After having started this blog in November and not having made any posts whatsoever since, I figured that a post was long overdue – in late April, naturally. I figured this would be an opportune time because many of my fellow college students have either ended the academic year or are close to it. Naturally, my university decided that the latter was more appropriate of a schedule to follow. With this comes registration for classes for the upcoming semester.
For those of you who are enrolled in a college that requires you to take general education classes, you are likely aware that you have to take classes that are not only a waste of credit hours, but are also liable to bombard you with blatant nonsense and propaganda. If you are pursuing a degree in the realm of the humanities or social sciences (aside from economics, perhaps), my sincerest condolences; you are likely constantly subjected to the social justice dogma that colleges and universities are infamous for peddling.
So what can you do to combat this? There are multiple ways of thwarting the influence that some professors will try to impart onto you. First, you must assess the requirements your college has in place for you to graduate. If you don’t have to take any obviously social justice-oriented classes, don’t. The more implicitly social justice/diversity-oriented classes are very hard to completely avoid if you go to a college or university that labels its education as either “liberal arts” or “liberal education”.
Second, take them after you have gained some sort of fundamental political insight/knowledge. These classes are very potent influences on (still relatively) impressionable young adult minds, regardless of your graduating class. If you don’t, you will likely believe that the professors for these classes are inherently more politically informed and aware than they actually are, and will thus take their words for it. You will also be able to make more sound and effective counterarguments to act as a buffer against any charges of being uninformed or ignorant.
Third, while you’re taking them, be sure to continue to consult conservative sources, especially on the issues that your classes touch on; getting multiple perspectives is important to make a decision and you will also likely strengthen your own conservative principles. Some conservative sources you can consult include:
- The Drudge Report
- The Washington Times
- The New York Post
- Town Hall
- The Federalist Papers
- The American Enterprise Institute
The above list is not exhaustive. Keep in mind, too, that not all conservatives will share the same views on every issue. Some conservative websites will have a more pro-Trump slant and others will have a more anti-Trump slant. Others still will be entirely lukewarm to the President of the United States and report on the news from a more objective point of view.
Ideally, colleges and universities are institutions where you approach problems, issues, and ideas and solve, analyze, scrutinize, discuss, and challenge them. Some courses do not enable you to do these things, since the professor will often frame the issues through a very limited lens that is obviously theirs. You will be able to tell from the way they show the arguments of the opposing side, i.e. if they openly mock and deride the opposition by misrepresenting them. The tide, after several decades, is still set up in such a way that you and other conservatives will be the targets of such derision.
While I won’t give you particularly half-hearted Tumblr-tier advice a la “stay safe, folks!”, I will say this much: stay true to your principles and don’t sacrifice them because of a professor who obviously does not respect them and doesn’t offer worthwhile rebuttals.