A Colorado professor gave a TEDx Talk on a topic all too familiar in academia these days. He discussed diversity...not diversity of race or gender, but instead diversity of thought.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs political science professor Joshua Dunn discussed the importance of diversity of thought in college, in a video posted by Power Line.
The TEDx Talk video's description cites a Higher Education Resource Institute study saying that, as of 2014, conservatives make up less than 13 percent of university professors, while 60 percent of professors identify as left-leaning.
"In some fields, [conservatives] are almost an extinct species," Dunn said. The UCCS professor said that he and another researcher had found that one-third of 153 conservative and libertarian professors they interviewed "hid their politics from their colleagues...many expressed profound fear about being outed. Some even thought that our project was a Red Scare in reverse."
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“Our colleges could be a place where our future leaders learn to engage with people they disagree with," he continued. "But today, too many people on campus seem to think that the appropriate response to people they disagree with is shouting, name calling, and even violence. Every year, every semester brings more and more examples.”
Dunn cited a 2017 event featuring libertarian author Charles Murray. Students disrupted the event and assaulted the professor who hosted Murray, resulting in whiplash and a concussion.
The UCCS professor claimed that students today can receive elite educations without learning about conservative ideas which, whether positively or negatively, have had major effects on America.
Dunn related how conservative professor Robby George and left-wing professor Cornel West became friends at Princeton and co-taught a course, allowing them to "show students how you could respectfully engage with people you disagree with and sharpen your own arguments at the same time."
"The only sad part of their story is that it is so rare," the professor said. "Our campuses would be far healthier places
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