:: Saturday, May 20, 2006 ::
An Example Of Why Whining About Liberal Bias In Education Is Stupid
Via The Poor Man comes this account of a dumb student complaint:
After 34 years of college teaching, I thought I had heard just about every imaginable student complaint. Last week, however, a freshman in my 300-seat US History Since 1865 course came in to discuss her exam with one of the graders and proceeded to work herself into a semi-hissy over the fact that we had spent four class periods(one of them consisting of a visit from Taylor Branch) discussing the civil rights movement.This here's the problem - conservatives call bias when the facts don't agree with them or their worldview. Thing is, academia likes these fact things, and is loath to give them up. I challenge anyone here to give me incontrovertable proof that there is a liberal bias on the UIUC campus that doesn't fall into this category of dealing with uncomfortable truths.
“I don’t know where he’s getting all of this,” she complained,”we never discussed any of this in high school.” One might have let the matter rest here as simply an example of a high school history teacher’s sins of omission being visited on the hapless old history prof. had the student not informed the TA in an indignant postcript, ” I’m not a Democrat! I don’t think I should have to listen to this stuff!”
As a personal note, my America since 1945 class in high school spent nearly a whole month on the Civil Rights movement.
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