Frequent readers at this site are familiar with my disdain for college professors who pontificate rather than teach, coerce rather than inspire, and indoctrinate rather than enlighten. Professors of this ilk are a cancer on the soul of higher education. They undermine its very purpose. My colleague Archie Jones and I were inspired to write our book Liberal Tyranny in Higher Education (www.americanvision.com) by this very phenomenon. My fellow author at this site, John Rissalada, often writes of his verbal duels with leftist bullies passing themselves off as college professors.
Colleges and universities nationwide are experiencing numerous problems—many of their own making—but one thing that is alive and well on most campuses is liberal intolerance. Readers might remember a recent example of this phenomenon: the professor at Florida Atlantic University who instructed students to write the name “Jesus” on a sheet of paper ad then throw the paper on the floor and stomp on it. A student who refused was suspended—a clear violation of his First Amendment rights and the concept of academic freedom. University officials quelled the controversy somewhat by claiming the professor had been removed from the classroom. He had, but not for disciplinary reasons. He was removed for his own protection as the result of death threats.
Not surprisingly, university officials responded to public outrage in a predictable manner: they removed the offending professor from the classroom just long enough to allow the controversy to die down. Now that the media glare is focused elsewhere, Dr. Deandre Poole is back in the classroom purporting to “teach” his intercultural communications class. Is he any less a leftist bully for the experience? Don’t count on it. One of the reasons people like Dr. Poole go into higher education is that colleges and universities allow them to espouse, advocate, indoctrinate, and pontificate without fear of repercussion. The fact that they are paid to teach, guide, instruct, and develop has no bearing on matters. Tenure affords them better protection than a concrete bomb shelter.
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