What a great way to throw the lefties' own mantra back in their faces! Diversity is so all-emcompassing, so important that it's a "compelling state interest" that justifies affirmative action, that it's about time someone added intellectual diversity to skin color diversity. Put simply, the idea is to see if the English and Social Science Departments are 90% liberal and if there's any effort at all to have professors across the political spectrum.
Some would say that instructors' political views have no place in the classroom. Perhaps, but that's not reality anymore (if it ever was). And with tenure protections of university professors being even stronger than those of public school teachers, good luck getting rid of professors who politicize their classes, or even having them turn down their polemics.
Rep. Mike Buckingham, R-Rapid City, said the measure is not aimed at any political viewpoint.
“It’s not about liberal or conservative, and it is not an attack on the education system,” Buckingham said. “It is just an affirmation of what education could consist of.”
"But wait!" you say. "You wrote previously that you talk politics with high school students all the time! You're being hypocritical!" No, silly goose, I'm not, and thank you for linking to another of my posts in your rant. =) I discuss politics sometimes, but I don't politicize my class. Students are not required to agree with me, nor are their grades at all affected by their beliefs. And based on many of these conversations, I doubt I have students afraid to share their ideas because they differ with mine!
But back to the South Dakota proposal. Here's more on it from the first link above:
HB1222 would require each institution under control of the Board of Regents to report annually to the Legislature “on steps the institution is taking to ensure intellectual diversity and the free exchange of ideas.” It defines intellectual diversity as “the foundation of a learning environment that exposes students to a variety of political, ideological and other perspectives.”
HB1222 says the reports may include steps taken by each institution to:
* Conduct a study to assess the current state of intellectual diversity on its campus.
* Incorporate intellectual diversity into institutional statements, grievance procedures and activities on diversity.
* Encourage a balanced variety of campus-wide panels and speakers and annually publish the names of panelists and speakers.
* Establish clear campus policies that ensure that hecklers or threats of violence do not prevent speakers from speaking.
* Include intellectual diversity concerns in the institution’s guidelines on teaching.
* Include intellectual diversity issues in student course evaluations.
* Develop hiring, tenure and promotion policies that protect individuals against political viewpoint discrimination and track any reported grievances.
* Establish clear campus policies to ensure freedom of the press for students and report any incidents of student newspaper thefts or destruction.
* Establish clear campus policies to prohibit political bias in student-funded organizations.
* Eliminate speech codes that restrict the freedom of speech.
* Create an institutional ombudsman on intellectual diversity.
Where did they get the ideas for these multiple suggestions? Why, these problems have all occurred at campuses across the country, usually with conservatives on the short end of the stick. Check out the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education for stories that'll sicken you, or watch Brainwashing 101 (link here). Liberal bias in academia is not a problem I'm making up.
Perhaps, if California had such a system in place as South Dakota is contemplating, UCLA wouldn't be having the problem of having conservative alumni resorting to "outing" ultra-liberal professors.