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Battleplans

September 6, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

AgapePress has an article about Young America’s Foundation plans to “confront liberalism on campus.” Here’s a quick summary:

Among other things, the “Battleplan” encourages conservative students to promote intellectual diversity at their schools by investigating school’s funding practices, and by examining reading assignments and the voter registrations of professors for evidence of anti-conservative or pro-liberal bias. This month, however, Coyle says perhaps the most relevant way for conservative students to get involved is to honor victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

So, you’ll have to explain to me how these things promote “intellectual diversity.” Investigating funding sources? What, are you going to stop colleges from taking money from groups you disagree with? Separating schools from their money – there’s an idea bound to succeed. Examining reading assignments? Is anyone else a bit concerned about the students evaluating the material they’re supposed to be learning. There are certain extremes that anyone can spot (if someone says Stalin was a pretty cool guy, I give you permission to take the issue to David Horowitz), but those seem fairly rare. The last one is to examine the voter registrations of professors. I’m of the opinion that professors should be evaluated individually, not by party registration that probably has little to do with whatever subject the professor teaches. Deciding whether such a person is fair and gives a good overview of the scholarship on a subject doesn’t require a voter registration card.

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  1. September 7, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    I for one would never dream of taking music appreciation from a libertarian.

  2. September 7, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    Matt, it shows.

  3. September 8, 2006 at 10:30 am

    Great suggestions, Jeff. Only that would involve conservatives actually challenging their own assumptions, which they apparently are incapable of.

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