Why Does the University of Michigan Produce Such Successful Students?
In recent years the country has taken strides to lessen and limit racism and prejudice as much as possible. People of all raises, ethnicities, religions, genders, and other beliefs are all viewed as equal and their opinions are, for the most part, equally important. This gradual tolerance of the beliefs of others has not only been beneficial in terms of equality, but also has allowed people to be exposed to a greater variety of thoughts.
One of the best ways to deal with problems and find good solutions is by using knowlegde you have gained from others in forming a good solution. We as humans learn from our own personal experiences as well as those of others and form opinions on issues based on this knowledge. Therefore, it would make sense that if we had more knowledge we would be able to have better ideas on truths and form more beneficial solutions for different issues.
“But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error” – John Stuart Mill
This quote by Mill explains how allowing people to express their opinions is beneficial to society regardless of whether the opinion is right or wrong. He explains how if it is correct then it allows society to replace their false thoughts with the truth and if the opinion is false then it allows people to compare it to the truth and strenthens their belief in the truth. I believe this is the best way for people to learn. By being expossed to a vast, diverse variety of opinions people can for the best opinions of different issues and form ideas as to what they believe is the truth.
When a person is only exposed to one side of an issue it leads them to have a more narrow minded view of the topic and their opinions will be based on their limited ideology and therefore they will not be able to form solution that will be the most correct and beneficial to everyone. By being exposed to the views of people of different cultural backrounds, geographic locations, etc. it allows people to compare their opinions on certain topics with those of others and this will help them strengthen their correct beliefs, replace their false ideas with correct ones, and learn to look at issues from new perspectives.
This is exactly why the University of Michigan produces the best students. The school prides itself on its large and diverse student body that consists of people from various states in the United States as well as various countries in the world. Being a student here allows you to go to class with people of various backrounds who have very unique and sometimes different opinions than you on the same issues. Therefore, sitting in a class, such as the discussion for Political Science 101, allows students to express their thoughts and exposses the students in the class to many thoughts that may be completely true, partially true, or false. This allows students to pick and chose ideas that they believe are true and leads to them having the best and most truthful set of knowledge and views on a wide variety of topics.