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News The witch hunt for liberals at UCLA

  1. Jan 18, 2006 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Or is it? This organization http://www.bruinalumni.com/ is tattling on liberal professors at UCLA. They even pay students to secretly record or report on professors with a liberal bias, then this group posts the evil deeds on their website. They argue that this is simple disclosure, however the person interviewed stated that he "wanted to give them a taste of their own medicine"

    I see this in two ways. First of all, what they are doing is cheesy and probably a threat to free speech in the classroom. On the other hand, I too had a couple of professors who were inappropriate in that they were pushing liberal agendas in their lectures. So I do see what motivates this group, but I still think they're low lifes [lacking honor] because of the way that they choose to handle the problem- if there is one. It seems to me that proper channels to address the issue of bias in the classroom must exist; or do they?
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  4. Jan 18, 2006 #3

    Math Is Hard

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    I have only taken a few classes at UCLA, but I do know that at my community college (a major conduit for incoming UCLA students where many UCLA doctoral candidates teach) I have had to lie like a dog on a rug to make the grade with my liberal professors. My cultural anthropology final, for instance, required me to write an essay on how capitalism has eroded world cultures and has destroyed the living conditions of people in third world nations.

    I am an older student, so I am already pretty set in my ways and opinions, but it concerns me that the 18-year-olds in the classes are getting so thoroughly saturated with one political side of looking at things. I think that an equal task force should be put in place for teachers who are pushing a right-wing agenda. Students should get the information and the historical facts on a subject, but they should be be able to form their own opinions.
  5. Jan 18, 2006 #4
    People in CA have a problem with "liberal" professors?
    That's just wierd. You practically HAVE to be a democrat to join the teachers union from what I have been told.
  6. Jan 19, 2006 #5


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    Kinda doubt there's any formal definition, let alone standards, and certainly no mechanism for controlling "bias in the classroom" in publicly supported institutions. It's something that's always been part of the educational process. Up to the late sixties it was commonly understood among student bodies; since in loco parentis was replaced with "student defined educational goals," and catalogues have exploded with zero content courses, instructor bias has become more obvious (zero content leaves lots of room for personal exposition), and students have lost the ability to distinguish bias from content.
  7. Jan 19, 2006 #6
    Having graduated from UCLA in 2003 in physics and math, I didn't see a lot "liberal" bias, nor "conservative" bias for that matter from my teachers. All were pretty much interested in teaching about math and physics. I too went to Santa Monica Community, but I didn't get much exposure to bias one way or another from any of the teachers for the general ed classes (except for philosophy, which pretty much just taught rational thinking as opposed to any bias). The only class I started to take was a class in social justice issues. When we were handed the syllabus, the majority of topics seemed designed to admonish "the white man" for slavery, Jim Crow, attempted genocide of the Native American population, etc. Nowhere did it bring up the fact that it wasn't so much race as class that was a major cause of social opporession throughout American history.
  8. Jan 19, 2006 #7
    One other thing about UCLA. I did find it rather hypocritical that some liberal student organizations felt it was OK to trash some conservative ideology and peoples, but when some conservative organizations did the same about some liberals, these same liberal organizations raised a huge stink.
  9. Jan 19, 2006 #8
    What's so suspect about alumni providing information to potential UCLA donors?
  10. Jan 19, 2006 #9
    Educated professors aren't aloud to be biased towards logical philosophy? That's just stupid.
  11. Jan 19, 2006 #10
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    Educated professors aren't aloud to be biased
    towards logical philosophy? That's just stupid.
  12. Jan 19, 2006 #11
    Alumni are required to support them?
  13. Jan 19, 2006 #12
    People who try to stop bias in the classroom are full of ****. People should be smart enough to think for themselves, and we're only making people more 'mentally lazy' by 'protecting' them in this way.

    (no i havn't read the article)
  14. Jan 19, 2006 #13
    That's not too surprising but when my US History teacher (who makes Karl Marx look like the posterboy of the GOP) found out that I tend to be liberal on most cases, he was actually tougher on me...

    I KNEW I shouldn't have worn that Che Guevara shirt that day...
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