October 19, 2015

The folks at Fox and Friends Weekend were simply aghast over the pronouncement of a Cornell University Professor. He suggested that the quality of the education would be greatly diminished by hiring Republicans to teach classes.

According the The Cornell Daily Sun, 96 percent of faculty political donations have gone to Democrats over the past four years.

According to the Sun, government professor Andrew Little suggested hiring Republicans would compromise the quality of Cornell’s professors. He was quoted saying, "Placing more emphasis on diversity of political beliefs when hiring [would] almost certainly require sacrificing on general quality or other dimensions of diversity."

"It is not surprising that faculty at Cornell find the anti-scientific rhetoric of many in the Republican Party to be troublesome,” Professor Kenneth McClane, English, said. “Many of us here are scientists — we believe in global warming, since we believe what the research tells us.”

"Our job is not to mold the minds of young students — they’ll go out into the world and do that for themselves," Professor Richard Bensel, government, stated. "Cornell does not have to be a banquet that offers every viewpoint."
The conscientious objectors at the ultra-right wing CampusReform.org have a thing or two to say about this. The organization is an arm of the Leadership Institute which is another arm of the climate science-denying Heartland Institute. Abigail Alger of CampusReform.org explains that the bias against the vehemently anti-intellectuals of the GOP is not accidental, it's intentional.

"The college classroom is a place for discussion and debate. When you offhandedly dismiss Conservative students as being unintelligent, uninformed, simply wrong in their views, you shut that down, and that's the opposite of what we want to see in higher education."

The major problem with her statement is that she forgets that her esteemed CampusReform.org is an arm of the science-denying villains of the Heartland Institute. So she is, perhaps unwittingly, doing the bidding of people who have absolutely ZERO interest in discussing learning, facts or truth and are there only to further their criminal planet-destroying, profit-based agenda. Simply by her representing that insidious organization, she is making the point for the professors at Cornell that Republican stupidity must be omitted from the curricula of our higher-education institutes.

Good job, Cornell Professors! I hope more people call out the utterly intellectually bankrupt ideas that drive the GOP. Increasing the diversity in any college faculty is not achieved by hiring people who promulgate lies and misinformation.

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