Recent events on our college campuses have shocked Americans who did not realize how radicalized our higher education system has become. Americans have understood for decades the saying: “those that can, do; those that can’t, teach.” We accepted the fact that professors tended to fall on the left side of the political spectrum.
The past 10 years have accelerated the turn to the left on our college campuses. Many schools started adopting speech rules that curtailed conservative speech while heralding leftist rants. Colleges began hiring faculty and staff that were focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Suddenly, if a professor began expressing conservative viewpoints, leftist mobs would form and demand the professors firing because he was causing the students to feel unsafe. Respected conservative authors were shouted down and forced to leave auditoriums and some were physically attacked. The colleges began caving in to the demands of the leftist mobs.
Americans have generally disapproved of these actions. What was not apparent to most people was the leftward bias in the faculty and staff hiring at most colleges. When hiring a new professor or staff person, the leftists in control at most colleges prevent anyone with a conservative viewpoint from being hired. This discrimination has a secondary impact because it causes most professors to self-censor. The few professors that are conservative learn to remain silent in order to preserve their chances for career advancement.
The result of this one-sided approach to teaching is young impressionable students are not exposed to both sides of major issues. As a result we see college students spouting anti-semetic diatribes while harassing Jewish students. The liberal elite have produced a generation that is racist and bigoted in their outlook. These young people have no reservations about shouting down the speech of people with whom they disagree.
John Ellis, professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, recently wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “An advanced society can’t tolerate the capture of its educational system by a fringe political sect that despises its Constitution and way of life.”
Ellis argues that we must get the political activists out of the classrooms and “replace them with academic thinkers and teachers.”
State lawmakers must start this process by putting conditions on public funding of colleges. Get the politics out of the classroom and allow all viewpoints to be heard. This will turn our colleges back into centers of learning where all viewpoints are debated.