Monday, April 1, 2013

People behaving strangely in education again…

Article from inside higher ed titled: “What Were They Thinking?”
“At Rochester, the controversy involves the blog of Steven Landsburg, an economics professor who last year attracted attention for defending Rush Limbaugh when Limbaugh called a Georgetown University law student a slut. This time around, Landsburg is writing about rape, and in particular the kind of rape in which the victim is unconscious or unaware that the rape is taking place (as was the case in the Steubenville incident that was recently in court)”.

“Carson has been attracting a following in conservative circles and that led him to be asked by Fox News for his views on gay marriage. His answer: "Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition." The comparison of gay people who want to marry to those who favor bestiality or NAMBLA (which advocates for relationships between men and boys) angered many, who saw the comment as an anti-gay slur”.

“The letter -- from Susan Patton, a member of the Class of 1977 and mother of two male Princeton students -- urged female students to focus on finding husbands while they were at college. For most of you, the cornerstone of your future and happiness will be inextricably linked to the man you marry, and you will never again have this concentration of men who are worthy of you. Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there, Patton wrote”.
From education week: “Former Atlanta Schools Superintendent Indicted in Cheating Scandal”
“Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools who had been regarded as one of the top urban school leaders in the nation, has been indicted on racketeering and other charges by a Fulton County, Ga., grand jury for her alleged role in a 2009 cheating scandal that called into serious question much of the district's academic progress under her watch”.
This is a tough start to the week? Who wants to share some positive news?
Free speech is ok, it is part of our democracy, but please keep the best interests of education in mind. Wanting your school district to be recognized is not a bad idea, but do not cut corners.
I hope this week gets better!
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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