Education

New Study Shows Why Conservative College Students Keep Their Political Views ‘in the Closet’

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Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz
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.

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“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 sh…

Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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About the author

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (Lidblog.com), contributing reporter at MRCTV.org and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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