"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Academic Bill of Wrong

If crackpot, David Horowitz, had bothered to check the research, he would have found out that his thesis regarding "the war on conservative students" is in the same category as the war on Easter bunnies. A clip from Inside Higher Ed:

In debates over the Academic Bill of Rights, supporters of the controversial legislation have suggested that conservative students are the victims of classroom bias — and receive lower grades or even failing grades because of their political views. . . .

It turns out that there is actual research that has been done on the subject. And the research suggests that there is no widespread relationship between students’ political views and their grades. But there is one exception: In some disciplines favored by conservative students, liberal students seem to receive lower grades. . .

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