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December 01, 2005

You can't get there from here

Yale Law Professor Peter Schuck on faculty ideological diversity:

Elite law schools cherish robust debate, iconoclasm, and arguing issues from all sides, right? Wrong. The dirty little (not-so) secret about these faculties-that they care much more about diversifying their skin colors, genders, and surnames than about diversifying their points of view-has finally come to the attention of the general public.

Unfortunately, while he recognizes the problem, he rejects any potential solutions:

What can be done to make professors practice what they preach on diversity? Alas, no easy remedy exists. The tenure system and the lack of mandatory retirement will project existing faculty bias far into the future. Moreover, the elite schools recruit new law teachers mainly from the top ranks of their recent graduates, whose own predominantly left-liberal views are fortified by their professors. And adopting affirmative action for conservative viewpoints would be odious and, for public law schools, almost certainly a First Amendment violation.

He also opposes even a non-binding "academic bill of rights." Well, looking on the bright side, at least he recognizes that it's a problem. That's progress, I guess.

December 1, 2005 at 05:04 PM | Permalink


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