After reading Tuesday’s article entitled “More representation,” I was left with a feeling of disgust. It is disgust for those who see our institution as a political breeding ground rather than a place of education and development. I can’t speak for everyone, but I hope most students are experiencing college as a liberating time by allowing them to pursue the knowledge reflecting their own desires and interests.
These classes are mostly taught by competent teachers who have worked hard to get to where they are. They in turn dispense their understanding of the world to us through facts and analysis of those facts. What is actually being taught is the ability to think for oneself. By mandating a professor’s political view we are basically telling some professors, “You are wrong.”
It’s an insult to both the future and current educational staff. The real purpose of trying to influence the staff is to turn our institutions into a politically conservative breeding ground. By hiring some professors under the proposed policies, it is implied they should impart their conservative view on us. These policies threaten to select these individuals firstly by ideology and secondly by ability. The focus should be on the best educators for the job. It isn’t a professor’s ideology or their ability to politically motivate what benefits us. It is the knowledge and experience that good educators help to develop within us, which then leads to better choices and a better life.