Thanks to one of my readers for alerting me to a piece by the Claremont Institute on academia's decidedly liberal bent. What amazes me about this "not so new" news, is how many academic and professional historians have come to this blog claiming no such bias exists and criticizing me for pointing out something that is, at best, "anecdotal evidence." As I say quite often, that pile of anecdotal evidence is looking more and more like an elephant hiding under a rug. Even if they don't like to admit this bias, you would think they'd at least not make public denials - aren't they worried about their own credibility?
In his convocation address at the start of this school year, Barry Mills, the president of Bowdoin College, raised an important concern facing all elite liberal arts colleges, though he spoke specifically of his own school. A number of parents, he said, are unwilling to send their children to Bowdoin or to its sister schools because they are perceived to be too liberal, too out of touch with mainstream America. To his credit, Mr. Mills acknowledged this concern as legitimate. Bowdoin, he said, would benefit from a greater "diversity of views," though, as he candidly admitted, he was at a loss as to how to make it happen.
Read the complete piece here.