Politically & Religiously Biased Teachers

Mirage

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What do you think about teachers and college professors who use their political bias to direct their lesson plans, etc?

Is it ok if they do this as long as they provide facts to back their opinions, or should they stick strictly to book knowledge when teaching?
 

MAgnum9987

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Adolf hitler's Collegian History teacher gave the young adolf hitler his radical right wing and racist views. No, biased college lessons are not valid, and should not be allowed. College should offer open views for its students to offer their own opinions and ase their career on that
 
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Biased? I don't think so, what with young minds being very impressionable. I don't have a problem with teachers sharing their beliefs or opinion (they weren't actually allowed to do that in my school) but they should always give the other sides' too. Or at least let the kids know there are other sides to the 'story'.
 

CaptainObvious

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I am completely against teachers and professors who use their political bias in their teaching. While both sides do it, it is much more common place from the left. Most universities in the US have very left wing professors and unfortunately, they use that bias to influence their students and show bias towards those that agree.
 

Mirage

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Reality has a liberal/secular bias, so if the academic community didn't as well, they really wouldn't be doing their jobs.
So if a teacher was pushing conservative viewpoints on students they wouldn't be doing their job?
 

ExpectantlyIronic

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Hybrix said:
So if a teacher was pushing conservative viewpoints on students they wouldn't be doing their job?
I suppose that depends upon what you consider conservative ideas. There are certainly conservative ideas with intellectual merit, that I'd have no problem seeing taught about in a classroom. There are also very bright and rational conservatives who'd I'd have no problem teaching a class, and sharing their ideas with their students. But, overall, I think secular and leftist thinkers dominate academia for a reason. Some memes that might well proliferate in the absence of scrutiny, just don't hold up well when there's a demand they be defensible and rigorously justified.
 
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CaptainObvious

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I disagree that reality has a liberal bias I think it's the contrary. But of course we're all going to have our points of view. I have no problem with professors having a point of view, the problem I have are those professors who do much more than advocate their point of view and attempt to stifle a free exchange of ideas. There are professors who mimic and mock opposing points of view and there are instances of professors punishing students of a particular political persuasion. I think those in academia that do that should be done away with.
 

Swiftstrike

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So if a teacher was pushing conservative viewpoints on students they wouldn't be doing their job?
I wouldnt be surprise


Accounting and Business professors have some conservative view points while history and philosophy professors I expect to have a more liberal view.

I think the conservative mind-set closes options for young minds. I don't think the case is the same for liberal professors...

I would expect professors to keep an open-mind when teaching students. I think bias views are appropriate for situations and topics. They are unavoidable and trying to teach a class regarding tax and/or philosophy without some bias is difficult to impossible...because bias and viewpoints in those classes are bound to come up.

The students are not kids they are adults. Legally and mentally they should be prepared.
 
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ysabel

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What do you think about teachers and college professors who use their political bias to direct their lesson plans, etc?

Is it ok if they do this as long as they provide facts to back their opinions, or should they stick strictly to book knowledge when teaching?
My sociology and anthropology teachers are openly socialist/marxists and atheists. I think it even helps in explaining what they're teaching. I assume if they were fundamentalist conservatives either they wouldn't be teaching the subject or they would hold back information. I haven't really seen someone with that background teach it so I wouldn't know how much bias would show if it were contrary to the subject they're teaching. That's one of the issues I can think of (when there's conflict between the two). The other is if they let their biases dictate the grading system (ex: those who disagree with their beliefs get lower grades).