April 29, 2008

Hey, think this can work at the school level?

It might give me some ideas ...! ;-)

A Dartmouth lecturer plans "to sue her students for workplace harassment based on 'intolerance of ideas.'" Check it:

Few of [Priya] Venkatesan's students deny disliking her; they just say it had nothing to do with race, gender, or any other federally-protected characteristic. Rather, the lecturer embodied that special brand of neurotic pedagogical tyranny that includes making rules against questions, refusing to interact with students, and, according to the D,
cancellation of class for a week after the class applauded a student who contradicted Venkatesanís opinions about post-modernism.

Spontaneous applause during a class on literary criticism? Obviously, there is something very wrong with this picture, so outrageously shocking as to shake Venkatesan to her very core: In a class at an Ivy League university, students were paying attention. Worse: They were engaged, and they cared.

"I was horrified," Venkatesan said. "My responsibility is not to stifle them, but when they clapped at his comment, I thought that crossed the line ... I was facing intolerance of ideas and intolerance of freedom of expression." ...She canceled class because the incident caused her "intellectual and emotional distress," she said.

Then again, being outsmarted by a room full of eighteen-year-olds must be pretty humiliating. A kinder choice would have been emitting a spontaneous snore or two, then preoccupying themselves with a more innocuous form of disrespect, like text messaging during class or ostentatious yawning.

But c'mon -- is it really any F'in wonder that this sort of crap is happening in higher academia today? College administrators virtually invite it with their inane speech codes, behavior codes, sensitivity seminars, and diversity training.

I believe the phrase is "hoisted on their own petard."

Posted by Hube at April 29, 2008 09:44 PM | TrackBack

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In an effort not to stifle them she cancelled class and hid in her office. Why is this person employed?

Posted by: Duffy at April 30, 2008 09:42 AM