COMMENTARY | In a recent poll conducted by Young America's Foundation, 60 percent of college professors do not consider Ronald Reagan as one of the nation's top 10 presidents, according to a report from The Daily Caller. That's no surprise as 57 percent of those professors consider themselves liberals, while only 16 percent are conservative.
With 19 percent of the public stating Reagan was the greatest president, according to a 2011 Gallup poll, Young America's Foundation programs officer Ron Meyer told The Daily Caller, "Academia is drastically out of touch with reality and society, and Americans won't continue to put up with it much longer."
While I'm inclined to agree with Meyer in regard to academia's left-skewed view of things and how lightly it bears on reality, I'm not sure what can be done about it. In one way, it can be argued that colleges -- particularly those that are state-funded -- should be required to present as bias-free of an education to students as possible. However, how would such a requirement be enforced, and perhaps more importantly, should such a requirement be enforced?
America was founded on the notion of freedom not just of body, but of spirit. That roughly half of this country is in sharp political disagreement with the other half (based on the results of recent presidential elections) is actually a good thing, in terms of a testament as to whether the country is free or not. I'm not sure what the attraction of professorships is with those who prescribe to the liberal philosophy more than the conservative one, but the views of American professors are decidedly liberal.
And while I don't think it is at proper for students to be graded as to whether their own political views align with those of their professors, if that happens, I don't know how an accusation such as that could be proven. Once again, nonbias would be hard to enforce in a country built on the notion of freedom.
- Ronald Reagan