February 2008

This is an interesting article about new research into the political views of faculty. It raises more questions than it answers as to why conservatives don’t go on to teaching careers in higher education.

My reasons are relatively simple: I would have chosen that path, but putting myself through college took 7 years and left me with student loans. I wanted to pay those off before I pursued further education. I had in mind that I didn’t want to be saddled with debt and forced to work if/when I had young children.  Now I’m working on my children’s college funds so they don’t have to make the same choices. I would be delighted to see them teach at the college level someday.

My college (a Christian institution) professors were all liberal, with the exception of a few business professors I studied under while earning a business minor.  But my major professors urged me to pursue graduate study and never silenced my voice in the classroom. I read/studied political philosophy on my own and arrived at my conservative philosophy on my own.

Those of you, in and out of academia, why do you think the conservative/liberal imbalance? What can be done to bring more balance to higher education?

Carmon Friedrich, of buried Treasure Books, wrote what she calls the Prairie Muffin Manifesto, a treatise she contends is for godly wives and mothers. Someone recently quoted from the Manifesto and then others responded so I thought it might be a great idea to walk through Carmon’s article. I know, as I read through it, that much of it describes how I have lived my life. Other parts of it are disconcerting to me. So here is the link to that document and here is the first point to ponder and discuss:

“1.) Prairie Muffins are committed to obeying God’s law in every area of life, as they are aware of its application to their lives and circumstances.”

Any thoughts?

This is thread #6 regarding patriarchy, patriocentricity, visionary daughters, and includes a discussion on the books So Much More and Passionate Housewives Desperate for God. Any topics related to the discussion of patriarchy are welcome here and sometimes we meander along rabbit trails but they always bring us back on topic again!

I would encourage you to go back and read through the past posts on these topics…lots of great discussion and thought-provoking insights.

This is thread #1

This is thread #2.

This is thread #3.

This is thread #4.

This is thread #5.