Wednesday, July 06, 2005

PA legislators to investigate "academic bias"

The Pennsylvania House called for investigation into charges by conservatives that "liberal bias" is in effect on the state's campuses. These complaints to me reek of the classic petulance of students who haven't yet learned to separate the strength of their positions from the quality of their arguments (and thus mistake grades on the latter for value judgments on the former). However, the campaign to police the outlooks of educators just brings up more serious unpleasant parallels (more here). I hope the Senate can see past this cant, if the House plunges ahead.

(via Edico)


Blogger Rep. Mark B. Cohen said...

I was one of the leaders of the opposition to this Horowitz-inspired outrage. This investigation should be intensely followed by progressives statewide, as it threatens the integrity of college curriucla across Pennsylvania, and risks making our state a laughingstock among educators and educated persons everywhere.

6:57 PM  
Blogger ACM said...

What's sad is that they managed to quote you as though you were in favor of the whole mess -- classic snip of the sort that looks taken out of context, but works in the way they wanted.

Much of the Pennsylvania bill was borrowed from the Horowitz group's "academic bill of rights."

Rep. Mark Cohen, D-Philadelphia, referred to the Horowitz group and said the resolution is just "an attempt to respond to a national movement. ... We're just trying to fall in line."

meh. I hope it will be stillborn.

9:28 AM  

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