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Another Reader Weighs In

Here is another comment from a reader who thinks that the paucity of conservatives on college faculties has much to do with hostility from leftists:

I am a public-school teacher with a B.A. and M.A. in history, both with honors from good schools. When people used to ask me if I was going to get a Ph.D. and teach in college, I told them I would never get a job. The reason I wouldn’t, of course, is that at some point my conservative point of view would come through, probably because my dissertation would not be on how Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy affected the feminist Wicca of El Salvador.


I used to grade Advanced Placement exams. Ninety-eight percent of the college and high-school instructors were left wing, and they were obviously so used to both speaking in a way that was condescending to anyone who didn’t share their view point and never encountering those strange other people. One professor told me her department chair was a Maoist. I asked her if someone who thought Ronald Reagan was a good president could get a job in her department, she said absolutely not. When I asked if Mao was worse than Reagan, she became too angry to respond.

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

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