The Saga of “Political Correctness in the Science Classroom”

In November, 2007 I presented a paper called “Political Correctness in the Science Classroom” at a conference called “Reforming the Politically Correct University” held at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C.

In response to criticism from a commentator and suggestions from the organizers, Robert Maranto and Richard Redding, and as my thinking about the topic developed, I ended up with three versions of the essay! They overlap, but since each contains different interesting material that had to be deleted to satisfy length restrictions, I am including all three below.

During this interactive process I learned a lot about conflicting standards of scholarship that prevail in different disciplines. I also found a surprising variety of opinions about what is really going on in the PC University. I have commented on these discordant views below. Although the examples I provide come from discussions of my paper on PC Science, I believe they may be of interest to a wider audience.

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

Response to critiques of the paper