Question to Atheists/Agnostics
I looked up a few teachers of the college (George Mason University) I'm going to (Biology Major). One of the teachers, Caroline Crocker, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Crocker, is a tough creationist and teaches evolution through creationism------
I am an atheist, and I usually have a problem keeping my mouth shut over these topics especially one as ridiculous as this-----
If ever I have her as a teacher, what do you suggest I do?
Unless she asks your opinion I wouldn't give it. Pretty easy to lose a point or two if the student calls out the teacher on such a touchy subject. I'm a teacher and most of us are taught how to handle that sort of situation. You wouldn't want to be borderline on a grade at the point where it could go either way. Because the grade will definitely not swing your way if you step on her toes.
There have been plenty of times in the past when I wanted to voice my opinion in class. There were also plenty of times where I did voice my opinion, and it didn't turn out so well. What I learned through those experiences is this:
It's not a forum for debating opinion, it's an educational setting. Learn what you can and get out. Save your opinions for the Teacher Evaluation you will perform at the end of the semester.
Hard question to answer. Just because you take her class, doesn't mean you have to agree with everything she says. Remember, you're there because you have to, and not because you want to. Give her a chance, she may say something that you'll find interesting.
I would make a clay sculpture of Adam and Eve riding a dinosaur and present it to the class. That way I:
A) Get an A+
B) Get a good laugh.
C) Enjoy my art.
I usually hear questions like this asked in reverse. In an ideal world, a classroom should be a place where students are encouraged to voice their point of view. Unfortunately, not every teacher is as open to criticism as he or she should be. So the safe approach is to not rock the boat. But if you are not interested in playing it safe, then call her on some of the things she is saying, and if you feel that you are being discriminated against for your opinions, go to her boss.
Tell the dean that you're paying money to take a science class to learn about facts that will make you competive against the real scientists that are being produced elsewhere in the world. What you are describing is disgraceful madness
If she teaches evolution correctly, it doesn't matter if she adds creationist concepts to it. It would be the way that a religious person comes to terms with science, and I see that as positive.
In essence, if she believes that god created the concept of evolution, it doesn't change evolution one bit.
I learned a long time ago that sometimes it is better to be happy than to be right. Translated into college work, we may think a teacher does not hold our opinions and comments against our work, But my experience has been different.
Took a Humanities class and all my papers were A's until I wrote a paper that was contrary to the instructor's liberal feminist position. Suddenly the grade was a B and her comments were that I didn't understand what the essay was trying to convey. This happened twice on the same subject matter.
Oh I understood the essays all right but I disagreed with them. From that moment on I wrote "to the teacher" keeping in mind her stance and beliefs. Went back to getting A's on my papers. I still learned a lot but I kept my opinions to myself because she DID hold them against me.
So if grades are an important factor, keep this in mind. But if taking her on is more important keep in mind your grades may reflect it. Remember it is unlikely you will win and she is very unlikely to change her position.
Listen and absorb her views/opinions.
Debate politely with your views/opinions, most points will not have a proven positive; no need to become a heated debate.
Pass your exams!
debate with her. if you feel strongly about it and you think your right, then express your ideas to her and see if she can prove you wrong or if you can show her your right. it should be interesting.
What better way to learn to support your own views than by learning the views of your opponent? "Know thy enemy" is found both in the BIble and Sun Tzu's "Art of War".
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