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‘Beware of Partisan Politics in the Classroom’

29th August 2012

Read it.

Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars, catches Ohio State Professor Brian McHale with his hand in the cookie jar.

As faculty members at Ohio State last week double-checked their syllabi, glanced at their rosters, and ran through the usual routines for the start of fall courses, some of them found a surprise in their e-mail in boxes. A senior English professor invited his colleagues to open their classrooms in the weeks ahead to organizers in the Obama campaign. They would first encourage students to register to vote and then, if the instructors were willing, encourage students to volunteer for the Obama campaign.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

You can imagine what sort of firestorm would follow an attempt by a professor to use his classroom as a recruiting ground for a Republican candidate. Chris Matthews alone would emit enough hot air to blow Hurricane Isaac back out to sea.

One Response to “‘Beware of Partisan Politics in the Classroom’”

  1. ErisGuy Says:

    Professors protested Joe McCarthy, did they not? Not because of the loyalty oaths, per se, but because he asked them to be loyal to the American people, their paymasters, and not to Stalin and Mao. Academics and intellectuals see nothing wrong with propagandizing for the “truth” because that’s what they do in the classroom every day: sell the products of their intellect.