Monday, January 22, 2007

Rainbow T. LoveBeads, C.E.O.?

Anyone interested in the debate over supposed liberal bias in academia must go read this new report by *gasp* an actual education policy researcher named John Lee. Yes, the report was funded by Free Exchange on Campus, which opposes bias diviners like David Horowitz, but it's interesting in that it's not arguing that campuses aren't liberal, but only showing that the "research" showing that liberal bias exists on campus is damned sketchy.

The Free Exchange blog offers a snarky post about how Lee simply fails to understand "researchiness."
(I)t seems unfair that there is this new report out "The 'Faculty Bias Studies': Science or Propaganda" that is trying to hold a set of recent researchiness studies to scientific standards. C'mon. These are not supposed to be actual research studies. They aren't looking to discover anything. They are trying to prove what they already know!

So, you can just go tell this Dr. John Lee to take his "social science criteria" and his "findings" and go back to wherever he came from (my bet is some university!). These pseudo-scientists already know what they know and there are just trying to put together some baseless claims evidence to support for their predetermined positions.
The report is an interesting read.

For my part, I've always wondered why the Horowitzian crowd can't understand that, even if there are more Democrats working in academia, that doesn't mean there's a conspiracy to blame for that. Being an academic, to me, just seems like something in which a left-leaning person would be more interested. What young right winger is sitting around right now dreaming of the day he can share a cramped, book-clogged office with a post-modernist literature professor who specializes in deconstructing literature according to the teachings of Jacques Lacan?

Should liberals be trying to force Congress to pass a "Business Bill of Rights" to force companies to let more dirty hippies run their companies?

1 Comments:

Anonymous Dirty Hippy said...

Should liberals be trying to force Congress to pass a "Business Bill of Rights" to force companies to let more dirty hippies run their companies?

Yes. Yes they should.

6:54 PM  

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