Peter Wood at the National Association of Scholars has a response to critics of the recent Zogby poll in which 58% of those polled said that the political bias of college professors is a “serious problem”. (Backgrounder here.)
Predictably, many of the critics quoted in Wood’s article dismiss the results of the poll on the basis that the respondents are mainly dumb, uneducated (which here means “didn’t go to college”) white people who have been duped by conservative talk radio. Wouldn’t you be distrustful of a group of people who claim to love free inquiry and then turn around and dismiss you out-of-hand as an idiot whenever you express disagreement? Or claim to value equal rights and justice, but then make the level of one’s education as a litmus test for the quality of their ideas?