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One professor spouting political bullshit shouldn't be enough to sway an adult's mind unless he happens to agree with them.
People aren't lemmings
You underestimate the lack of critical thinking many posses, and their willingness to conform under pressure.
Also- forgot to add this in but one thing that kids don't have that college students do is the freedom to NOT sit there and listen, the freedom to go above the professor's head if the teaching is truly that bad, and the freedom to leave the school if it is not teaching them what they want to learn.
I suppose that makes sense, we're all guilty of switching sides to conform at some point in our lives, but to baby an adult because they have the critical thinking capacity of a child goes VERY much against every pedagogy I know.
At any rate, they're professors. They can run the class as they wish. You also can drop the class as you wish.
I had to take a class with a feminist professor who on the first day was trying to say that all men were the source of all crime. Her arguments were generalities that weren't even so much as rooted in any data.
I dropped it the next day. Never looked back. She got fired some time later for low class attendance and poor reviews.
College kids are adults, and they need to be able to make decisions for themselves and to learn to think for themselves. Otherwise they'll never function as adults.
Now I disagree far more with TEACHERS, at the K-12 level, trying to force ideology onto children- they don't have the critical thinking skills to be anything but manipulated by it. And you can teach those skills as well as tolerance of other opinions to them gently, but you should never, ever tell a child that you are right and supreme- that's just bad teaching right there. The kind of teaching that hopefully all adults can recognize. Maybe that's naive, I dunno.
And I still disagree with a professor that tries to teach one ideology as correct. Maybe cos I studied under professors who, despite their own personal views coming across occasionally, made sure you learned about all the different ways of thinking about a certain issue.
But at any rate... my experience in college was that it was meant to help me actually become an adult.
And part of that process is dealing with people that only want you to think one way, while retaining enough common sense to remain true to your own opinions.
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