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America feels more polarized than ever before. Research shows that most Americans feel the division. A study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 77% of Americans surveyed said our country is more divided than in the past.
The political tension is also trickling into schools. In the classroom, we are seeing students less likely to engage in political dialogue out of fear of peers’ or faculty perceptions.
A report by Intelligent.com revealed that 52% of students said they always or often keep their political opinions to themselves. The main reasons they did so were out of fear of reprisal from other students and professors in terms of respect, grades and even safety.
Discussions are critical to a student’s growth and learning experience. The classroom should be the place where theories are challenged and questioned in a respectful manner.
In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, students walk near the Widener Library in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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