The same progressive professors who created today’s campus climate of political correctness are terrified of the students they’re supposed to be teaching, worried that a “racist” or “sexist” assignment could mean the end of an academic career.
That’s the message from a liberal professor writing on the liberal website Vox.com, who was so afraid of his students he wouldn’t even use his own name.
Writing under the pseudonym “Edward Schlosser,” the professor described “social justice” as a stifling and unworkable concept that has led to censorship in higher education.
“I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me,” he wrote. “Particularly the liberal ones.”
After bragging about his own progressive bias, the professor expressed concern over the intolerance students have for uncomfortable ideas, and ideological diversity.
“I once saw an adjunct not get his contract renewed after students complained that he exposed them to ‘offensive’ texts written by Edward Said and Mark Twain,” he wrote.
“That was enough to get me to comb through my syllabi and cut out anything I could see upsetting a coddled undergrad, texts ranging from Upton Sinclair to Maureen Tkacik — and I wasn’t the only one who made adjustments, either.”
Granted, an adjunct professor not getting a contract renewed is a long way from the days of China’s Cultural Revolution, when high school and university students attacked their professors with the full support of Mao’s government. But the professor’s fear is palpable.
Using his own biased teaching on the financial crash of 2008 as proof of his progressive bona fides, Schlosser complained about the over-sensitive student body, and their intolerance for anything that might challenge their world view.
“So it’s not just that students refuse to countenance uncomfortable ideas — they refuse to engage them, period,” he wrote. “Engagement is considered unnecessary, as the immediate, emotional reactions of students contain all the analysis and judgment that sensitive issues demand.”
The hostile relationship between students and teachers, according to Schlosser, is due directly to the modern American university’s concept of protecting student’s feelings. Political correctness and emotional sensitivity are cutting into educators’ willingness to expose students to quality education.
“Hurting a student’s feelings, even in the course of instruction that is absolutely appropriate and respectful, can now get a teacher into serious trouble,” he wrote.
Naturally, the progressive prof doesn’t have much of a plan to curb the “politically correct” censorship imposed by students.
“Right now, there’s nothing much to do other than sit on our hands and wait for the ascension of conservative political backlash,” he wrote.
Things must be pretty ugly when a liberal college professor is depending on a conservative political win to save him from his leftist students.
And he’ll probably just complain about it then.
Social media users had little sympathy for the professor’s complaints. As one wrote, it was “people like you that created this climate.”
And it’s people like him that will have to deal with it.
— paralleluniverse (@eigenscape) June 3, 2015
— CPE1704TKS (@PhillipCMcGuire) June 3, 2015
@voxdotcom You mean the world you helped create, Vox?
— Ross The Boss (@gigagiga333) June 3, 2015
— BasedBrazilian (@BasedBrazilian) June 3, 2015