 to 1 disparity it makes you start to wonder if colleges (where the marketplace of ideas should really be flourishing) have stopped serving that purpose and have become more of a pulpit to push one agenda? I don't really care what agenda they are pushing, but I do care if they are starting to just have one single viewpoint. There is really no point to college if the beliefs and opinions you have prior to going to college are not tested by the experience.
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