UT College Republicans on Fox News

Matt Rubin made it on Fox News talking about the UT College Republican's plan to have a database of liberal professors.

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Creepy idea..

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so what's the point of a 'liberal' prof directory?

Conversatives who don't want one teaching them should just skip college, I suppose.

Because not all liberals are so blatant. That is the definition of a good teacher. I don't care about your philosophical views, just don't force it on me and don't let it affect my grade.I had no problem with lib teachers who didn't cram their views that had nothing to do with class down my throat. I had a prob with the one's who claimed to be semi-socialist and preached it in class everyday no matter what the course was. I had a problem with a teacher who threatened to fail a student's (long pause) "butt" after he made a comment opposite her views. I had a problem with the lib teacher who stated mere rumor and speculation as if it were holier than the Bible.

I only ran into a few blatant libs, but I would have loved to know what I was getting into before I constructed my schedule.

that the 'directory' should be more about 'effective', 'good' professor, not 'liberal.'

The professors every student should seek out are those who don't impose their personal political leanings on the class.

Of course, if you're a student with a conservative viewpoint, it begs the question whether a conservative professor (few though they alledgedly are) who imposes his/her philosophy on the class is a 'bad' or 'good' professor, or are conservative students 'ok' with that particular scenario?

I was there to learn. If conservative teachers did impose their agenda on a class, I'm sure you would know.

I had a certain prof. for 2 semesters in a row. he taught American radicalism which included the women's movement, abortion, the gay rights movement and several other topics that are considered to be radical at some point.

It was not unitl that summer did I know he was also a preacher who was leaving to be a missionary to Indonesia that summer. I had no idea where he personally stood on those issues until he was done teaching the class. That is a good teacher.

I don't go to class to hear a teacher spout any philosophical or political views. I have my own, and i don't need their help.

I am more concerned, to a point, that "American Radicalism" is a credible subject that you can earn credit for.

We could all stand to learn more about radical movements and what makes them tick, no matter what our own beliefs are. Knowledge never hurt anybody. But the lack of it ....

Yep. 3 credits.

Radical movements like abolitionism, the women's movement, the civil rights movement. Radicalism sounds scary, but when the definition is understood, it's ok.

Maybe they should go after scientists, too. Most scientists are liberal and/or Democrats. Very few as a percentage are conservative/Republican

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bovine excrement.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

The idea that profs are overwhelmingly liberal is a misconception, and one that seems to be created by the conservative camp. This Washington Post article details a 2005 study.

72% liberal
15% conservative
In elite schools
87% liberal
13% conservative

This 2008 NewYork Times story credits an aging boomer population with a shift to more politically moderate faculty on campuses.

In my experience, this is accurate. I was surprised eight years ago to find so many Bush supporters in my own department. Most of the conservatives I know on campus are not extreme right-wing conservatives, but rather, they tend to be more liberal when it comes to social issues, and conservative on fiscal matters.

Many of my colleagues across many departments who describe themselves as liberal are less likely to be stubborn in their beliefs, but rather, are accepting of other viewpoints. There are exceptions, of course. But the campus is not a hotbed of political protests...perhaps it will be again soon.

and based on your personal experience I'd say there's nary a need for a 'liberal' prof directory any more than there's a need for a 'conservative' prof directory.

I think the College Republicans are just trying to draw attention to themselves and to rally in someway for a cause...

If you recall, one of my very first posts here at Swampbubbles was during the days leading up to the presidential election, when students were telling me that math and nursing program teachers who were Obama supporters were discussing the election during class time,asking them who they were voting for, and tearing down their arguments in favor of McCain (or againt Obama). I argued that there was a) no place for this discussion in those particular classrooms, and b) as teachers, it is not our job to preach our ideology--our job is to encourage and nurture the critical analysis skills that allow students to make their own informed choices.

I disagree with your assessment about the college republicans. I've said before, I wish this list was available before I took certain teachers so I knew what I was getting myself into. (Ratemyprofessor.com can be compromised by flagging reviews and getting negative reviews removed, thus unreliable.)

But I agree with what the job is of a teacher. Well said.

I am in no way in favor of "listing" who has this or that belief. If they are a college teacher, they should be there to teach their respective subject. If they are a college student, they should be there to learn their respective subject. No one should be "pushing" anything politically to students and vice-versa.

I do agree, however, that there are way too many liberal / marxist views preached at universities. If 99% of all college profs are liberal, then I guess it follows the old adage that "Those Who Can, Do; Those Who Can't, Teach".

They're just listing the names of "fishy" teachers.



I wish I had known who you really were, what your beliefs really were and what your motivations were when I talked to you in a Krogers parking lot and signed your petition to recall Mayor Finkbeiner.

I would have liked to have known in advance that you were going to use the petitions to start a bonfire.

I would have liked to have known your political views then. I doubt if I would have signed your petition based on what I know about you now. I thought you were a young person full of youthful idealism, trying to make a difference in Toledo, now I see you as being just young and full of nonsence.

Why not just label and brand everyone on all universities, colleges and schools? Silly season!

When my children go to college I want them exposed to all kinds of people, ideologies, philosophies and religions. That is a part of the college experience, or else just stay home and eat you mother's bean soup. Because if all you know is your mother's bean soup you will always think it is the best.

I have two children who have graduated from college and 51 family members with college degrees-siblings, neices, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. They all have done very well not knowing whether their professors were/are conservatives or liberals.

No regrets.
No apologies.

You apparently don't understand what I've written above, and that's ok. I don't care if a prof is con. or lib. I just don't want the ideology shoved down my throat and others threatened to be failed for disagreeing.

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