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Dear Professors Who Push A Liberal Agenda,
It is true that most of my peers are either liberal or oblivious to the world of politics. Most people don’t mind the jab you just made at President Bush and they didn’t even notice your comment about all the old white men wanting to steal women’s rights – but I did. The majority of this class either didn’t hear you or nodded in agreement – that wasn’t me. This is a classroom. This is where I come to learn facts and methods for problem solving and having a future in my field. If I wanted an hour of liberal bias, I’d turn on Rachel Maddow – I choose not to do that. As a professor, you hold quite a bit of power, I’m sure you’re aware. I am in this room because I want to learn, be successful, and earn my degree. Unfortunately, I cannot do so without passing your class so, here I am. In order to do well, I am forced to listen to your lectures, memorize your notes, and complete your assignments. However, instead of giving me the facts that I need to be successful, you’re using this time to push your agenda.
Let’s be honest, it’s sad. In a world full of debates, social media, and platforms where you are free to share your thoughts and opinions – you resorted to using a class full of captive teenagers. A room of people who are scared to speak up against the person who controls their grade and their chance at graduation. If you are truly passionate about the opinions you’re trying to pass off as facts, why not promote them outside of the classroom? Why wouldn’t you want to share those thoughts in a place where people feel comfortable to debate and discuss? If you really want to discuss these ideas as a part of this class, open up the floor for debate, share BOTH sides – there are so many ways to incorporate your opinions without forcing them on those who can’t have an equal voice.
I’m here to tell you that this classroom is not meant to be your political platform. Just because you control my grade, does not mean that you have the right to force your political opinions upon a captive room of students. Many of my classmates agree with you, and others didn’t even notice – that doesn’t make this okay. I am all for an open discussion. I’d be happy for your political opinions to be introduced as a topic of debate. Unfortunately, that’s almost never the case. Far too often, I find myself in a classroom, writing down liberal talking points as facts to learn for a test and it’s WRONG. The worst part about this is that you’re indoctrinating rather than educating your students. Many of us are still young and forming our opinions. It is your job as a mentor and role model to guide and inform students, not to use their vulnerability as a way to influence their views.
I went from being eager to learn to dreading this part of my day. Even on the days I don’t speak up, I still hear you. Don’t underestimate me. I may be a student but I don’t take everything you say as facts without considering and questioning it. Liberalism does not have a monopoly on my generation, and I will not simply sit back while you use this time to push your ruthless agenda on an audience who has no choice but to listen. I’m not scared of my views. I’m not scared of a debate. I am scared of your blatant misuse of power. It’s unacceptable and unprofessional. I respectfully ask that in the classroom, you put on that white hat, educate rather than indoctrinate, and allow us to form our own opinions.