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A Higher Education Lesson from the Nobels

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This year, in all but literature and peace, United States researchers took home the Nobel. From Economics, to Physics, to Medicine, to Chemistry, US researchers are bar none the best in the world. This is on top of the Times Higher Education Supplement that ranks US universities as the best in the world. Why then, do conservatives complain of liberal indoctrination?

A key thing to notice is that the only “soft” academic field in the Nobels is for Literature, a prize an American hasn’t won since 1993 (Toni Morrison). This should hardly come as a surprise as American “culture” is saturated with insipid nudity and mindless entertainment.

However, something deeper is also true. While academics may be left-ward tilting in academia, in the “practical” fields those biases rarely come into play (if they exist). Is there a conservative or liberal way of looking at cosmic background radiation? The bias is prevalent in the “soft” sciences and liberal arts. No economist worth his salt seriously debates that socialism works, they all on some level or another accept the free market. The conservatives have all but won the fight in Economics.

In Engineering and Business schools, the students are guided into achieving results. It is in the Liberal Arts schools where a majority of students end up that the curriculum can be bent and tilted any which way. The entire field of Sociology has bought into the liberal agenda, leaving students without exposure to any other trains of thought. Thus all our sociological experts, whom we turn to for advice on sociological issues, have a narrow-minded view of the world.

It is in these soft sciences where liberal bias is most damaging, particularly when it shuts down any dissent. Instead of presenting all points of view and engaging in a “war of ideas”, students are indoctrinated into one mode of thought without any encouragement to engage in serious debate. The same can be said of Philosophy departments, some Political Science departments, some History departments, and the myriad of “culture-based” departments.

The result is a political culture that is unable to look at the world around itself and pigeon-holes itself into firmly held doctrines and unquestioned ideas. It is in this area that academic bias is the most damaging to society.

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  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Criminal Justice/Criminology is generally considered to be a part of Sociology, and it certainly has a leftist tilt in our Universities…but some professors are former police officers, so the slant is mitigated a bit by this…