A recent Reason-Rupe survey found that a majority (53 percent) of Californians believe their state’s public university professors teach with a bias, and two-thirds of college-age respondents (ages 18-24) reported biased instruction.
While these numbers do not prove that public universities in California actually teach from a liberal perspective, they do hint in that direction.
Of those detecting bias, a little more than half said they see liberal overtones, while only 5 percent decry a conservative slant. More than a third (39 percent) couldn’t identify the source of the bias but agreed that there was one.
Nearly a third of self-identified liberals (31 percent) reported a political slant in instruction. Even with the bias likely falling on the liberal side, many liberals in deep blue California – remarkably – detected it, showing that even liberals recognize that there’s an ideological weakness in higher education.
Of course many self-identified liberals (43 percent) also said they do not perceive bias, while a vast majority of self-identified conservatives (82 percent) detected a slant.
Californians with more education also tended to perceive less bias, which is not particularly surprisingly considering that Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans (59 percent to 37 precent) in post-graduate degrees in the state.
America stands on the brink of a fundamental change, and this awakening proves yet another fault-line in the coming revolution.
Witnessing the “birth pangs” of a new era, James Piereson, a Manhattan senior fellow at American University, still saw reason for hope. Although he anticipated a painful transition, he said recently that it will produce a “stronger, more prosperous America.”
With the burgeoning school choice movement and the wide realization of bias in higher education, the liberal stranglehold on public education may be drawing to an end.