Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Show trial fizzles out:

Yesterday's hearing on academic freedom at Pennsylvania's public universities was hyped by conservative activists as a "historic moment," in which school administrators would finally be "called to account" in front of state legislators for allowing student "indoctrination and abuse" by leftist professors.

But the hearing at Temple University did not live up to that billing.

A professor scheduled to testify about alleged rampant liberal bias at Temple canceled. The sole student to appear before the legislative committee acknowledged he had never filed a formal grievance.

And Temple president David Adamany testified that in fact no student had made an official classroom bias complaint in at least five years, despite well-developed policies and procedures for doing so....

Rep. Dan Surra (D., Elk) called the hearings a "colossal waste of time and taxpayer money."...

So much for the big victory Davey Horowitz declared last summer when the Pennsylvania House passed the resolution calling for the hearings. Incidentally, maybe I'm missing something here, but it appears that the Horowitz/Front Page Magazine crowd's entire case with regard to Temple is based on one course. If the Liberal International is really hell-bent on brainwashing the next generation of America's youth, shouldn't we be working harder than that?

(First link via DU.)


UPDATE: More on this from Julia at Sisyphus Shrugged, The All Spin Zone, Michael Berube, and Inside Higher Ed.

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