Originally Posted by Jubelum
As I said before... grades and a hostile learning environment.
So then there should be thousands of conservatives across America flunking out of school. Where are they?
This coming from the proponent of an ideology that thrives on finding new "victims" around every corner.
A hostile environment is created when a professor, rather than choosing the path of constructive discourse, chooses to use his or her bully pulpit, and the power held therein, to attempt to embarrass or mock a student for their political belief.
I once had a PoliSci professor demand that I defend a Reagan Administration policy... with a "you people" and a "conservatism kills people" thrown in for good measure. Did I handle him? You bet. But it cost me. And that is not where I believe the academe is at its best.
You know, sometimes professors say things. Sometimes, they play a "role" when they stand up there, and they might even, in the course of discussing something, single out a student who has been vocally conservative throughout the semester and say "OK, Jubelum, how do you people defend Reagan's policy of eating live babies on the steps of the supreme court against claims that his conservatism kills people?" And then the student responds. And then they go on with class. And then the student gets all upset because he thinks he was being mocked, even though the professor was trying to engage the students in some kind of discussion about the topic.
But more often, a student is given an essay to write about, say, Darwin or Marx. The essay is specific, say. It might ask the student to read Darwin in a specific way. But the student doesn't do that. The student writes a rant about the evils of evolution or Marxism, does a crap job of it, and gets a crap grade. Then the student complains about oppression.
This happens all the time
Middy... I am not claiming a 100%, across-the-board, systemic oppression of conservatives. I've never made that claim. I've said that there are times when certain professors can go out of bounds both in terms of their duties to free inquiry, and their duty to fairness in academic assessment.
Then why are you still arguing? No one is going to disagree with the idea that sometimes a professor behaves like an ass.
But you should keep in mind that sometimes students behave like asses, too, and insist on disrupting planned lectures or discussions by insisting that their viewpoint be addressed, even though it means that the rest of the class doesn't get the instruction on the material that the professor is supposed to be teaching.