Wednesday, January 18, 2006

UCLA alumni group exposes liberal professors

This was rather interesting.

(LATimes) A fledgling alumni group headed by a former campus Republican leader is offering students payments of up to $100 per class to provide information on instructors who are "abusive, one-sided or off-topic" in advocating political ideologies.

The year-old Bruin Alumni Assn. says its "Exposing UCLA's Radical Professors" initiative takes aim at faculty "actively proselytizing their extreme views in the classroom, whether or not the commentary is relevant to the class topic." Although the group says it is concerned about radical professors of any political stripe, it has named an initial "Dirty 30" of teachers it identifies with left-wing or liberal causes.

I don't mind necessarily that professors put forth their views in a classroom (their are exceptions of course) as long as they acknowledge alternate and opposite points of views as viable. That is what I think most conservatives object to, that their ideas and beliefs are dismissed and ignored, whether it's abstinence mentioned in a sex ed class or creationism offered as an alternate theory to evolution. From my point of view all conservatives want is an equal offering of differeing points of view, allow them to be discussed and debated, so that children and students can begin to form their own opinions as opposed to being little parrots that simply repeat verbatim, the ideas of their professors.

Of course I'm sure there will be an ACLU suit on this soon...

UPDATE: Bruin Alumni Assn. website via Cheat Seeking Missiles