29th August 2012
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.