Courses on Inequality

In an article published today by both the Pope Center and the Manhattan Institute (it’s on our site and also Minding the Campus), Charlotte Allen and I write about a topic she broached back in March, namely courses on social and economic inequality. Those of us in the free-market/limited-government camp have plenty to say about the causes of inequality and the counter-productivity of the leftist nostrums for dealing with inequality, but do students who enroll in courses on inequality ever hear those ideas? Or are the courses just exercises in statist thought control, with the students getting a steady diet of “progressive” ideas about inequality? We decided to look into some of those courses and found that most of them are overwhelmingly taught from a leftist perspective. We also found one that puts the others to shame by giving students a wide range of views to consider.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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