I have been out of school for a few years now, but I recently started my first semester of college, and something came up that I wasn't expecting - theist teachers. In my developmental psychology class, we had to write an informal paper about a few topics in our textbook, so I chose epigenetics and the nature/nurture 'debate'. We only had to write one page, but since I'm kind of a Dawkins nerd, I wanted to share my thoughts with a bit more depth, so I put a lot of effort into discussing it, and even touched on Lamarckian inheritance, which wasn't mentioned at all in the text. I wanted to share my thoughts and enthusiasm with what we were reading about, so I really enjoyed it. I felt I could finally chat about this stuff with a professional, face to face, and looked forward to her comments.
Well, I came to class today and heard her criticizing the theory of evolution and said people who disagree with it are ostracized and persecuted. At this point, I was shocked. Here we are talking about the definition of a theory, the importance of the scientific method, how (and why) it works, and then the next week she says this. My brain just shut down, and I was so distracted by what she said in class that I couldn't focus. Every fiber of my being wanted to chime in and talk about it, because I was so frustrated with her statements, but as a new student, I wasn't comfortable becoming the center of attention on the second day of class, and she changed the subject as soon as she was done with her statement. She mentioned Ben Stein's movie 'Expelled', and talked about the 'importance of faith' here and there. She's a very nice person, but I just couldn't wrap my head around what I was hearing. For the remainder of the class, I was torn as to whether or not I wanted to discuss it after class with her, but unlike other theistic discussions with people I know, this is different. She has control over my grades, and this puts me in a very uncomfortable situation. I don't really know what to do. I know some people will just say "too bad, live and let live, deal with it, etc" but I really don't think I can just ignore this.
Have any of you been in a similar situation? What did you do?