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.

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