You are the result of 4 billion years of evolutionary success.
Fucking act like it.
Howard Aiken said these oh so true words:
“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”
One thing I learned in decades of working in corporate America and attending a highly rated graduate business school is that Mr. Aiken understated the problem.
Oh, and yes, to answer the question of the fellow in the back waving his arm and squirming in his seat, the inverse is true.
Tell your 5th grade teacher, when she starts in with the Vegan lecture again during a spelling lesson, that you’re going to kill and eat your supper as soon as you can get your hands on some weapons. Then inform her that if she gives you anything less than a ‘B” on any report card because you told her that, your father will have a phalanx of lawyers turn her life into a deposition purgatory. Then don’t pass in any homework for the remainder of the term. Let’s see who has the stones.
This rule goes double for graduate school.
If the professor has one third or half (or more) of your grade based on your using APA format, they clearly don’t know enough about the subject to be teaching.
Actually, the odds are pretty good that there are students in their class who know about the subject than they do.