Monday, January 03, 2005

"Please Don't Teach Me Because I'm Conservative!"

According to an article published by CNN, various student campus groups in certain universities in the US are up in arms over what they deem as "liberal" teaching that violates their "freedom." They argue that their professors are forcing a "liberal doctrine" on them by making them read certain "anti-American" books or by learning about other religions. They further argue that teachers are "blackballing" them because they do not adhere to their specific beliefs.

Instead, what they propose is that teachers only stick with subject matter that their students say is OK.

What fucking hogwash. You go to University to learn about things that fall outside of your range of thinking, not to learn the same things that you could've learned within the comfort of your own home. If a professor DOESN'T challenge you, they aren't doing their job.

Of course, if a teacher is bringing in conversation about "Why Che Guevara was a good man?" in a Calculus class, then we have a different story...stick to the topic, peanuthead.

As far as the blackballing is concerned, in my own personal experience, usually, if you disagree with the teacher, no matter what side of the political fence they happen to lean on, it's usually an uphill battle to prove them wrong. But, if you can make a good argument for your point, professors usually give you the props you deserve and take your argument into consideration. After all, that's exactly what professors WANT you to do...they want you to take their subject matter, learn it, understand it, and then come up with your own conclusions. It's part of the learning process.

Here's the article if you want to see it for yourself. Feel free to leave comments. I'm sure there are some who disagree with my rather lightly-developed argument...there will be more to follow, provided someone counters with an alternate view.

CNN Article


Blogger Ivy said...

Sorry for not commenting. I've been away on vacation. Anyways, yeah I totally agree with you. WTF were those kids thinking. I would kill to read the Q'uran. I wanna know which part of the Quran those Muslim fanatics (not believer.. I meant FANATICS) misterpreted.

Well, there are some teachers out there that grade you badly when you disagree with them. But they are a minority. It's very unprofessional to give a crappy grade to a student for disagreeing.

Well, idiots will always be idiots. What can we do. It's not like that there's a cure for idiocy.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Jose said...

i've read about this too and of course, i think it's complete and utter BS. there go the conservatives trying to steal all that which is liberal. can someone fight this please? geez. later.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Jose said...

p.s. - u got an award a few posts ago :-P

9:13 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

I remember conservatives in school constantly complaining about just that in school. I never understood their point because college is about learning and having your preconceived notions being challenged...respectfully of course!

12:55 AM  

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