Education: Balance Or Bias?

A challenge to class "monitors"

There was some tough talk last month at a meeting in Washington of the normally staid American Association of University Professors. In an impassioned address during a daylong symposium on academic freedom, Chancellor Joseph Murphy of the City University of New York blasted a new right-wing watchdog group that he said was recruiting students "as a corps of thought police." The group, Accuracy in Academia, was founded last summer by Militant Conservative Reed Irvine as an offshoot of his flourishing (35,000 members) Accuracy in Media, which makes a business of challenging perceived liberal bias in major news organizations.

A.I.A. claims to...

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