Professors and Politics: What the Research Says

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Feb 27, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Long discussion of the argument that the professoriate (in the United States) leans left. I have little patience for such discussions because I'm of the view (also expressed in this article) that people on the left self-select into academic positions (just as people on the right self-select into business positions). I also think the disparity is exaggerated by the general right-wing tilt of American society as a whole (what they call "moderate" I call "hard right"). I also see (again as expressed in this article) little to no evidence of any resulting bias in grading or promotion. Finally, if people are serious about encouraging more right-wing participation in academia or in education generally, the solution is simple: make these the highest paid positions in society, and require people in management and finance to work on a teaching salary.

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