The Daily Texan has an opinion piece written by David Horowitz that is a read if you have nothing better to do and doing nothing is not an option. It concerns the supposed ‘liberal bias’ in places of higher education – specifically, the University of Texas.
While it is true that the more education you have the more likely you are to be liberal – I find it hard to believe that their is a liberal bias in most universities.
Full disclosure: I did graduate from perhaps one of the most liberal colleges in the country, Reed College, whose school motto was, “Communism, Atheism, & Free Love”.
Anyway, Mr. Horowitz is concerned that the University of Texas is teaching such liberal ideas as, you know, gender equality.
Among the departments and programs at UT that are parties to this scam are the Communicat-ions Studies Department, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Division of Rhetoric and Writing. Space only permits a glimpse of the problem.
Alright, so I may be reading a little too much in to his idea that these departments teach leftist politics, not academics. But the truth is, until he takes the courses, he’s not really in a position to comment about their content. Respectable universities would not allow so called indoctrination to exist in their classrooms.
One problem that has become all too prevalent today is that of people confusing opinion and fact. Too many people are holding on to opinions that have no basis in fact or reality (we’ll use Intelligent Design as an example). An unbiased investigation is one that looks at all the facts, all the evidence, and proceeds from there. It would be counter-productive for any investigator to consider every possible explanation regardless of evidence in an effort to be ‘unbiased’.
When investigating the origin of life on earth, we certainly arn’t going to hold everything while we look into the creation myths of every religion that has ever existed. We will look at the evidence we have, and go where it leads us.
That being said, there can exist legitimate academic studies of specific opinions. I.E. one can study the feminist movement, the evangelical christian movement, whatever – these studies arn’t indoctrinations.
This is what Mr. Horowitz evidently doesn’t understand. Maybe instead of criticizing the University of Texas, he should enroll.