I’m a liberal professor and my conservative students terrify me.
Jason McCormick
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I have a high schooler now and I am dreading sending her to college. I remember well the bias I witnessed in my undergrad and graduate school experience. But your article reminds me that I did all of the things you ask your conservative students to do. I sought out the facts. I pieced together my arguments. I worked to be prepared for every time I may be challenged and I was challenged far less than I had prepared for.

I do not credit any professor for formulating my views. My ideology is my own. I will not conform to fit into one cookie-cutter political group. I am split across several. Even though some professors tried to put me in one or another.

I will never forget my Business Ethics professor passing me in the hallway after class and telling me to enjoy my Tea Party. Retribution I suppose for having dared to correct him in class about the original inspiration for that group. He made the false assumption that I must be a Tea Partier and he was displaying his disdain for it. Little did he know just how much he had offended me by his passive-aggressive attempt at placing a label on me.

After reading your article I realized something that escaped me at the time. I was so focused on being prepared if called upon to defend my views I never noticed that the liberal students never had to defend their positions in class. I assume that was because the professor and I were the only ones introducing any. The acceptable liberal arguments were made by the professor in ready to repeat snippets. I could have saved a lot of stress on myself by accepting everything presented to me with agreeable silence.

I would have preferred to read about how you plan to challenge your liberal students to be equally prepared in class with their own researched facts and arguments. That way you can simply moderate the discussion and leave your own facts and figures at home.

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