(National Sentinel) Fearful: A new survey found that a majority of college students say they’re afraid to disagree with their professors’ and instructors’ political views and social beliefs, likely because they believe their grades will suffer.
Breitbart News reported:
A national online survey of 800 full-time undergraduates in both public and private schools found 53 percent of participants said they often “felt intimidated” to openly share ideas, opinions, or beliefs that were different from those expressed by professors in class.
A majority of students – 54 percent – also said they often felt intimidated to express their views with peers who disagreed with them, while 44 percent said they did not feel intimidated.
Additionally, 52 percent of respondents said their professors “often” used class teaching time to express their own political and social views that are not related to course subject matter, while 47 percent said this did not occur often.
The survey was conducted by McLaughlin & Associates on behalf of Yale University’s William F. Buckley Jr. Program earlier this month.
“American academicians unfortunately appear to be just as political and overbearing as one would expect,” Freeman wrote. “This column isn’t old enough to remember when university faculty were thought to be conscientious adults in loco parentis. But perhaps the actual parents who write checks can someday find some way to encourage more responsible behavior.”
That’s exactly right. Unless or until there is a financial penalty for the Alt-Left authoritarians posing as college professors, there won’t be any change in the classroom.
There were other findings — some good, some disturbing — in the survey.
For instance, 60 percent of students said it is never okay to use “physical violence” in order to silence a person from expressing views defined as “hate speech. One-third, however, did endorse violence as a means of opposing “offensive” speech (which, of course, they get to define).
Freeman said the survey found that 79 percent of those surveyed believe the First Amendment is “an important amendment that still needs to be followed and respected.” Only 17 percent of students said the First Amendment is “outdated” and “should be changed.”
“The free exchange of ideas is in danger on American campuses,” Freeman said. “And given the unprofessional behavior of American faculty suggested by this survey, education reformers should perhaps focus on encouraging free-speech advocates within the student body while adopting a campus slogan from an earlier era: Don’t trust anyone over 30.”
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