While almost weekly I am the subject of some chatroom or other topic on the Internet: hey it comes with the territory but I can’t duck for a minute or I will lose the battle of a lifetime for peace, justice, diversity and the rights of Americans to question their government and or administration. Let freedom ring!! I came across this lively discussion last night and felt it was excellent for three reasons:
1) There are different views on professors’ rights in the classroom.
2) There are different views on the nature of a university classroom.
3) It is flattering to think my teaching stimulates discussion. For one whose classes are all closed and have waitlists, I am either doing something kinda right or maybe I teach at convenient times.
CAVEAT: THERE IS SOME PROFANITY WHICH I DO NOT ENDORSE AND NEVER USE ON THE INTERNET MUCH LESS IN THE CLASSROOM. YET IT DID NOT COME FROM A PERSON WHO IDENTIFIES HERSELF OR HIMSELF AS A STUDENT IN MY CLASS CeeCee54. SO FOR THOSE WHO ARE SQUEAMISH ABOUT HIGHLY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE, YOU HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED.
If anyone wishes to explore further my “case with the cadet,” I have many, many posts on it, my illegal suspension, the outrageous and farcical reprimand, in the category Academic Freedom and here is a link to an article where I discuss it in detail.
If I could ask CeeCee54 two questions it would be these. Can a professor “hate” the government (I hate no one) and still love her country? Can one be a patriot, a good citizen and detest and loathe the actions of her government? I think it might be good for you to ask yourself that. I also noticed you mentioned you have had me in several classes. I hope you have always felt free to express your views and that you will defend my rights to express mine.
I will monitor this thread and if it deteriorates into ad hominems or abusive language, I will remove this blog. For now, I am impressed by it or I would not post it here. I am not afraid of criticism; no one on the faculty of SXU has been criticised as much as I have been; it is well worth it because it tests my character, my determination and helps me improve as a teacher and a person.