Study: 60% of college students do not feel comfortable disagreeing with professors

By: | April 22, 2021

A new survey reveals that college students do not feel comfortable openly disagreeing with professors on controversial topics or expressing an unpopular opinion on social media, raising questions on whether or not America’s colleges remain a place for the open expression of ideas and thoughtful debate.

The study, conducted by Real Clear Politics, surveyed students at more than 500 colleges and universities across the country.

“60% of the students who responded told us that they didn’t feel comfortable openly disagreeing with the professors in the classroom. That’s a problematic figure if we want to conceive of our universities as a place where there is open debate and open inquiry into these controversial topics,” said Real Clear Politics’ Nathan Harden to The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat.

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