The college teacher who went on an anti-Republican tirade in class and even threatened a student who disagreed has been suspended for the rest of the semester.


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The college teacher who went on an anti-Republican tirade in class and even threatened a student who disagreed has been suspended for the rest of the semester.

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  • wodun

    Doesn’t say whether or not he still gets paid.

    Creative Writing is one of those fields so far removed from politics that the subject should never arise unless in the context of something a student has submitted for peer review or to illustrate the pitfalls of political evangelism in literature.

  • Publius 2

    Reprehensible and ridiculous as I find the teacher’s remarks, I do not support the suspension. Our colleges and universities should be well-defended bastions of free speech and the free exchange of ideas. A more appropriate response might have been a mass walkout by his students, or at least a spontaneous verbal protest. In a related instance, this teacher reportedly scolded a female student that she had better stop frowning at his remarks, lest she receive a poor grade. If true, the student should have stood up and asked him for whom he was working and who was paying his salary.

    The arrogance and ignorance of academy have grown so profound that serious pushback is required. I recently heard a caller to a local talk radio show that he opened his college biology textbook and found on the first page a tirade against global warming skeptics. Another isolated incident, but an indication that education in many institutions has been replaced by indoctrination.

    It is time for parents to consider, seriously, whether paying outrageous fees to colleges and universities, and hence to support the bloated salaries of individuals such as the man mentioned above, is worth it. Colman McCarthy, the former Washington Post columnist, once said he would like to see students required to pay for their individual classes in cash, so they would be instilled with a sense of how much money they were being charged and how much value they were receiving in return.

    I would take that suggestion further. I would dare academia to allow students to pay for each of their classes, in cash, at the end of each session — Pay as You Exit. I cannot think of a more effective strategy to promote hard and honest work by college instructors that is also compatible with free speech ideals.

    Is there an academic institution in this country that is confident enough in the value of its education to accept such a challenge?

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