- 2 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
What do you think of professors who use their position to push their own political beliefs on students?
I do not know if anyone can help, but I would like to vent. I teach at a small college. As an adjunct, I teach a couple of courses a semester. I worked in various areas of the business world before doing this, so I have not been immersed in academia like the full-timers seem to be.
The professor whose office is right near mine meets regularly one-on-one with students to discuss their papers. Office space is more of a cubicle, so I can’t help but overhear. Notice that the students say almost nothing, the prof is not interested in their opinions. I hear 20 or even 30 minute harangues by the professor about her own opinions.
This prof is not the only one who does this. Another prof meets with students, and I see the student just sitting there not talking, while the professor reminisces about her generation (1960s) activism, what an awful capitalist system we live in, how racist society is, pro-gay marriage etc.
Now, I am not opposed to any professor raising these issues, questioning capitalism, asking students to consider racial injustice or marriage inequality. I do not mean to suggest a prof can’t express an opinion if he or she is willing to hear the students’ opinions. But I do not hear any discussion at all, just monologues by these professors. I don’t know what happens in their classrooms, but this is what happens during office hours. The first professor I mentioned also seems to be a very bright woman, totally frustrated by her 18 and 19-year-old student’s inability to understand the literature she teaches. Her voice drips with contempt as she tells them, one after the other, that their papers make no sense.
Mentioned this situation to someone in charge, and she said that this was wrong. It should come from the students, not be imposed by us, she said. But she never asked who I meant or did anything about it as far as I know.