September 19, 2008
What Not to Say in Class During an Election Season
Professors and politics blend uneasily in the classroom, especially in an election year. Think of the Duke University history professor Gerald Wilson's response several years ago to a student's question during the first meeting of his survey course. When the student asked, "Do you have any prejudices?" Wilson quipped, "Yeah, Republicans."
Although most of the class was amused, the politically conservative questioner took umbrage; he had merely been seeking guidance on the favored