“What Freshmen Read”

“We found the preponderance of reading assignments promotes liberal social causes and liberal sensibilities. Of the 180 books, 126 (70 percent) either explicitly promote a liberal political agenda or advance a liberal interpretation of events. By contrast, the study identifies only three books (less than 2 percent) that promote a conservative sensibility and none that promote conservative political causes” (para. 7).

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/06/04/books#ixzz2LBOE98Gc

Inside Higher Ed

Just ponder that thought for a minute or two.  Almost everyone in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program at Ball State is a democrat.  I can only think of 2 people, out of the 30+ people in our program who are republicans.  Is that common?  Colleges do tend to be more liberal in their thinking so I suppose this makes a great deal of sense.  However, it is appropriate to push such a liberalized agenda?  Isn’t college supposed to be about young adults finding themselves?  How can they find themselves if we push a one sided agenda?

Don’t get me wrong.  I am a democrat through and through.  I have enjoyed all of my common readers, which have all had extremely liberal themes such as immigration and racism and equality.  I just believe that both sides of the spectrum should be heard, not just one.  Maybe that is just me but I believe college is supposed to create a well-rounded individual.  One who is capable of making his or her own choices.  They cannot do that if they are never exposed to both sides.


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