Political Science Kool-Aid
January 3, 2011 3 Comments
As you know, I’m not afraid to share some of the more unsavory things my students have written about me in course evaluations. This one from last semester just struck me as really, really odd:
strengths- instructor has a reasonably informed grasp on the subject matter, albeit he often drinks the poli-sci koolaid and thinks polls and historical trends can explain almost all election outcomes and voting behavior;
Wow– never had an accusation like that before. Apparently, the entire study of elections– which many people far, far smarter than I have devoted their professional lives to understanding, is little more than “poli-sci koolaid.” I wonder if the student thinks this about all his/her classes in which the explanations the professor provide about politics don’t comport with the explanations offered by pundits. Part of me wonders if this is just an angry Tea Party supporter who feels like I didn’t give them enough credit. Regardless, an interesting commentary.