It should come as no surprise that most University professors are liberal. What is surprising is the extent of the bias and how conservative students are intimidated to the point that they keep their political views “in the closet” for fear of retribution.
An article in the January issue of Boston Magazine spoke about research conducted by Samuel Abrams, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College, in New York. Abrams tabulated 25 years of worth of statistics from the Higher Education Research Institute and learned that in New England colleges, liberal faculty outnumber conservative faculty by a ratio of 28 to 1. The rest of the country has a ratio closer to 5 to 1, slightly better but still an indication that our kids of college are being brainwashed. The Liberal-Conservative ratio has gotten much wider in the past twenty-five years.
“It astonished me,” said Abrams, whose research revealed that conservative professors weren’t just rare; they were being pushed to the edge of extinction (…)Creative problem-solving is going to suffer,” Abrams says, arguing that ideological homogeneity does not prepare students for life after graduation. “The goal of college is to give you multiple viewpoints and to grow your mind, not to just be comfortable in your own bubble. The real world is not full of progressives.”
To prove the point, Boston Magazine interviewed some students at Brandies a New England school and “among the 35 most competitive universities in the country.”
They found that there are some conservative students at the school “but those on the right are admittedly fearful of sharing their views.”
“Politics is something I don’t talk about with many people at all because of the ramifications,” says Mark Gimelstein, a senior at Brandeis and president of Brandeis Conservatives. A small campus group, it drew a handful of attendees to the weekly meetings I sat in on throughout October. None supported Trump; one student present was a liberal who kept showing up because he enjoyed the conversation; and several other members leaned more libertarian than conservative.
Gimelstein speaks highly of the quality of education he’s received, but says there is an undeniable liberal slant among his professors that has ranged over the years from annoying to detrimental. “My intro to microeconomics course, I won’t name the professor, but he literally yelled that he hated Republicans in class,” Gimelstein says. Though it was intended to be more humorous than mean-spirited, it had a chilling effect. “While all my classmates were laughing along, I wasn’t laughing,” he says. “It was kind of insulting and it made it harder to have a productive conversation.”
“Another student, Michael Musto, a senior explained that when conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly died “one of his professors quipped, ‘There’s a special place in hell for people like her.’” But only a month later when liberal activist Tom Hayden passed away, that same professor gave Hayden glowing eulogy.
“The average student who is just trying to study gets the impression of, ‘Oh man, those evil right-wingers,’” says Musto, who identifies as a Libertarian. Frustrating as it is for him, Musto keeps a low profile for fear of being that guy in the eyes of the person who will be grading his papers. Like other Brandeis conservatives, he says, “I never really speak up.”