Indoctrinating students on the power of the vote
Last week the president tweeted that college professors (all members of the radical left apparently) were indoctrinating students, not educating them. Well, if teaching students about the importance of voting is indoctrination, then count me in.
I teach writing classes, and I get to assign the topics that students research and write about. I often show my students the films “Selma” by Ava Duvernay and “Iron-Jawed Angels” and then we discuss what happens when a group of people aren’t allowed to vote.
We also discuss the dangers of not voting. For example, if you aren’t registered to vote you can’t serve on a jury of your peers, and if none of your peers are on a jury, you could very well be convicted of a crime you didn’t commit. I have them research local campaigns in their districts, voting rules and regulations, and also voter suppression techniques. One year I actually took them to an early voting site because they’d never been to one before. Some of them voted that day for the first time. I did not tell them whom they should vote for — only that voting is not just a right, it’s a responsibility.
In the past, many of my students had no intention of voting. In between teaching about comma splices and improper adverb use, I was able to change some minds. But that’s changed now. Today’s students are hungry for information about how to get involved. They are seeing the dire consequences of not paying attention to who gets to make policy. They don’t need “indoctrination.” This administration is successfully activating them without anyone’s help.
Ava Duvernay’s Selma shows people willing to die for this basic right.