How our colleges are failing liberal students

Too often, American college students face a one-question test, based not on facts, but on ideology. The test: “Are you a liberal, or conservative?”

The correct answer is, “I’m a liberal, and proud of it.”

That concerns me, but I’m not worried much about the students who get it wrong. I’m worried about those who get it right.

The young people that our educational system is failing are the students on the Left. We promise to educate them, but they aren’t being challenged, and don’t learn to think.

I was Chair of Political Science at Duke for ten years. At a meeting of department heads, we heard from the chair of one our Departments of Indignation Studies. “I find that I don’t really need to spend much time with the liberal students,” he said, “because they already have it right. I spend most of my time arguing with the conservative students. That’s how I spend my time in class.”

This woman was teaching conservative students how to think about arguments and evidence; how to make your arguments in a persuasive way. She was educating them. Her liberal students? They were given that one-question test, and practically no further instruction after that.

  • Patricia

    You need a t-shirt that says I worked at Duke 10 years and all I got was a lousy t-shirt

    • University is such a waste.

      • Dana Garcia

        At least Pol Pot indoctrinated the masses for free. Now young people borrow big money for college to learn about the advantages of socialism and diversity.

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      • Jabberwokk

        They have found us…..release the drones!

  • Paulla

    I’d respond “I don’t know. Define Liberal.”

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    What are conservative kids doing in those courses?

  • Hard Little Machine

    And Duke isn’t particularly liberal by any stretch of the imagination. Down the road UNC Chapel Hill they have public floggings of anyone to the right of Pol Pot.

  • David Murrell

    Fur, this sounds interesting, but I think you lost the link. But, in actuality, the writer is correct. Faculties of liberal arts are going downhill, big time.

  • J. C.

    Universities are nothing more than leftist indoctrination centers these days. Send your kids to trade school instead… That way, when civilization collapses they’ll be able to fend for themselves and not starve to death while waiting for government assistance.

  • Kathy Nelson

    I was asked this question when I was in school. My reply to a stunned teacher – I’m and anarchist.