While colleges teach students to view the world in a more open way, they do not push them to become liberals, concludes a study by several college professors writing for The Conversation. Their findings suggested that students’ attitudes towards liberal and conservative beliefs softened after their first year in college in equal amounts. Campuses work to create a balanced climate of contrasting ideas. Students that tend to come from backgrounds where they don’t see the other side became more open to it. The assertion by many conservatives that colleges choke their beliefs is wrong; they promote the engagement of all ideas.
US colleges are consistently moving towards the left of the political spectrum, which risks worsening the bubble of liberal identity politics and interferes with the pursuit of knowledge, argues Heather MacDonald of City Journal. These institutions validate the establishment of identity lines on campuses. Each group claims to be oppressed in a different way, creating an environment that doesn’t welcome outsiders. Those with different ideas are shunned as they impede this ‘safe space’ for such factions. Colleges are increasingly embracing liberal policies along the guise of social justice. They don’t realize that being so partisan hurts their quality of education.