Lib Profs afraid of Lib Students?

I heard about this on the radio and couldn’t believe my ears.  Thankfully, our buddy/commenter Imp sent this email link to me so I could hear the details and then share it with you.   Quite a story.  Sometimes I think absolutely everything in our country’s falling apart.  Sometimes, even liberals notice. Who knew?  Maybe, someday soon, we’ll be able to get them to realize that so much of this puts the blame squarely on them and they’ll actually work with us to change it.  Particularly now that it’s affecting them.  Check this out:
By Michael Shaus for BIZPAC REVIEW….June 4, 2015
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The same progressive professors who created today’s campus climate of political correctness are terrified of the students they’re supposed to be teaching, worried that a “racist” or “sexist” assignment could mean the end of an academic career.

That’s the message from a liberal professor writing on the liberal website Vox.com, who was so afraid of his students he wouldn’t even use his own name.

Writing under the pseudonym “Edward Schlosser,” the professor described “social justice” as a stifling and unworkable concept that has led to censorship in higher education.

“I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me,” he wrote. “Particularly the liberal ones.”

After bragging about his own progressive bias, the professor expressed concern over the intolerance students have for uncomfortable ideas, and ideological diversity.

“I once saw an adjunct not get his contract renewed after students complained that he exposed them to ‘offensive’ texts written by Edward Said and Mark Twain,” he wrote.

“That was enough to get me to comb through my syllabi and cut out anything I could see upsetting a coddled undergrad, texts ranging from Upton Sinclair to Maureen Tkacik — and I wasn’t the only one who made adjustments, either.”

Granted, an adjunct professor not getting a contract renewed is a long way from the days of China’s Cultural Revolution, when high school and university students attacked their professors with the full support of Mao’s government. But the professor’s fear is palpable.

Using his own biased teaching on the financial crash of 2008 as proof of his progressive bona fides, Schlosser complained about the over-sensitive student body, and their intolerance for anything that might challenge their world view.

“So it’s not just that students refuse to countenance uncomfortable ideas — they refuse to engage them, period,” he wrote. “Engagement is considered unnecessary, as the immediate, emotional reactions of students contain all the analysis and judgment that sensitive issues demand.”

The hostile relationship between students and teachers, according to Schlosser, is due directly to the modern American university’s concept of protecting student’s feelings. Political correctness and emotional sensitivity are cutting into educators’ willingness to expose students to quality education.

“Hurting a student’s feelings, even in the course of instruction that is absolutely appropriate and respectful, can now get a teacher into serious trouble,” he wrote.

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Naturally, the progressive prof doesn’t have much of a plan to curb the “politically correct” censorship imposed by students.

“Right now, there’s nothing much to do other than sit on our hands and wait for the ascension of conservative political backlash,” he wrote.

Things must be pretty ugly when a liberal college professor is depending on a conservative political win to save him from his leftist students. And he’ll probably just complain about it then.

Social media users had little sympathy for the professor’s complaints. As one wrote, it was “people like you that created this climate.”

And it’s people like him that will have to deal with it.  (end of Article)

Z:   Wouldn’t it be wonderful if he ‘came out’ as himself, his real name, and actually went truly public with a lot of this?  MAYBE THEN we could work toward changing our young people into thinkers?

Thoughts?

 

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20 Responses to Lib Profs afraid of Lib Students?

  1. Trigger words, Micro Aggression, Theism, Truth.
    It’s a real minefield out there.

  2. Great find, Z!

    I found the full essay by the professor and posted the link on my Facebook page. Can’t wait to see what the reaction is!

  3. alec says:

    Such a timely article, Geeez. It is relevant to all of us who communicate with younger folks, and not only teachers and professors.

    This week I was having a conversation with an intelligent, college-educated 20-something. At a certain point he took deep offense to a question I raised about the failure of science to explain the big-bang, and how life came out of dead material. He began pelting me with statements such as:
    “Why do Christians always have to talk about it?”
    “Why would I choose one holy book over another. Mohammad is just as good as Hinduism.”
    “Who needs it? I don’t!”
    “Christians need to be restrained, but we can’t do it because we still have freedom of speech.”

    He was incensed, to say the least. The intensity and (verbal) violence of his intolerance took me completely by surprise, as one moment before things were calm and relaxed between us. Strangest of all, the words didn’t even seem to be his own. It was disturbing.

    This line from the article above seemed to peg it:
    “The hostile relationship between students and teachers, according to Schlosser, is due directly to the modern American university’s concept of protecting student’s feelings.”

    Placing feelings equal to reason brings us to the level of animals. And aren’t animals much easier to control than thinking human beings?

  4. Mustang says:
    A psychology professor at Texas Women’s University (laughably, a co-educational facility) recently commented on a bill pending Governor Dewhurst’s signature allowing for open carry of firearms on state funded college campuses. The good doctor lamented that if the bill becomes a law, then college professors will be intimidated to give higher grades to armed students. Now this is essentially the kind of person we’re dealing with on the left; there is no meaningful discussion about this issue, only a reliance on emotional blather and the kind of thing you might expect from a first grade teacher. So these liberal professors should not be so concerned about people who are licensed to carry a firearm and trained how to use it —they should be most worried about Lucy Leftie who fantasizes about Batman.
  5. geeez2014 says:

    Ed….it sure is.

    AOW..thanks! Let us know the reactions.

    alec, so happy to have you comment here. By the way, I see you’re from New Zealand. My stepdaughter just sailed around there for about 4 months and has just made it to Fiji. Loved NZ.

    Your comment about animals and thinking human beings is the one that hit me the hardest. I do believe that a lot of what the secularists have done is lead us from a higher human standing and down to the animal; championing unwed moms, abortion, group think, redistribution, feelings over reason, as you said. Scary times.

    Since you’re a New Zealander, you probably are a liberal, but I welcome you here and hope you come back for my Sunday Faith Blogs! g’day!

  6. geeez2014 says:

    Mustang!! “The good doctor lamented that if the bill becomes a law, then college professors will be intimidated to give higher grades to armed students.”:

    They will try ANYTHING to obfuscate and emotionalize every single thing, won’t they! This is hilarious. Oh, yes, it’s going to be HIGH NOON every day at Texas Women’s University….wait for it!
    By the way, what would motivate a young man to apply to TEXAS WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY? That’s like his going to the YWCA!
    Well…these days, what the heck, right? Men are women, women are men, …oy

  7. @ Alec. “Placing feelings equal to reason brings us to ” being Democrats.
    That’s their whole strategy.

  8. Sometimes a little backlash is what is needed to straighten things out in the minds of some folks, including the so-called progressively educated. Can you say “As ye sow……………….”?

  9. Baysider says:

    In 1973 ‘Professor X’ published This Beats Working for a Living. It was about the cushy college teaching profession. He wouldn’t use his name for the same reason THIS prof doesn’t use his. Lockstep conformity has been a feature of academia for a long time. It was just less vicious before social media.

    Alec, I find your choice of words telling. I’ve had the same experience at my own dinner table with a visitor. The young man was offended. Yup. When you’ve been trained to NOT engage your brain you feel miffed. I won’t repeat the post I did here yesterday, but that has been true for a long time in the K-12 system. Forget facts, and forget learning how to evaluate them. It’s indoctrination married to emotional time bombs. When the indoctrinated hear one of those go off, THEY go off. There’s no open discourse with a closed mind.

  10. alec says:

    “It’s indoctrination married to emotional time bombs. When the indoctrinated hear one of those go off, THEY go off. There’s no open discourse with a closed mind.”

    That’s makes sense of the quick change in emotional state and the canned phrases. Will go find your post from yesterday, Baysider.

  11. Baysider says:

    Thanks for that link, AOW. He says “Engagement [of ideas] is considered unnecessary, as the immediate, emotional reactions of students contain all the analysis and judgment that sensitive issues demand.” They think you’re evil not wrong. Yes, they do. I’m convinced this is a big reason they won’t engage – why bother with evil crazies. If they do, so often it’s a steamroller of emotions as Alex describes.

  12. silverfiddle says:

    I read that article awhile back. The progressive beast is eating itself. The left destroys everything it touches, and when it wins the revolution, it destroys itself with endless witch hunts. Nobody is pure enough.

    The man who wrote that article is a true liberal. I wish we had more of them on the left.

  13. Kid says:

    Perfect Libtardness. Create a life sucking problem, then sit around and cry about it like a little girl.

    Absolutely Perfect Libtard Execution.

  14. Kid says:

    The libtard mind is devoid of Logic, History, Common Sense, True Empathy (they grieve for the evil perp over the victim), and the ability to see how their decision will affect anything tomorrow.
    What’s left? Emotion.
    Well, I dare say, they’d probably even be offended by this…

  15. geeez2014 says:

    Kid! “a cute BUSTLE” How sexist, how nasty, how awful (Smile)….this is funny and yes, libs would DIE if they heard the lyrics..”you’re too fat!” Gad, it almost feels good to type that, we’re so conditioned now to NEVER say the slightest thing that’s not UPlifting :-=)

    Baysider; that was something I realized a few years ago….and have blogged:
    It’s not like DEMOCRATS ARE RIGHT and REPUBLICANS ARE WRONG anymore (or whatever, vice versa, etc.); with the Left now, it’s DEMOCRATS ARE RIGHT and REPUBLICANS ARE PURE EVIL. You are SO RIGHT.

  16. geeez2014 says:

    SF, this statement “Using his own biased teaching on the financial crash of 2008” bugged me SO MUCH that I can’t say as I admire him but on everything else, I sure do, you’re right. It took real GUTS to say what he’s saying.

    Did you know Kirsten Powers on FOX has written a book called “THE SILENCING; HOW THE LEFT IS KILLING FREE SPEECH” ??? Yup. And she is a DEFINITE LEFTIST.

    Ugh. Jeanine Pirro is on FOX right now…I wish she didn’t sound like a female ROCKY.

  17. Mustang says:

    There is a saying that goes like this: those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach student teachers. Well, it is hard to imagine an adult who will admit that he’s afraid of his students … but it does explain his quest for mediocrity as a teacher. Safeguard income by never rocking the boat. He has a lot of moxie calling himself a teacher. Along with that article is another that pushes back against the generally held belief that political correctness is a liberal stratagem for silencing anyone that disagrees with them. Actually, there are several such strategies: daring to offer an opinion inconsistent with leftist ideology will result in being labeled a racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamophobe (which I suspect are actually one in the same) and a hater. Written by a leftist professor, she argued that political correctness is an invention by the right to silence the left. I actually laughed aloud. What was it that Janet Napolitano called terrorism? Man-caused catalyst for a time out? It occurs to me that it is literally impossible to have a meaningful dialogue in this country when everyone is attempting to manipulate the narrative to fit their own point of view. I wonder if that professor feels as if she actually accomplished something. If she feels that way, she’s delusional. But then I did say she was a leftist.

  18. geeez2014 says:

    Mustang “political correctness is an invention by the right to silence the left.” This shows the amazing unwillingness to THINK. And she’s a TEACHER?
    PC….she REALLY doesn’t get that?
    But I only say that in fear that you’ll think that I’m manipulating the narrative to fit my own point of view. Seriously~~! I think you’re mostly right on that hypothesis, but I like to think there IS A TRUTH, that it can’t all be manipulated.

    PC came about when the Left convinced people that being NICE was better than being RIGHTEOUS. I think so, anyway…kind of 🙂

  19. Silverlady says:

    Love it! At last the chickens have come home to roost, & to bite the hands that have been responsible for feeding them all this drivel: they are turning on the ‘dope dealers’ who have ‘taught ‘ them. When these empty-headed idiots get out into the real world they are going to be in for a few big shocks to their ‘collective’ ideologies. And they will be wearing their red flannel ‘jammies sipping cocoa in their parents’ basements while wondering where their idyllic sycophantic pampered life has gone.

  20. Kid says:

    Silverlady. Poetry.

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