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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Prof's Email Gets Her in Political Trouble

Don't miss this major piece at the Chronicle of Higher Education, on a professor in Wisconsin who sent an email to 18 students, in an online course, saying they could not complete an assignment during last October's government shutdown, and it was the GOP and Tea Party's fault.  In the new Internet, and partisan, world this naturally went viral--and now her career is threatened.
Those players—which include watchdog groups like Campus Reform, online publications, and local and national talk-radio shows—have sought to expose college professors for liberal bias and put colleges under pressure to rein them in. Activists on the left are similarly capable of protesting conservative speech they finds offensive, but they have not established organizations that monitor faculty speech, and campaigns demanding the firing of conservative academics are much less common than those directed at academics seen as liberal.

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