Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Who are we fooling? 

According to a new Zogby poll, not many.
As legislation is introduced in more than a dozen states across the country to counter political pressure and proselytizing on students in college classrooms, a majority of Americans believe the political bias of college professors is a serious problem, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.

Nearly six in 10 - 58% - said they see it as a serious problem, with 39% saying it was a "very serious" problem.
Men saw it as a serious problem more than women; whites were twice as likely as African Americans to cite it as a serious problem.

Here's the part not being reported as much:
The survey also showed that an overwhelming majority also believe that job security for college professors leaves them less motivated to do a good job than those professors who do not enjoy a tenured status - 65% said they believe non-tenured professors are more motivated to do a good job in the classroom.

Asked whether they think the quality of a college education today is better or worse than it was 25 years ago, 46% said they think it is worse, while 29% said it is better. Another 16% said the quality now is about the same as it was a generation ago.
Younger people think it's better. Perhaps we're responding to the market then? Or are we just not holding up standards?