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(Inside Higher Ed)   U. of Colorado investigated for lack of faculty political diversity. Faculty: But we have leftists, radicals, progressives, socialists, communists, Stalinists, Marxists, Bolsheviks, Trotskyites, Maoists...how much more diversity do you want?   (insidehighered.com ) divider line
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2013-06-22 04:31:24 PM  

themindiswatching: Yawn. This is the same kind of shiat the local College Republicans always complained about when I was in college.

/that and the bake sales


The only difference is that it's the Regents complaining in this case.  The problem is that, in Colorado, the Regents are mostly conservative, while CU Boulder is regarded by their constituents as being 100% hippie, so they basically get elected on a platform of biatching about the flagship and creating annoying mandates.  They have no incentive to help the University.

Meanwhile, state funding only makes up 4% of the total University budget.

It's the ultimate conservative wet dream of lots of power to fark with something they dislike without paying for the privilege.  If only the same system could be applied to those lazy poor people.
 
2013-06-22 04:53:10 PM  
Whatever happened to that crazy indian that use to teach there?
 
2013-06-22 05:28:23 PM  

cchris_39: Whatever happened to that crazy indian that use to teach there?


Fired.  He challenged it in court and lost.
 
2013-06-22 05:32:35 PM  

Somacandra: It should be too obvious to point out, but then again, I'm a faculty member so I'll do it anyway: The personal politics of professors are not what should be surveyed. The question, if any, lies in how courses are being taught. What they need to do is survey the course syllabus with some targeted class observation. Its the same in journalism--what views journalists have don't matter--the importance lies in how news stories are written, edited and chosen in the first place. That's a much more difficult task to survey but ultimately its the only way to find out what you want to know. The fact that the Regents probably won't be doing such an accurate survey suggests they already know what they want to find. Prove me wrong, Regents. Prove me wrong.


This bears repeating.

The professor who taught my history of political theory class in undergrad was legendary at the school for being morally and philosophically opposed to revolutions based on his interpretation of Romans 13 (let every soul be subject to the governing authority). The rest of the history faculty would even crack jokes about it. Yet, when we got to Marxism and then to liberation theology in political theory, he went out of his way to make sure that he was giving us the best versions of those philosophies. We all knew that he didn't believe in any revolutionary political philosophies, but when he taught those to us, if you'd been in the room without knowing context you'd think he believed in violently overthrowing the bourgeois oppressors.
 
2013-06-22 05:39:04 PM  
Well, UC Boulder  did employ Ward Churchill for years. Any other times I've come across the work of philosophy professors there, it's always pretty (extremely) left-leaning. Wouldn't surprise me if they do find significant bias.
 
2013-06-22 05:45:45 PM  
BarkingUnicorn:
What website are you talking about?

Same one in the article. I just went to its mainpage.
 
2013-06-22 06:09:24 PM  

JonZ1618: Well, UC Boulder  did employ Ward Churchill for years. Any other times I've come across the work of philosophy professors there, it's always pretty (extremely) left-leaning. Wouldn't surprise me if they do find significant bias.


Yes, any left leaning thought should be hounded out of existence and our educational institutions purified.
 
2013-06-22 06:23:26 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: JonZ1618: Well, UC Boulder  did employ Ward Churchill for years. Any other times I've come across the work of philosophy professors there, it's always pretty (extremely) left-leaning. Wouldn't surprise me if they do find significant bias.

Yes, any left leaning thought should be hounded out of existence and our educational institutions purified.


I bet he's still trying to figure out why philosophy, a field of academia decried by conservatives as serving absolutely no purpose, isn't brimming with conservative members.
 
2013-06-22 06:30:41 PM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: cchris_39: Whatever happened to that crazy indian that use to teach there?

Fired.  He challenged it in court and lost.


If I remember right, on a second appeal, he won, but the judge found him so despicable he award Churchill $1.00.
 
2013-06-22 06:31:35 PM  
+ed. He awarded.
 
2013-06-23 01:58:57 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: PsiChick: I have a feeling there  is a bias among academia, because Republicans don't  want to be teachers. They honestly think that those who can't do, teach (along with a myriad of other beliefs that make then honestly incompetent in both the sciences and liberal arts). So yeah...you did it to yourselves.

THIS.  It's like complaining that the NBA doesn't have enough short people who hate basketball in it.


THIS2. Also nice analogy, LDA! I totes LOL'd.
 
2013-06-23 02:43:14 AM  

Smackledorfer: My econ professor was a conservative.

I don't see him supporting the modern republican party. He taught us trickle down was a farking joke.

/didn't like high deficit spending either fwiw.


I'm convinced all of the Traditional VAL-YEWS, Bibley stuff is just a gimmick utilized by the Republicans to get in good with the average Midwestern Churchy voter. (This is so they can hide the fact that they haven't really been for small spending , unobtrusive government for a long time.)
 
2013-06-23 07:18:12 AM  
Because people should be hired based on political ideology than on ability? So basically conservatives are saying they need some sort of "affirmative action" to get jobs in academia?
 
2013-06-23 07:25:42 AM  

heavymetal: Because people should be hired based on political ideology than on ability? So basically conservatives are saying they need some sort of "affirmative action" to get jobs in academia?


Yeah, but their version of affirmative action.  The highly impractical and unbalanced dramatized version that lets street urchins and threats to the gene pool steal jobs from the entitled pristine.
 
2013-06-23 07:26:57 AM  
The Republicans have already almost gotten obesity to minority status, now they want stupidity to be protected too.
 
2013-06-23 10:08:51 AM  

TacitusProximus: Skirl Hutsenreiter: cchris_39: Whatever happened to that crazy indian that use to teach there?

Fired.  He challenged it in court and lost.

If I remember right, on a second appeal, he won, but the judge found him so despicable he award Churchill $1.00.


Well, IIRC, his only argument was that they never would have found his gross academic misconduct if they hasn't gone looking for a reason to fire him after the "little Eichmanns" business.

Not an endearing stance.
 
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