While studying politics in school, an unbiased teacher or professor is hard to come across. While my obsession with politics started in a high school government class, I’m proud to say that I didn’t inherit my views from my teacher or anyone else. This teacher taught without a single biased comment to allow students make their own decisions on issues – for this I will always hold a substantial amount of respect for him. I have him to thank for not only helping me find my obsession with politics, but for allowing me to form my own opinions and ideals. After this and a few other similar experiences, I have the overwhelming urge to write a letter to those who teach without bias.

The first time that I realized studying politics was going to be a long and bumpy road was in my Texas Government course at a community college. By this time I was strong in my political stance, but was not prepared for what was to come. The first day of this class, the professor simply preached her opinions – did I learn anything? No. This strikes me as a waste of time and money.

I once conducted an experiment in which I wrote papers written in a more conservative manner, and some in a more liberal-leaning manner. I don’t think it was purely coincidental that the ones that were aligned with the professor’s opinions received better grades. Giving grades based on what fits with one’s opinions does not sit well with me. Students shouldn’t be locked in a box of a specific ideology. Instead, I think it would be rather beneficial for teachers to let students know that they can develop original thoughts and display them; the thing is, it’s not a teacher’s job to assign them these thoughts.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that everyone is entitled to an opinion. The First Amendment states that citizens have a right to free speech and I believe in this wholeheartedly. This does not mean, however, that it’s always appropriate. I’m sure many agree with me when I say that a teacher should teach the appropriate course work opposed to just preaching ideology. This means that teachers always present both sides of an argument and let students decide what they think for themselves – trust me, students are smart enough to do that. A majority of students haven’t yet developed their own opinions yet – I know I hadn’t as a high school senior. Not only am I wasting money with these professors, but it’s truly painful for me to sit in a classroom knowing that students are taking opinions as fact.

So, for those who teach without bias I just want to say thank you. Thank you for trusting students to assemble their own beliefs instead of assigning them your own. If my high school government teacher had spread his own opinion instead of teaching facts, it would have completely turned me off from politics. Instead, he helped me find my passion. I believe that my unbiased teachers truly held my best interest at heart, and it showed. Teachers hold so much power over the education of students, and it’s enlightening to see those who use their influence for good. Students are capable of forming their own opinions, and they will if you let them.

 

JenniferBadge