Quoting Leisurely Duchess:" This only thing it speaks to is the correlation between higher education and "liberalism". Similar to ... [snip!] ... it is. These things tend to go together. Diversity of opinion isn't necessarily virtuous for the sake of its own existence."
I'm exhausted and i just lost the lengthy post that i typed in response :-/
I dont have the energy for the "who is smarter" debate. All i will say about that topic is that i dont think i can be convinced that those who stay or return to campus are smarter than those who roll up their sleeves and become successful off-campus.
I think our daughters (and society in general), would be better served if their colleges had a solid, significant diversity of thought (i.e. not just token conservatives) so that when they took their business/economics classes they would have a good chance of having instructors that were huge fans of John Keynes and instructors that were huge fans of Milton Friedman.
That is just one example. I want my daughter to be exposed to good role models that represent something closer to the real world and i expect intellectual honesty in higher education. Furthermore, and yet another topic for D & D, i dont think state schools should be churning out young aadults that are clueless about the merits of "the opposing view/theory/etc." I have an Orwellian image of what those kids look like in my head right now.
I hope the above makes some sense as I'm wiped-out.