Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Wall Street Journal op-ed: Yale Prof Estimates Faculty Political Diversity at ‘0%’, by James Freeman:
Nobody looks to the Ivy League for balanced political discourse. But a new report suggests that on at least one campus, the stifling of conservative views among faculty members is nearly complete.
Valerie Pavilonis and Matt Kristoffersen report in the Yale Daily News:
According to computer science professor David Gelernter ‘76, faculty political diversity at Yale is low: “0%,” he wrote in an email. He added that while there are a “few conservatives, including prominent ones,” their numbers are not high enough to have a significant impact on campus culture.
Readers might assume that Mr. Gelernter, an occasional contributor to the Journal, is poking fun at the school’s overwhelming leftism rather than expressing mathematical precision. But via email, another Yale faculty member who chooses to remain anonymous tells this column, “I agree with the calculation.”
A third Yale faculty member, a self-described liberal, says the faculty is “moving further to the left” and has become increasingly intolerant of conservative viewpoints. This faculty member, who also requests anonymity, says that some faculty bias is subconscious: “They think people who agree with them are smarter than people who disagree with them.” This professor adds: “Universities are moving away from the search for truth” in favor of a search for “social justice.” ...
Ms. Pavilonis and Mr. Kristoffersen of the Yale Daily News also interviewed history professor Carlos Eire, another occasional contributor to the Journal. According to their report:
Yale talks a lot of diversity, but basically all that diversity means here is skin color,” Eire said. “There’s definitely no diversity here when it comes to politics. The liberal point of view is taken to be objective — not an opinion, not a set of beliefs... There’s an assumption that goes unquestioned that if you’re not part of the herd groupthink there’s something wrong with you,” he said.