Conservative English Major, a PhD candidate in English at an unnamed university, finds little respect for diversity by his fellow academics.
I recall when I started my PhD program that the professor I was “TA”ing for at the time, got all the TAs together and told us how to deal with “right wing assholes” who will try to steal the discussion and push their narrow views on the class.
I made a comment about how, yeah, extreme views on either side of the spectrum are bad when taken overboard – what is needed is real discussion considering all the sides of the issue.
I was given an odd look and told that liberals are never wrong and their views are appropriate for class, since liberals are open-minded and tolerant and that’s what higher education is about: liberalizing the students.
Silly me, I thought it was about clear and honest discussion of all sides of an issue.
CEM is a TA for a professor who teaches a general education literature class. The prof “admitted he chooses works of literature that are anti-religious because he wants to show the students how idiotic it is to be religious.”
I was a TA for a British lit survey class, in which we were discussing Milton. Of course, the only important thing about Milton was what a sexist he was, and we spent some three days of lecture looking at his negative depiction of Eve. For the most part, this consisted of looking at select passages and simply noting how sexist he was.
Many students began asking questions about Milton’s theology. The response of the professor was — I kid you not — that she was a post-Christian, and that she didn’t think a discussion of Christianity was important to an understanding of Milton.
‘Cause Milton never wrote on religious themes.