There is curently a move afoot in Congress to amend the Higher Education Act to include provisions addressing bias in the classroom. It has likely resulted from the groundswell of student complaints about being increasingly on guard against their teachers’ opinions, which they feel are held up as dogma.
We agree that professors should refrain from going on political tirades for the whole hour and fifteen minutes of class or grading students differently due to their personal beliefs and allegiances. If a student feels they are treated wrongly at AU, there are various avenues available to address the situation.
It should also be remembered that having a teacher diametrically opposed to you is not always such a bad thing. If anything it could help you strengthen your arguments and let you see if you really do believe them or not.
One possible repercussion from attempts to level the playing field could be a dumbing down of class discussion and participation. Many teachers may be apprehensive in broaching sensitive subjects for fear of getting a bad student review or a negative rating on ratemyprofessors.com.
Even if your teacher disagrees with you, chances are they would really like for someone to do justice to the other side and speak up. Hopefully the AU student body will engage themselves in their classes and not choose them based on hearsay from other students, but on the merits of the class.