Bias is everywhere. The smallest school children and oldest grandparents all approach every situation with the bias that they’ve gained from the experiences they’ve had. Professors, judges, doctors, scientists, and everyone else you meet are pondering the information they receive daily. The people who raised you, the friends around you, the television shows you grew up watching— they all contribute to the lens you view the world through.
People use this bias to search for the people and media that confirm what they already know about the world, from the angle that they know it. The natural human tendency to do this is called Cognitive Dissonance Theory. People who were raised thinking one thing don’t like to watch news stations that tell them the opposite. The same goes for the books they read, the movies they watch, and the company they keep.
This theory is also true for our university professors. Professors who are left-of-center will naturally look for textbooks and videos that support a liberal view of their subject. Professors who are right-of-center will look for conservative ones. Many of the classes we attend on a daily basis teach us about the court cases that have been passed in recent history, such as Roe vs. Wade and Obergefell vs Hodges. We’re told in class that the Kennedy family was a model family for Americans. However, should we really claim that we’re being indoctrinated?
So often today, conservatives take to social media platforms like Twitter to air their concerns and frustrations with having liberal professors on their campuses. They claim the liberal professors and administration are keeping them from freely thinking and speaking, and that the professors are trying to stomp out all conservative opinions on campuses across the country.
There are special cases that constitute bias and indoctrination, such as professors lowering grades or asking a student to leave the classroom based on their beliefs. However, a professor simply being liberal does not equal indoctrination.
College is seen as a place where a student’s thoughts are challenged and their beliefs become stronger and more developed through writing, debating, and researching. Having your values constantly challenged by professors and liberal peers can be frustrating, but, more often than not, they aren’t attempting to indoctrinate you. They are simply asking you to consider your position and strengthen it based on the position presented.
Conservative students should have the ability to read a biased textbook or watch a left-leaning video and discern what in the video is fact, and what might have been written or said with bias. Students should also be checking sources on everything, and understanding that everything being stated in a classroom should be taken with a grain of salt.
Calling every hardship we experience “indoctrination” and saying that the school is treading on our Constitutional Rights discredits our movement and makes it seem as if the students in the our movement can’t handle being taught by someone who disagrees with them. It also makes it harder for people to take real indoctrination and oppression seriously.
More often than not, you are not oppressed on your liberal campus, and you are not being indoctrinated. Learn to work with peers, professors and administration that disagree with you and the movement will gain credibility and respect.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.