It is no secret that liberal professors are not hard to come by. Whether it’s in high school or at a university, most of us will have our fair share of overly-opinionated professors. Standing up to professors in the classroom can be difficult, however it is not impossible. Standing up to a liberal professor takes courage. You must have the willpower to respectfully combat your professor’s biased agenda and stick to your guns.

1. Do your research.

Facts are vital for any credible argument. When your professor presents false or twisted information, do your research to prove him or her wrong. Your argument will be ten times more respected after knowing the facts and presenting them well. This does not include articles from BuzzFeed or clips from E! News. Search information from official, unbiased websites to prevent sharing opinion and instead provide evidence.

2. Raise your hand in class and speak up.

Some students believe that professors have automatic hierarchy due to their teaching position. After doing your research and knowing the facts, raise your hand in class to combat what your professor said. While students who are politically unaware sometimes take a professor’s opinion as fact, you can challenge this by simply raising your hand in class. This will give everyone a different perspective and allow room for diverse thoughts and opinions.

3. Be respectful.

Throwing a tantrum is not an effective way to present an argument. After doing your research and becoming a classroom activist, it is crucial to treat everyone with respect. Others will naturally listen to you if you speak with dignity and maturity.  

4. Visit your professor one-on-one.

Professors appreciate students who take time out of their busy days to visit office hours. In addition to speaking up in class, there is not always time to get in every last word. Respect your professor’s time enough to only raise your hand once or twice per class–whatever you see appropriate. Save the rest for a personal conversation one-on-one. Not only will you get to know your professor better, but you will get to have a more lengthy and knowledgeable discussion.

5. Do not back down.

While it is important to see things from an opposing point of view, it is also vital to stick to your own views. Listen to the opinions of your professors and let them know that you understand where they are coming from. Then, present your argument. Stick to what you believe in and do not allow your mind to get tangled in the conversation.

Standing up to liberal professors will take an extensive amount of time to adjust to, however after a little practice, standing up for your views will come naturally. Disagreement and opposing opinions are a part of life. You never know how many minds you may change just by raising your hand once. Stand up, speak out, and do not be afraid to express what you believe in.

Jennifer D.


Jennifer Duplessie is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in political communications incorporating her passion for writing and photography.

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