That’s Right Nate

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Academic Bias Latest Blow to White Male Students

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bandshirtI read an article in the Independent Collegian today about a group of students at the University of Toledo who have gotten sick and tired of putting up with liberal professors picking on them and correcting their mistakes.   I had many experiences during college with liberal professors who marked me down for my political biases, particularly in math classes.  White males are already in a very difficult position in most universities in this country.   This sort of bias only makes life harder.

Even in English literature classes, professorial bias reared its ugly head.  One time, I had gone down to Atlanta to visit a girl over Spring Break.   By a weird coincidence, my sister had taken the same class with the same professor 5 years earlier.   She had been kind enough to give me her old papers and while the professor changed the assignments, this one remained the same.   My sister had received a 95 on her paper on Paradise Lost.  I retyped it and made only the changes that the professor had indicated in grading my sister’s paper.   My sister with her overabundance of college partying had turned in her paper “late as usual” according to the cover page.   I turned mine in on time.  The result?  She got a 95 and I got an 83.

That sort of bias and more exists on today’s campuses.   Try explaining to a geology professor that you know the planet is 6,000 years old because the Bible tells you so and don’t even get me into history or political science classes.   I once had a South American History professor try to tell me that the United States was responsible for many of South America’s problems.

We need colleges to show respect for all points of view.  Many of the supposed facts they teach have a liberal bias.  They even use Arabic numerals.  To me, that’s extremely unamerican.  We need the colleges to show the same kind of sensitivity that the town of Sedalia, Missouri had when the School Board banned the Smith-Cotton High School from wearing shirts which seemed to promote the idea of evolution and just as disturbingly the idea that apes could play brass instruments.   “I was disappointed with the image on the shirt.” said band parent and district teacher Sherry Melby,  “I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.”

With the school year just starting, it’s time we stop the political correctness and start being supportive of students with all political viewpoints or at the very least those that are right of center.  There is room in this country for moderates, neo cons, traditional conservatives, and libertarians.


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Written by thatsrightnate

August 31, 2009 at 8:22 pm

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  1. Teachers should just teach the subject matter they are supposed to teach and leave their opinions out of their teaching. The purpose of the class is for the students to develop their own opinions by doing their own work and not be incluenced by the teacher’s personal opinion. Teachers should also not grade assignments based on their personal opinions or political preferences. If teachers can’t do this, can’t be objective, and can’t just teach their subject matter without injecting their political views in their teaching, then they are lousy teachers and should be fired (regardless if they have tenure or are members of a teacher’s union).

    Elvis

    February 3, 2011 at 11:56 pm


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