My University was full of Liberal Professors. I remember three in particular who made sure we knew how they felt at least once a week. Before anyone
asks,.... no,...these particular classes had little (if anything) to do with Politics. To give you an example, an art class Professor decided to bring
in Voter registration cards, and strongly recommended to us that we fill them out and vote that "Moron" out of office. The class cheered of course.
She used to go on about Politics in class at least a couple of minutes whenever she could find the time. I liked her as a person and teacher, but I
didn't appreciate the opinionated political lectures which had nothing to do with the class. She wasn't the only one of course, but what's the
point of mentioning any of it if I don't have these Political diatribes recorded on tape? Maybe one of you who are still in College might like to
take a little tape recorder to class if you have one of these Professors teaching you. Just a thought.
At one point one of the students decided to create a dry-eraser-board soldier for a project, and plant him along the walk way. Students would walk by
and write down their thoughts about the Iraq conflict. Messages read something along the lines of "Bush is a plant", "Bush is a moron", etc. etc.
I obviously can't remember every message word for word, but many colorful (inappropriate) words were used. I have nothing against someone expressing
their opinions, I just feel that those opinions could be expressed with the use of a more civil language. I certainly would have had more respect for
In all my years attending this University, I heard maybe five-six Conservatives speak their mind. Why so few? Do most Conservatives not enjoy speaking
their minds? Was the school lacking in Conservatives? Or were they too intimidated to speak up, especially after the Professor voiced his own opinion
of what an idiot George W. Bush and all those war-mongering Conservatives were?
I can't say I'm Conservative through and through, and I certainly can't say I'm a Democrat either. There are some things I like and dislike about
both political parties.
Did I feel discriminated against/slighted by any of this? I was bothered by it, but I wouldn't say I was victimized. I was vastly outnumbered, so I
couldn't help but feel a little intimidated. That's only natural. I said what I wanted to say, but to be honest I tried not to talk about Politics
too much. I knew I wasn't going to change their outlook on things, and I never (during the years I spent among them) heard them say anything that
would make me change my mind. The way some of them talked about it didn't help their case. Arguing with them just didn't seem worth the energy. I'd
say it was like trying to convince a devout Christian that there is no God. People believe what they want to believe, and I'm sure that in some cases
that's true for me as well.
I'd like to make one thing clear; I would have been just as upset about this had the Conservative professors used their class time to voice their
opinions about how Democrats 'suck'. If/when appropriate, Professors should encourage students to voice their opinions no matter what Political
Party they stand behind. Professors should either present both views equally, or keep their mouth shut about this particular issue,....ESPECIALLY if
politics have no place in their particular classrooms (i.e. Art, Biology, etc.) The point of being a teacher is to provide your students with
information,....and allow them to form their own opinions based on that information. If you go on about how you hate/love George W. Bush, some
weak-minded students (or those who believe you are the authority on the subject) just might want to impress you by agreeing with everything you say.
You have to teach them to think for themselves! If you fail to do this, you're creating mindless sheep. If you're consciously creating mindless
sheep, you are purposely doing society a disservice. Just my opinion of course.