Opinion And Oppression Are Not, And Will Never Be, The Same Thing

Opinion And Oppression Are Not, And Will Never Be, The Same Thing

Yes, there's a difference.


As a member of the Honors Program at Baylor University, I was assigned a summer reading project: a book called How To Think by Honors professor Alan Jacobs.

Starting this book, I thought the topic matter was confusing and difficult, but the farther I got into the book the more I started to think (ironically).

Professor Jacobs mentions how it is essential that one goes into a debate with an open mind: that in order to argue effectively, you cannot see the other party as the bad guy.

I happen to disagree.

The above statement is true when it comes to arguing on matters of opinion. For example, dogs versus cats, or whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza (side note: it does. It's delicious).

An opinion is not whether members of the LGBTQA+ community deserve to legally get married.

An opinion is not whether some people deserve more rights than others.

An opinion is not whether people deserve to starve because their jobs don't pay them enough.

These are matters of oppression.

When it comes to basic human rights (technically, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness), if your opinion is that a person or group of people don't deserve these things, you're an oppressor.

If you're an oppressor, the other opinion (most likely that of those being oppressed) is not going to sway your mindset.

Every person deserves to live. Every person deserves to love. Every person deserves to live their life as they see fit.

Unless they're like Dexter Morgan or something. That's not cool.

But if you're judging someone based on skin tone, sexual orientation, or religion, that is not an opinion.

Opinions are usually on petty matters, not on the matter of whether someone deserves to live.

To easily remember this fact, just consult this vine!

For the most part, no opinion can get this intense.

But you know..

That's just my opinion.

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"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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