Open Letter in Defense of Rebecca Schuman

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Steven Muhlberger
7 years ago
I am a university professor who is keenly aware of the vulnerability of my junior colleagues. We need more truth-telling, not less.

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Andy Adams
7 years ago
Because we've all run into that wall, and radical ideas need to be heard in order to fix the problem

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Alexandr Kazda
7 years ago
I value academic freedom.

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Aden Nichols
7 years ago
Freedom of speech is the bedrock of a free society.

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Dejenie Lakew
7 years ago
Freedom of speech and dissemination of ideas from all directions are some of fundamental tenets of a free society and part of scholastic works that are vital and imperative to social developments.

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Moriah Bentley
7 years ago
Freedom of Speech is still a legal right. We now have to contend with people who disagree with someone feel they have the right to belittle someone for their thoughts or beliefs. It is one thing to disagree and it is another to make personal attacks.

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David Delgado
8 years ago
free speech

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Ken Mondschein
8 years ago
Academic freedom for adjuncts

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Matthew Schmeer
8 years ago
While I disagree wtih Prof. Schuman's arguments and opinions in regards to student writing, any harassment for holding those views is in total disregard of the tenants of both freedom of speech and academic freedom.

As an alum of UM-St. Louis (BA 1999, MFA 2001), I encourage the university to ignore any and all calls for Prof. Schuman's removal from her teaching position or non-renewal of her teaching contract for subsequent semesters. As a scholar and a teacher, Prof. Schuman has every right to question the effectiveness of writing pedagogy, the intersection of teaching and academic politics, and the state of adjunct teaching in the modern university. While her views may not be popular, her voice needs to be heard.

Matthew Schmeer, Associate Professor of English, Johnson County Community College

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Doug Holton
8 years ago
Jo Boaler and others (mostly women) have also unfortunately been harassed by others inside and outside of academia for expressing views on teaching that differ from "traditional" (and ineffective) education practices, even when there are decades of educational research and theory to back them up.