Isabella Capanda ‘19: In today’s America, people find themselves to be more divided than ever when it comes to the discussion of politics. Many people base their opinions on the thoughts of their peers or on party stereotypes. One such case happened when New York University students were asked on their opinion on President Trump’s State of The Union Address, a week before it happened.
Cabot Phillips of the Campus Reform conducted this experiment showing student bias. When asked about their thoughts, student responses like ‘ridiculous’ and ‘offensive’ were not uncommon. Phillips referenced a ‘chant’ the President started in the chambers (which never happened), and the students went right along with it, not batting an eye.
These remarks show that students associate conservatives in a negative way and begin to blindly follow what they’re taught in the classroom. During a few of the interviews, students found his remarks once again ‘offensive’ and ‘crazy,’ but they were not shocked because of “what he’s done in the past.” This furthers the idea that students take what professors preach and assume it’s true.
“I was sadly not surprised,” said Phillips. He found that professors majorly teach with a liberal perspective and if a student has a conservative viewpoint, they are ridiculed. This makes students feel as if they can only be liberal when in reality they can be so much more.
A students time in college is a crucial point in their life. They begin to form their own beliefs and discover who they are. By impairing a students ability to disagree, professors are indirectly forcing their own beliefs on to their students, impeding the ability to grow.
This bias that manifests in students at an early age causes them to become prejudice and not consider the other point of view. If this continues to be the case, what does that mean for the future? Will there continue to be this divide or will one party overcome the other?