, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 267-278
Date: 27 Apr 2012

Recalibrating Academic Bias

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Whether political and/or religious academic bias exists is a question with important ramifications for our educational institutions. Those arguing for the presence of such bias contend that political conservatives and the highly religious in academia are marginalized and face discrimination.

Daniel B. Klein and Charlotta Stern, “Groupthink in Academia: Majoritarian Departmental Politics and the Professional Pyramid,” in The Politically Correct University: Problems, Scope, and Reforms, ed. Robert Maranto, Richard E. Redding, and Frederick M. Hess (Washington, DC: AEI Press, 2009); Roger Kimball, Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education (New York: Harper & Row, 1990); Charles Sykes, The Hollow Men: Politics and Corruption in Higher Education (Washington, DC: Regnery Gateway, 1990).

For them, this bias leads to the indoctrination of college students not exposed to ideas contrary to those promoted by political progressives.

David Horowitz, Indoctrination U: The Left’ ...