Tuesday, March 29, 2005

American Colleges Shifting Left

As reported in Newsmax today, a conservative group ( The Randolph Foundation ), has found that seventy-two percent of university professors in the United States are self-identified liberals, while only fifteen percent are self-identified conservatives. The study involved 1643 full-time faculty at 183 four year schools. To conservatives this is certainly not surprising. What is shocking though, is revealed at the end of the Newsmax piece. Apparently the last major college faculty survey took place in 1984. That study was conducted by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The finding at that time was that only 39% identified themselves as liberals! Now, to be fair, we do not know whether comparable methods were used in each study, so we have to be careful not to over-interpret the data. However, a bounce from 39% to 72% is potentially a very disturbing sign. Remember, these are the teachers that will influence the leaders of tomorrow. God, save this good country!!