Does it matter if PSE is “overrun by liberals”?

April 4, 2016

“Everybody loves diversity,” writes Russell Jacoby for the Chronicle of Higher Education, “it means decency and openness and we can’t get enough of it.” But what happens, he asks, when conservatives demand more representation in the academy in the name of diversity? Jacoby outlines attempts by conservatives in the US to demonstrate an imbalance in the political views of college faculty, which often lead to a demand for some sort of affirmative action directed toward right-leaning intellectuals. For these individuals, “left-wing unanimity distorts research and teaching.” But Jacoby concludes that this argument does not stand up to scrutiny, not because conservatives are wrong about a current imbalance, but because Jacoby thinks that the very argument for diversity itself should be questioned. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)