Conservative Students Feel Pressure To Self-Censor To Succeed On Campus

Authored by Toni Airaksinen via Campus Reform,

A new study reveals that conservative college students cope with left-leaning professors by self-censoring during class discussions and parroting their professors’ political views on homework assignments.

The study, “Students’ Religiosity and Perceptions of Political Bias: Some Empirical Lessons for Sociology Professors,” was led by Jeremiah Wills, a political science professor at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.

To learn about conservative students, Wills and his team surveyed 394 students at Wayne State University using an online questionnaire. Survey questions were designed to gauge students’ political stance, and whether that stance impacts students’ behavior in class.

For example, students were asked to report if they felt the need to “censor their own political beliefs to preserve their grade” and if, while doing homework, they “feel obligated to incorporate their professors’ beliefs rather than their own.” 

The study is the first of its kind to “document a link between religious and conservative and moderate students’ perceptions of political bias in the classroom and their reactions to such perceived biases,” Wills noted during an interview with Campus Reform.

However, Wills asserted that more research needs to be done. 

His study was designed to gauge the interaction effect between student values and how they react, and not the proportion of students who self-censor, per se, or what proportion feel they cannot truly speak their mind during class discussions. 

Future research could shed light on “generalizable estimates of the pervasiveness of…[how often] students feel compelled to censor themselves in the classroom, acquiesce to their professors’ political beliefs on exams and assignments, or otherwise have negative experiences related to perceived bias,” said Wills. 

“We simply do not know how often this happens or how many students have such negative experiences in the classroom. This needs to be established by additional research,” he noted. “That these undesirable student experiences happen at all, however, is problematic.”

If students feel the need to censor themselves, Wills warns, this may “derail” the learning experience. 

“Student learning is derailed when students perceive a need to censor their beliefs or write on an exam what they think a professor wants to hear. That is not a positive learning experience, or really a learning experience at all,” he explained.

“We are not suggesting that students themselves are responsible for the derailing,” Wills clarified. “It’s a missed learning opportunity. Given their position of authority in the classroom, professors must take responsibility for such outcomes—especially if they are creating a classroom environment in which students do not think they can honestly express their own views.”

To foster a more inclusive learning environment, Wills suggests that professors could go out of their way to acknowledge politically divergent theories during class, and to create a welcoming environment for diverse viewpoints. 

When professors fail to do this, conservative students aren’t the only ones who are hurt, Wills said, noting that “it also deprives liberal students of the learning opportunity to defend their positions, have their ideas challenged, and to hear alternative views.”

Further, he warned that professors may inadvertently “send the message to students that holding a particular ideology is more important than evidence.” 

“We think it is valuable [when professors] give students space to wrestle with the implications of social science research findings—not to provide students a liberal or conservative interpretation that must be accepted to succeed in a class,” he asserted.

Wayne State University Professors Zachary Brewster and Gerald Roman Nowak III also contributed to the research study, which was published in the recent issue of The American Sociologist

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hxc MagicHandPuppet Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:03 Permalink

Easy-peasy for a libertarian, but soul-crushing at times. Went to a high-tier University of California school, a.k.a. "public Ivy" and I tell you what, reality is not what the leftist and fake-right media put out.

Super easy to redpill folks in college; friends that know you are a good person and not some evil demon are willing to listen, learn, debate, etc... and most especially, girls that you make happy pretty much become a tabula rasa. Even friends of mine that still have leftist tendencies are not gutter socialists, which they explicitly attribute to myself and friends like me. Even off the bat in freshman year around 10 years ago I had a lot of ardent libertarians as friends. At a UC whose two main feeder cities were LA and the Bay... Think about that. Fortunately I'm not from either of those shitholes, hah.

Even then, there are people who walk around in a bubble of its own reinforcement all day: the stupidest and simplest of all social narratives that we all know and detest (the marxist/frankfurt/zio/satanist/etc although the followers have yet to learn the latter). Call it out in plain terms for what it is, though, and they will by-and-large shrink from it, even if at minimum, it's because they only at that moment realized how socially unacceptable their views are... but most do have the underlying realization that they have a morally shaky belief system.

Ever confronted someone advocating some of the sicker shit in public? Heartening to see people allow you to speak to their minds when they see cracks in their own logic, but also depressing to the max to see the fucking robotic pink-haired quad-gendered iq-70 fluoride receptacles absolutely EXPLODE with hatred for... a differing opinion that they've never seriously explored the logic of? I don't get what causes people to be so fucking intellectually lazy, but somewhere between that and underactive amygdalas (again, fluoride) I think maybe we will find a cure, someday maybe ;) That and killing all the pedo's may help, but I think we have Golden Grahams in there for that.

Anyway, just something to think about... A lot of people on the right hate on California but there is a lot of voter fraud here, both dnc fake ballots and illegal immigrants with CA-issued driver's licenses. Really, being a conservative in California is a lot like this article, but there are a fuckin damn lot of us. Just look at any election map that shows individual counties. I know this was a rambly post, but I'm hitting the herb at the pool with a tall can. Who cares, enjoy life. Half the time, people are receptive to your countersignal by not getting wrapped up in their needless BS and just plainly having more fun than they are. 

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MacGruber Cryptopithicus Homme Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:54 Permalink

Just like all previous trailing members of groups on the wrong side of history that have self censored. Let’s review the conservative platform: Bigotry, fiscal mismanagement (ex., how many unfunded wars? The Reagan deficit), corporatism, misogyny, xenophobia, undermining  democracy and the rule of law (Patriot Act, Watergate, Citizen United), the use of religion as a method of social control, imperialism (Neocons), and the fallacy that living well only comes through zero sum fuckery of others (no healthcare, let em die, that’s what makes America great. trickle down economics). 

It’s time for it to feel embarrassing because those beliefs are outmoded.

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Umh besnook Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

Exactly, parroting back the professor's points yields an easy A while arguing a different point of view results in a hard B or maybe even an F. It may be hard failing a course because you didn't study or perform well, but failing a course because the professor is a ideologue is educational in a cruel sort of way.

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Endgame Napoleon Cryptopithicus Homme Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:52 Permalink

Some majors have a market value, but not many. When so many people get a degree, the value of an undergrad degree is undermined. 

When I was on campus in the Nineties, my professors were not censorious. If anything, they wanted students who weren’t politically apathetic.

Unfortunately, political opinions from either side of the Uniparty have zero market value for most grads. 

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Umh Endgame Napoleon Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:32 Permalink

Perhaps the real value of a degree is that the employer can reduce 200 applicants down to 20 quickly. That may sound strange, but in the affirmative action world we live in almost any reduction in the chance of being sued is worth it. There is also the verification that the applicant can start a long project (college) and finish it.

BTW, my own opinion is that 80-90 percent of job can be done by someone with a honestly achieved high school education.

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J S Bach Cryptopithicus Homme Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:45 Permalink

This is the greatest weapon of our eternal (((adversary)))... that is, the abuse of our own communal conscience against our own kind.

Only the white race is susceptible to this form of brainwashing.  If this trait of weakness did not exist, we would expel ALL of those lying advocates of the grandeur of multiculturalism into the abyss... and as a result, our world would be a flourishing garden.

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Free This Meat Hammer Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:12 Permalink

IT's true, my daughter cannot open her mouth in college, she would be ostracized and belittled for her conservative beliefs.

She got hammered in an English class got a C on what I thought was an A paper for her conservative slant on it.

College campus' in America should just fly the Hammer and Sickle flag anymore!

She actually has to do that Meat...from your first post, sad as hell!

Comrades!

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inhibi Free This Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:13 Permalink

Eh could've just been the prof did not like her. For literally any reason. That is why I stayed far far away from anything subjective in college. And even then, sometimes it simply doesnt matter.

I ousted a teacher my first year in college, the year I also learned grading was a load of bull even in STEM. I kept getting B's on my chem tests along with most of my dorm, and we had all studied extensively. Well, turned out that another dorm had a test bank where they kept old tests from profs as a way for students to practice. Lazy asshole of a prof recycled tests, so of course, the students in that dorm got all A's since they would literally take the test about 2 hours before & memorize the answers.

 

 

 

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Endgame Napoleon inhibi Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:59 Permalink

The point is to learn how to do the problems on your own, using examples until you can perform independent of props. Why would anyone want to memorize scientific or technical content? If they get a job in their field of study, they will have to understand the fundamental concepts. Every problem they encounter won’t be on that list of problems. They will have to apply the concepts to ever-changing problems. 

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Umh Endgame Napoleon Wed, 08/08/2018 - 23:01 Permalink

I'm not arguing with you exactly, however intelligent people will tend to memorize common problems without really trying to do so. Having said that having memorized little things like multiplication tables really does speed up many processes. As an example I could figure out network mask, as an assembler language programmer it was an easily acquired skill that was even easier after doing enough of them to not have to work out the problem at all.

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bigkahuna Free This Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:13 Permalink

English instructors are some of the worst when it comes to bias. You must never write anything that intonates self reliance or personal freedoms -- they hate those concepts.

The other bullshit classes like sociology instructors among others suck too.

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chubbar Not Too Important Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:18 Permalink

This guy has to be kidding? Of course they are self-censoring. WTF does this guy think went on during the last election when conservatives were being bullied, attacked and ridiculed if they supported Trump? They just shut up and went about their business until it was time to vote. Same thing with the college students. Go ahead and conduct a truly anonymous sampling of how students feel about Antifa and the rest of those assholes trying to dictate how people should think. Ask them about their libtarded professors.

There are more conservatives on campus than they would like to admit.

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More_sellers_t… Meat Hammer Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:35 Permalink

I went to Boston U back in the 80's.. sure i had to take social studies classes and they were all commies... yes i had to tell them what they wanted to hear... i would fight them on occasion but mostly backed off because its not worth debating a person not willing to change their mind... knowing this cortez woman got a degree from somewhere i worked so hard and had so many great professors makes me sad ... 

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Nutflush60 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:47 Permalink

Really not much you can do. Liberals are assholes who can not keep their mouths shut, and get over their faux moral and intellectual superiority. Their beliefs are about them feeling good about themselves, not on how to make society better,