Do Universities Still Care about Truth?

Harvard Professor Steven Pinker in 2011. (Rose Lincoln/Harvard University/via Wikimedia)
Ominous signs from Harvard and other prestigious American institutions of higher learning

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t’s a tale as old as time, the stereotype of the liberal professor pushing his opinions on impressionable students. But the stereotype reflects real numbers. In 2017, only 8 percent of Yale’s faculty reported being conservative. In 2021, only 3 percent of Harvard University’s faculty reported being “conservative” or “very conservative.”

The Kremlin-on-the-Charles caricature has taken on a new dimension: According to the 2021 College Free Speech Rankings, a report based on a survey by College Pulse, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and RealClearEducation, professors, including the stereotypically liberal ones, and students alike are scared to defy a

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Carine Hajjar, a former National Review intern, is a recent graduate of Harvard College, where she was a member of the Crimson editorial board. She is currently a Finley Fellow.

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