The View: Real Life Hot Topics
What would you do if your college professor espoused biased views that you did not agree with? One student decided to take action and get the truth out there. Guest host Brooke Shields and the ladies welcomed Tyler Talgo.
The View: Tyler Talgo USC Student
Tyler Talgo videotaped some of his professor’s classroom rants, with lines like, “The Republican Party in California…is the last vestige of angry old white people.” Talgo took a seat at the table for this Real Life Hot Topic.
Talgo said he transferred from community college to USC as a political science major. He said it was clear right away that Professor Darry Srago was very set in his one-sided opinion.
The View: Anti-Republican USC Professor Darry Srago
Tyler took an election law class from Srago, and said that students did not really challenge him in class. Barbara Walters wondered about Tyler Talgo’s secret videotaping of the professor, which he later released online.
He wanted to shine a spotlight on professors who are not open to a free exchange of ideas in the classroom. Talgo said he thinks what he did has made a difference.
The View: College Free Speech
Brooke Shields said that USC is standing behind the professor. Talgo said that students fear retribution via grades if they contradict an outspoken instructor’s views. Whoopi Goldberg felt the school had to stand behind its professors and uphold free speech in the classroom.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck thought a professor’s right to free speech should not supercede that of students. Sherri Shepherd introduced another clip in which the professor ranted about the Bush/Gore election controversy in 2000.
The View: USC Statement & Darry Srago
Goldberg read a statement from the school, in which USC said it is important to allow its professors and students free speech, regardless of whether the school agrees or disagrees with what they have to say.
Talgo said that he was on a mission to stand up for other students who may feel intimidated, and is not out to get Srago.
The teacher also gave The View a statement, clarifying that he stood by the substance of his remarks, which he intended as a wake-up call for the California Republican Party, but might have reconsidered his choice of words.
What do you think about this scenario? Were you ever afraid to speak out in a classroom?