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Hi Surfer.

I just saw where The Wall Street Journal referred to a piece in the L.A. Times regarding Summers. The L.A, Times piece indicated that many Harvard students sided with Summers! I didn't realize this...

The Los Angeles Times reports that many Harvard students sided with Summers and against the faculty wackos:
Somewhere in the controversy surrounding Summers is evidence of a change in campus politics, one professor said: These days, it is not unusual for students to be to the political right of their professors.
"This is a sort of 'I'm-not-a-feminist-but' generation," said J. Lorand Matory, a professor of anthropology and of African and African American studies. "I don't know if the word is 'conservative' as much as 'careerist.' " . . .
Harry Lewis, a computer science professor and former dean of Harvard College who left under pressure from Summers, said campus politics here had been shifting for decades, as more students from less affluent backgrounds enrolled.
A more diverse group, they are also "eager to prosper and less willing to take risks by rebelling," Lewis said. His upcoming book, "Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education," traces what he considers to be the decline in the quality of education at Harvard. It's left them far more likely to support the power structure, he said.
"The Harvard student body looks more like America than the Harvard faculty," he said. "That's what's happened."
If the Democratic Party chooses to look more like the Harvard faculty than America, voters have a ready alternative in the Republican Party. Academia is the left's biggest remaining redoubt, but here too there may be alternatives. During our vacation we paid a call on Ken Starr, dean of the law school at Pepperdine University, and he told us with great enthusiasm of how undergraduates on campus were doing serious work--actually studying great books, no less.
This ought to be perfectly unremarkable. That a university administrator boasts about it tells you something about the state of higher education in America. But it may be that in the coming years schools like Pepperdine will benefit as those like Harvard squander their prestige on left-wing faculty politics.

Solid Surfer

That's very true - often, the students at most universities are much more conservative and less radical than the faculty. Take a look at this website for more info: http://www.studentsforacademicfreedom.org/

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