The Reframing of English Courses

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019


My high school introduced me to my favorite subject: English. But it wasn’t until my first experience as a college student where I encountered a rude awakening and found an overly political tone dominating the classroom everyday.

English is my favorite subject, but I experienced a rude awakening in college where overtly political tones dominated the English classroom. English used to be about literature as a whole, from the likes of Shakespeare to Ernest Hemingway, but, in the modern climate, professors have become activists using personal opinions as objective truth.

My classes shared the same stories heard from many Berkeley University students, including misinterpreted quotes from President Trump and a complete retelling of American history.

According to my college professors, Trump represents the ongoing oppression dating back to the era of segregation. The overall theme of our daily lectures suggested that minority groups and low income families are just as powerless and stripped of their natural rights as those living in the 1960s were.

There was no mention of any positive, inspiring moments in America’s entire history following the Civil Rights Movement. This is when I realized my professors were deliberately living in the past and passing it off to students as an unbiased lesson. Messages like these do more harm than good.

The worst part about this is that everyone either agreed or felt compelled to agree with the professor. Everyone failed to challenge the information the professor gave us, even though it was clear that there wasn’t any historical evidence to support the professor’s claims.

The only time an opposing argument was brought up was when my first English professor described a “problematic” discussion she had with another student about immigration. No specific details were examined, but she said the conversation was so toxic and unforgiving it resulted in the class being cancelled early. Does that sound like a learning environment welcoming open discussion?

There is a strange double standard where professors have free will to advocate for anything they want while condemning questions and debate. That should be a red flag for anyone looking for Free Speech on college campuses.

Rebranding terms like socialism and Marxism is not rare in a college that refuses to view world history outside their biases. It’s no surprise this ultimately leads to less dialogue and little to no arguments coming from conservative voices. Meanwhile, my college has endless amounts of clubs and guest speakers openly talking about race, immigration, and identity. These are just a few controversial topics that are welcome on campus, yet they shy away from any conservative talking points.

In fact, the one campus in our district that allows these points of view are Fresno State which has the only club for campus conservatives. There is a complete lack of representation for right-wing voices, which is exceptionally common among students living in California. Unfortunately, most administrators don’t want to go near this issue because it comes with negative publicity.

Until this is addressed, conservatives will continue to face obstacles with no end in sight.

The real problem is the acceptance of politicizing academia while knowing that college is a critical place for people who are barely figuring out how the world works. Young adults are being used as pawns and for personal gain. This is the type of environment that discourages future students from enrolling and causes more polarization.

Aaron Cummings graduated from Clovis East High School in 2017. He is a communications major transferring to Fresno State University. He has a strong passion for politics in California, a state that desperately needs conservative voices to be heard.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Aaron Cummings

Fresno State University

Aaron Cummings graduated from Clovis East High School in 2017. He is a communications major transferring to Fresno State University. He has a strong passion for politics in California, a state that desperately needs conservative voices to be heard.

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