The Corner

‘It’s Like Asking a Priest Not To Pray’

Liberals professors are always saying that their politics are private, and that left-wing dominance of college and university faculties has no effect on the teaching they do in classrooms. Tell that to the students of Prof. Joel Rogers at the University of Wisconsin Law School — and check out his quote at the end of this extract, from a report by Judith Ayers at The College Fix:

Students at the University of Wisconsin Law School were surprised at the end of the Fall 2011 semester when they received an e-mail from their Professor propositioning them. The e-mail asked students for their help in a private political project, while final grades in their classes had yet to be posted.

Professor Joel Rogers taught the class, entitled Law & Contemporary Problems: Public Law & Private Power. …

Rogers offered students the chance to work for an organization he has been developing for the last several years called the American Legislative Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE). It is intended to function as a liberal counterpart to the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The goal of ALICE is “identifying, supporting and assisting 10,000 progressive local elected officials.” …

The College Fix spoke with Rogers. He said he did not see a problem with providing students an opportunity to put what they’ve learned into practice. “It’s like asking a priest not to pray…they have acquired skills and want to use them in real life.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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