The reason why the academy has to change is self-congratulatory crap like this, the tone of which is used to say that anyone who says otherwise is a crackpot. After all, I can’t prove “empirically” that academe is full of it. And that’s true – empirical data is only relevant when a sense of value, a sense of what one is looking for, has been established.
In this case, the two professors think a perfectly practical solution to academia’s dearth of conservatives is possible. They went looking for it and found “solutions” – you can see the article and the research for yourself and ask if any of that will work. I’m more on the “can we incite some riots” tangent – part of me thinks that if Harvard exploded into an orgy of violence, at least I could get a good laugh watching on the evening news at Harvard what happens at Rutgers or Ohio State after football games.
There are very deep issues if one cares to look for them, but don’t expect the Chronicle to take education seriously anytime soon.
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