While colleges talk a lot about diversity, conservatives hammer these same schools for focusing only on skin-deep matters like…well…skin. Rarely is there any concerted effort to make sure there is any kind of ideological diversity on their campuses. At least, that’s what folks on the right keep saying. But colleges keep acting like Kevin Bacon in Animal House, waving their hands and saying, “All is well!”
Only, it isn’t.
A new survey conducted by a student newspaper has revealed a staggering political divide among the faculty members of one of the nation’s most elite universities.
The Yale Daily Newsput a startling number on liberal predominance in a survey of the prestigious university’s faculty. Of the 314 respondents, a mere 7 percent identified as conservative, with only 2 percent saying they were “very conservative.” In contrast, nearly three-quarters identified as liberal or very liberal.
Speaking with with The News, Yale President Peter Salovey said the results were “neither positive nor negative.”
“It’s in the educational interest of students to be exposed to a diversity of political viewpoints… Having said that, in most fields, the political point of view of a faculty member is not relevant to the substance of their teaching, and so we would need to be very careful about making it a part of the hiring process for faculty,” Salovey told The News.
Salovey has, however, declared that Yale’s largely white faculty represents the “single biggest problem” the university faces; and in 2015 the school pledged to spend more than $50 million to increase the racial makeup of the faculty, according to The News.
Really? Their ideological viewpoint is completely irrelevant, but their skin color is?
If the issue was latent racism in the hiring process, I could see why Salovey would express concern. That can ultimately hurt the school, so it makes sense.
Yet that doesn’t seem to be the worry here. No, only the skin tone of the faculty is important.
All this while dismissing any concerns over ideological diversity at all. Nice.
Here’s the thing Salovey is missing. While he may argue that ideological diversity is irrelevant because ideology is irrelevant to their subjects, there has been a major push to add social-justice rhetoric to countless subjects including math. We have feminists claiming the scientific method, the basis for all science, is sexist.
But no, there’s no reason to worry about the lack of ideological diversity at all.
I wonder if Salovey would feel the same way if just 7 percent of the instructors were progressive.