Colleen Buhrer stated the academic bill of rights will hamper
controversial class discussions and make professors feel like they
can’t do their jobs effectively or have the right to freedom of
speech. I disagree. Through my research about bias on college
campuses I discovered interesting statistics.
In the social science department at the University of
Colorado-Boulder, 94 percent of the professors identified
themselves as liberal and 98 percent at DU! Being liberal isn’t
wrong and neither is hiring a liberal professor. Students are there
to learn, if they are forced to hear one opinion on topics, they
aren’t truly getting the whole picture.
This bill isn’t eliminating class discussion, it’s making it
unbiased, which makes perfect sense. In fact it promotes class
discussion on controversial issues and students are more likely to
participate in class discussions.
According to Buhrer, if this bill was to be passed and another
Sept.11, 2001, happens, discussion in the classroom wouldn’t
happen. Clearly an ignorant statement! It would be discussed, it’s
history and in our textbooks, why wouldn’t we be able to discuss
It’s incorrect to assume that professors wouldn’t be able to
fulfill their duty or verbal rights as a result of the bill.
Knowing where the professor is coming from, we are able to separate
bias from facts. Isn’t college about finding what we believe and
where we stand in the world?