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Obama Urges College Students to Get Involved in Midterm Elections

president obamaCollege students have a lot going on in early November. Aside from being ready to head home for good food during the Thanksgiving holiday, students are working hard to pass tests, complete projects and get their homework turned in on time.

President Obama wants to add just one more thing to your college to-do list: vote. The president is calling on all college students and young people to get involved in politics and to participate in the November midterm elections.

The president is sending a message to young people across the country that election time is a very important time in our country. Young voters generated a large turnout and a lot of excitement in 2008 when the president was elected, but voter turnout has gone down drastically since then. One of the issues that could affect college students include cuts in student loans due to the GOP push to extend all of the tax cuts that were placed during the Bush administration. Read the rest of this entry »

Peers Influence College Student Political Views More Than Professors

Here’s an interesting piece of data to add to the heated debate of whether left-leaning professors are influencing the political and religious views of students.  According to a report from UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, students are indeed moving further to the left when they come to college.  However, this doesn’t have nearly as much to do with the students’ professors as it does with their peers.  The opinions of peers are a bigger influence on students’ opinions than what their professors have to say.

Imagine that.  Students are more influenced by what their friends say than what their teachers say.  This definitely rings true with my experiences.  As a professor, whenever I heard right-wing pundits bemoaning how left-wing teachers are all in the business of indoctrinating our youth, part of me always wondered, “What? Do they think our students are actually listening to us?”. Read the rest of this entry »


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