When I see a topic like this one, there's one thing in particular that I look for. Are people posting facts, or are they posting subjective
Here's the key difference. A fact is something that any of us could have verified or seen for ourselves if we'd been there. A subjective judgment
I'll give some examples of each from posts that have already been made here:
Here are some facts:
I've never had a problem voicing my true beliefs with [professors]. . . . As long as my timing is right and I'm not intensely disrespectful I can
crack jokes at their ideas and flat out call them on trying to BS the class.
I could have verified that if I'd shared a class with Vagabond.
Here is a subjective judgment:
My own experience from the nineties was that professors spent too much time in class pushing their agendas
I couldn't verify that if I'd been there, at least not without clarifying, "What do you mean by 'pushing their agendas'?"
Here is another fact:
I had one professor who taught a required class on Research Methods in Political Science that was very upset that the American Flag flew at the head
of our room because it was "government propaganda meant to assist in our socialization process."
Since this is an actual description of what the professor said and did, I could have verified that if I'd been there.
Here's another subjective judgment:
I loved college, but I took a race relations course my last semester that was nothing but a white-male bashing festival that presaged my graduate
experience in the nineties.
Would I have judged that course to be a "white-male bashing festival"? Without knowing what was said that Grady judged in this way, I can't
Now here's the thing. If I look over the material in this thread, and disregard everything except facts, I can find only two of them that support
the idea of discrimination against conservatives on campus even slightly, and that's Dr. Strangecraft's two instances where professors graded him
down, apparently for his views (and he presents supporting evidence to make me believe that). Yet he also says,
But other that those two professors, I don't think I was generally GRADED DOWN for being politically incorrect.
Two professorial jerks do not, of course, a campus trend make.
Other facts I see here either deny that there is any problem with that sort of thing, or address the phenomenon of professors speaking their political
minds in their classrooms, which of course does not constitute oppression.
If you hold political views that are strongly different from the majority of both faculty and students -- and there is no denying that college
campuses are usually very liberal places -- then you may feel
discriminated against as a byproduct of feeling isolated and ganged up on. But
that feeling is itself likely to lend a bias to your judgment.