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mr wonder 09-07-2019 08:23 AM

73% of 'Red' Students Hide Their Politics 4 Fears about Grades
 
Poll: 73 Percent of Republican Students Have Hidden Their Politics over Fears about Grades

https://www.yahoo.com/news/poll-73-p...142449946.html

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A recent survey of 1,000 Republican and Republican-leaning college students has found that 73 percent of them have hidden their political views in the classroom — because they’re worried that exposing them could negatively impact their grades.

College Pulse conducted the online poll at the end of August for a conservative campus-news source, The College Fix, which has previously reported on its findings. The survey polled conservative-leaning students only.

According to The Fix, the survey asked students: “Have you ever withheld your political views in class for fear that your grades would suffer?”
Seventy-three percent of students who considered themselves to have “strong Republican” views said yes, as well as 71 percent with “weak Republican” views and 70 percent of Republican-leaning independents.

The huge percentage of conservative students responding in this way is disheartening — but it’s not shocking. In my years working for National Review, I’ve covered numerous examples of professors and faculty on college campuses who have chosen to make their hatred for conservatives known. For example, earlier this year, administrators at Middlebury College apologized to students who were upset that a conservative speaker had been invited to campus and pledged to do more to prevent conservative speakers in the future. In 2017, a Clemson University professor declared in a Facebook post that “all Republicans” are “racist” and “scum.” In 2015, a journalism instructor at Mississippi State University compared a conservative student group to the KKK. Back in 2014, a University of Michigan department chairwoman published an article titled “It’s Okay To Hate Republicans.”

First of all, let me be clear about the fact that I completely, totally support the First Amendment — and I absolutely understand that colleges’ professors and other employees do, and should, have the right to express their views. The thing is, though, they should really take more care to keep their comments to be more along the lines of policy discussions and avoid demonizing entire groups of people based solely on the fact that they’re on the opposite side of the political spectrum. Truly, I believe that our country would be a better place if everyone tried to maintain this kind of civility — but educators should especially want to adhere to it, for the sake of the students that they are tasked with teaching.

Now, it’s obvious how the Republican students would be helped by this kind of approach. If such huge numbers of them are really too uncomfortable to share their honest views in the classroom for fear of getting lower grades because of it, then they are not getting the kind of educational experience that they deserve. No student should feel uncomfortable in the classroom simply because he or she is a Republican. After all, college should be a place where people with all different kinds of views can feel free to express them — and have them challenged — so that they can learn and grow, and Republicans are missing out on that sort of valuable expression.
Which brings me to my second point: ....

Pretty sad.
It'd be nice if more folks could practice more of the old "civility" or "walking a mile in the others moccasins" or "tolerance" or possible "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you".

cnredd 09-07-2019 10:49 AM

Re: 73% of 'Red' Students Hide Their Politics 4 Fears about Grades
 
This is why I believe Trump is doing better than what polls say...Because many keep their views close to the chest (or play pretend) for fear of reprisal, then go to the voting booth and vote their actual views...:yes

pjohns 09-07-2019 01:50 PM

Re: 73% of 'Red' Students Hide Their Politics 4 Fears about Grades
 
In the late 1960s and early '70s, the "New Left" preached tolerance. In fact, it was surely its chief virtue.

Nowadays, the left is symbolized by a deep intolerance of anything that differs from leftist orthodoxy. (Why, this is not merely to be defeated by careful logic; rather, it is to be shouted down--or simply not allowed to present itself, at all...)

jimbo 09-07-2019 02:20 PM

Re: 73% of 'Red' Students Hide Their Politics 4 Fears about Grades
 
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Originally Posted by cnredd (Post 977792)
This is why I believe Trump is doing better than what polls say...Because many keep their views close to the chest (or play pretend) for fear of reprisal, then go to the voting booth and vote their actual views...:yes

In 2016, in the only poll that mattered, Trump won by 25% after being down in all the other polls by 6-8% two hours earlier.

GetAClue 09-09-2019 05:57 AM

Re: 73% of 'Red' Students Hide Their Politics 4 Fears about Grades
 
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Originally Posted by pjohns (Post 977794)
In the late 1960s and early '70s, the "New Left" preached tolerance. In fact, it was surely its chief virtue.

Nowadays, the left is symbolized by a deep intolerance of anything that differs from leftist orthodoxy. (Why, this is not merely to be defeated by careful logic; rather, it is to be shouted down--or simply not allowed to present itself, at all...)

See, that is the problem. The left cannot win arguments or debates with logic as their positions are borne of emotional responses to situations. Every policy position they take is illogical at it's core, but is meant to appeal to voters on an emotional level. Their fear is that when their positions are examined with a logical lenses, minus any drama, their positions fall apart around them. Therefore they have to shout them down and attempt to keep opposing views from being presented or even heard.

Jeerleader 09-11-2019 03:22 AM

Re: 73% of 'Red' Students Hide Their Politics 4 Fears about Grades
 
It isn't just students.

Try being a conservative -- a REPUBLICAN even -- while being a union building trades member in a city like Philadelphia.

Well, if you don't want to sit on the bench in the day room, you don't let it be known, that's how you do it.

It's not just a matter of having some shade thrown your way, it's a matter of being blacklisted, put on the "do no put this guy to work until he's the last SOB available" list. It's about earning a living and feeding your family, and those Democrats in power wouldn't have a problem watching you and them starve, let alone fall out of health benefits etc.


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