To my unbiased professors,

First of all, thank you. The handful of unbiased professors I’ve had have taught me more than almost all of the biased ones put together. Honestly, I can recall more from courses I took a year ago where my professor chose to remain unbiased than I can from some of my most recent classes taught by ideologues.

The biggest difference is a professor’s willingness to explore all aspects of a topic. Instead of apologizing for himself, his traits, or any negative situation, he feels as though he has contributed to when discussing a difficult subject, an unbiased professor will explore the difficult views of topics, the hard realities, or the less explored side that results from the enormous political similarities shared among students.

I was very fortunate in high school to have the majority of my teachers remain unbiased. They taught based on many different topics, views, and arguments. These teachers prepared me for what I thought would be an intellectual conglomeration of ideas in college. I was unbelievably disappointed to not have experienced this during my first year of classes.

One of the first classes I attended in college, my professor spoke on one side on every issue. Neither my classmates nor myself heard anything different. My professor used his given time to teach about “social justice” issues that we were to answer questions on each week. He refused to discuss our actual material and instead spent class periods apologizing for being a white male.

This is a sad truth that I have experienced in academia. While those biased classes have proven to be much easier for me to obtain a good grade in, I have never come away from them thinking, “wow, I learned a lot and really enjoyed that class.” Most of the time, those courses made me wonder why I chose to pay for them to begin with.

The same goes to the single professor I have had that was more conservative. It is not helpful to students to preach your beliefs and refuse to challenge ideas or concepts.

To the handful of teachers and professors that have remained unbiased, thank you. Thank you to my government and U.S. history teachers in high school who sparked my interest in politics and American history. Thank you to my professors in college who have made me a better writer, a more critical thinker, and taught me concepts that will be undeniably useful in my time after college.

To my biased professors, do not forget what academia is supposed to be about. College is supposed to be a place of challenging ideas. The classroom should be a place where students learn to think critically.  Students should be prepared that their views will be challenged one day, and become prepared for the real world.

Elizabeth C