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Study: UC Leftism Not Right

Campuses a 'sanctuary for narrow ideology,' says conservative group
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2012 1:00 AM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2012 1:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Leftist faculty and "politically correct" thinking at University of California campuses are giving students a dangerously unbalanced education, according to a study by an organization of conservative educators. Humanities departments in particular have been hijacked by a leftist agenda that merely teaches about minorities grievances, according to the report, "Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California," by the National Association of Scholars. Campuses have "become a sanctuary for a narrow ideological segment of the spectrum of political and social ideas," according to the report. UC officials, not surprisingly, disagree.

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"UC's scholarly success nationally and internationally would not be possible if our faculty were doctrinaire and not subject to having their work forged in the marketplace of ideas," a UC Provost tells the Los Angeles Times. The study examined graduation requirements, class lists, and reading material, and interviewed students and faculty. A UC Berkeley math and economics professor said the report is "short of facts, but long on innuendo and anecdotes." (Read more California stories.)

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