Thomas D. Segel
What Are They Teaching America?
There is a lot of noise being made these days about what is being
printed in Texas textbooks. Reviews show a distinct secular and liberal
bias in some of the writings. The concern is because the annual buy of
the Lone Star State is in excess of 48 million books. This volume almost
assuredly dictates what will be printed for the remaining 49 states.
Having once served on the textbook committee I am not overly concerned
about the end result of these multiple reviews. The books are always
given a very good read by citizens who are residents of a very
right-of-center state. Most of those reviewing the texts are also
The thing that really does concern me is what is being taught young
Americans attending the colleges and universities of this country. At
last count there were 4236 degree granting institutions in the United
States. The vast majority of these colleges and universities are solidly
staffed with liberal to far left faculty members. For example, during
the ten years I served at the University of Texas – Pan American, one
additional conservative was a member of the faculty, on a staff of 450
people. He was a science professor and had little influence outside his
field of study.
Another antidotal example is the University of Texas – Austin, the main
campus of the UT system. Its heavy staffing and student body have turned
the entire city in the most liberal bastion in Texas, a "Red” oriented
state, where the GOP holds every office.
How bad are the national leftist leanings. Campus Watch has found that
more than four out of every five professors and instructors on college
campuses have been identified as liberal. Fifteen present of faculty
members profess no political orientation and only 5% of those on
assorted faculties are identified as conservative. This has happened in
a country where 40% of the population indicates it has conservative
In 2005, even the New York Times became concerned about the
leftist-socialist leanings of Columbia University and wrote extensively
on the topic. The publication found that Middle Eastern Studies were
extremely biased. The left displayed open hostility to Israel while the
right stood solidly by the country. The end result was everything taught
from Iraq to Afghanistan and the ongoing Palestinian situation leaned
That same year a publication titled "Politics and Professional
Advancement Among College Faculty” noted that since the 1980s there has
been a leftward surge in the recruitment of liberal instructors.
Today almost all of the department chairs are filled with liberal
leadership and those departments determine who is hired. Liberals
dominate faculty senates and those professors decide who among them will
receive lifetime tenure.
Things are so bad on the campus of Harvard University the institution
has earned the nickname "Kremlin on the Charles”.
this so important? Young Americans entering college are really quite
ignorant when it comes to such areas as governance or world affairs.
This ignorance only means they remain untaught about the issues. By the
time they leave college, our students have become some of the most
liberal people in the country. The ignorance has been replaced with
stupidity, meaning they have only been shown one side of the coin, or
taught one side of a complex topic called comparative governance. These
young people who will fill the vacant ranks of those departing the
public scene tomorrow have learned nothing that will prepare them to
examine all issues from multiple vantage points and reach meaningful
conclusions. And tomorrow, my friends, they will be our leaders.