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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Liberal bias on university campuses not fair to education

Liberal bias runs rampant on the Syracuse University campus, even in places you wouldn't expect.

Last fall, students gathered for their first lecture of an American history class that covered the Puritan era to the Civil War. The professor veered away from the subject matter within minutes and focused his attention on the threat of global warming and the tragedy of the 2000 election.

This was an "American History until 1865" class, right? What did any of this have to do with that period of American history, aside from the fact that our founders created the Electoral College?

It seems that, unfortunately, this sort of liberal bias has become mainstream at most universities across the United States and especially at SU. For a school that stresses diversity with such passion and enthusiasm, it is disappointing that diversity does not apply to political thought.

Although young people have a history of not showing up to the polls, they do tend to be liberal. In the 2004 election, John Kerry won the 18- to 29-year-old demographic by 54 percent to President Bush's 45 percent. Despite the liberal majority of young voters, they have not, by any means, finalized their political beliefs.

Conservatives are often the ones accused of being closed-minded, but the setup of this university is a prime example of liberal prejudice.

SU should apply its oft-spoken message of diversity to political balance throughout the faculty, taking the lead toward a more moderate and balanced American education system.

Jimmy Paul is a student at Syracuse University.

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