By this point in the semester, you have probably realized that one of your professors is a raging liberal disguising himself or herself as an everyday professor. Here are five tips when debating your liberal professors:
1. Always be polite and respectful.
It is important when debating a topic, especially emotional political topics, that you keep your cool at all times. Raising your voice or getting irrational in some way takes away from the validity of your argument.
Listen intently while your professor responds and do not interrupt or try to speak over them. The calmer and more level-headed you can be, the more your fellow students will be open to your opinions and the more your professor will gain respect for you;
2. Choose your battles.
If I raised my hand to argue back against my professors every time they presented a skewed view to my class, I would probably be getting the best arm exercise each class! If you have had professors like I have, who only present liberal sides of the story, it is important to pick and choose when you want to engage.
Part of bringing the counter-argument to your classroom is making sure that you are not interrupting your class too often and don’t come across as someone who just complains;
3. Know what you are talking about.
If you are going to take on your professor, please, for the love of God, make sure you know what you are talking about. There is no use debating your professor if you are not knowledgeable on a topic.
For example, if your professor always cites how Obama has done wonderful things for the economy, come prepared. Do some research online and make sure you know factually what you are talking about;
4. Don’t get discouraged.
Don’t get discouraged after a tough intellectual debate with your professor, and don’t get discouraged if there are times you are the only person in your class advocating for your point.
If you can hold your own, even a little, with your professor, who likely has a PhD and has studied these topics his or her entire life, you should feel proud of yourself. Standing up for your ideology on a college campus can sometimes mean standing alone;
5. Agree to disagree.
Lastly, don’t forget my favorite phrase, “Let’s agree to disagree.” Sometimes it’s just not worth continuing the debate and beating a dead horse!