I interviewed political science professor and HxA member April Kelly-Woessner (Elizabethtown College) about whether political tolerance is declining, why conservatives opt out of academic careers, and whether tolerance is lower among people who don’t attend college.
Megan McArdle writes about the partisan rift in explanations for why college has become more expensive, contrasting the liberal explanation that points to declining state support with the conservative explanation pointing to the student-loan industry, and exploring the evidence for each view.
The next dean of Harvard Law School will be John Manning. As Karen Sloan at Law.com notes, “Manning’s appointment is notable in part because his conservative background stands in contrast to most of his Harvard Law colleagues and that of his two immediate dean predecessors—Minow and current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.” Kagan brought Manning to Harvard Law in 2004 amid a hiring campaign to boost ideological diversity.
In Wisconson, Pat Schneider at The Capital Times writes about the problems with a campus free speech bill requiring neutrality on “controversies of the day.” The bill is sponsored by Wisconsin state representatives who are skeptical about evolution and climate change—one sponsor believes the earth is 6,000 years old. As Schneider describes, it resembles bills in other state houses, all based on a model produced by the conservative Goldwater Institute.
On our blog, Jon Haidt wrote about Evergreen State professor Mike Paros, the only colleague who has spoken out publicly in favor of Bret Weinstein, whose case we covered last week. Jeremy Willinger highlighted an article by Roger Brown, former President of SUNY New Paltz on opportunities to advance viewpoing diversity in first-year orientation programs.