PoliticsintheClassroom.com

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What is Politics in the Classroom (PITC)?

Politics in the Classroom is a place for students to anonymously rebut the political opinions of their professors and to put the actions and/or comments of these professors on record. Teachers are also welcome to join and defend their positions. Opinionated political commentary in a non-political science class is often a deliberate and clear attempt by the teacher to encourage and mold the political minds of the students. Afraid to rebut the teacher's positions, many students remain silent to protect both their grade and their reputation in the eyes of the teacher. This web site was created to stop this type of indoctrination.

What motivated us to start this web site?

In the fall of 2004, my girlfriend at the time was enrolled in an English class at a local university. The curriculum included watching various movies and then writing a critical essay after each film. They watched movies like The Matrix, where in their essays they were asked to explore their own perceptions of reality. It seemed like a normal college class. Then one day she told me that her teacher had changed their syllabus in the middle of the course. The syllabus now included another film, Michael Moore's politically charged Fahrenheit 911. This change came just two weeks before the 2004 presidential election and less than a month after the film was released on DVD. After watching the film, they went on to discuss this "documentary" in class. The teacher began talking about the film's important points, and when one or two students, including my girlfriend, challenged the teacher's one-sided opinions about the film, the teacher's response was simply, "He (Michael Moore) wouldn't have put it in the film if their wasn't some truth to it." Translation: Believe everything you read, see, or hear.

Upset by this teacher's comments, their wasn't much we (my girlfriend and I) could do. I wanted to anonymously email the teacher about the matter, but I didn't want her to suspect my girlfriend, since only two or three people challenged her opinion in class. Since this happened, friends have told me about numerous other accounts of their own teachers imposing their political beliefs on them. Shortly afterward, a student who taped his teacher ranting about President Bush in class made national headlines. Despite the student's efforts, the teacher was not punished or fired. In fact, he was praised by many other teachers, parents, and students who agreed with his statements. Politics in the Classroom is for the students who remain silent, but want to speak. It's also for the students who try to take action, but are silenced before action is taken. And it is especially for the professors, simply to know that it's here, and that it exists.

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