Skip to comments.How Conservatives Teach
Posted on 07/10/2015 10:15:34 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
Liberal friends curious about how conservative professors actually teach might consider asking them. Thats what Jeisi Zhao of the Young Americas Foundation did in an interview with George Mason University economist Walter Williams.
I teach micro-economic theory, and in my classroom I never talk about the kind of things that I talk about in my syndicated column or on radio, Dr. Williams told Zhao. In my classroom, I never talk about these things because they are my preferences and values, and I think it is academic dishonesty for professors to teach students their values.
I would never teach my preferences. I just teach them basic economic theory.
And I want people to share my point-of-view, but I think if I teach my students how to think rigorously, they will come to share my views on their own.
Too many professors use their classrooms to proselytize to their students.
I happen to know that Dr. Williams description of his daily chores at GMU is an accurate one. Some years ago, an intern of mine, who shall remain nameless, revealed that he was an economics major there.
I asked him if hed taken Dr. Williams for a class. The young man got a deer-in-the-headlights looks and observed that the good doctor didnt teach classes about his columns. He teaches economics, the lad said, astounded that a free market economist would do just that.
I couldnt bring myself to ask him what grade he got.
Too bad the vast majority of today’s college professors (leftists) don’t heed the advice.
I had several lefty professors. Three were great teachers. One was a Doctor of History, great teacher, great class. Didn't care if you showed up to class (it was your money to waste), and stated that anything written on the board during any class was subject to being on the tests throughout the year.
The other was a political science prof. The last was a philosophy prof. All were liberal, all were honest about it, none brought it to the classroom, and none graded based on viewpoints.
Most college professors don’t teach, they indoctrinate...
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That may be true for the "soft" sciences like sociology and psychology, etc. The "hard" sciences like math, physics, chemistry, engineering, etc. don't lend themselves to indoctrination as there is little time for that as the subject matter is rigorous.
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