Passionate professors

The University of California’s Academic Senate has voted 45-3 to revise guidelines that prevented professors from pushing their personal beliefs on students.

UC’s 1934 “academic freedom statement” said teaching is a “dispassionate duty.” Professors were suppposed to “stick to the logic of the facts.”

The old statement had languished in obscurity for decades but gained attention last year after a UC Berkeley course catalog contained a listing for a class called “Politics and Poetics of Palestinian Resistance.” The graduate student who taught the class warned in the course description that “conservative thinkers are encouraged to seek other sections.”

The faculty code of conduct still prohibits professors from trying to “coerce the judgment or conscience” of students. No Indoctrination is not impressed.

The issue seems, well, academic. Does anyone think UC professors have been dispassionate fact-stickers since 1934?

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