Regarding Ward Churchill,

February 15, 2010

1. Should U of Colorado have launched an investigation?

An Investigation was the right thing for the University to do, a University is supposed to care about what the people working there teach in their classrooms. Whether Churchill had decided to make an essay entirely supporting America or saying that America’s policies had a part in influencing 9/11, an investigation should’ve been launched entirely on the basis that all schools need to know who is teaching in their classrooms, but that doesn’t mean I agree with doing extensive psychological testing on them like they’re some kind of lab rats or that they should be fired because they oppose the views of the general public, but it should be known what a professor is publicly willing to state (just like Churchill had on his website) and whether or not the professor is teaching it in his classrooms without debate.

2. Should a professor, a public intellectual, who knows history and does research be allowed to speak on a subject like this? Is dissent like this protected?

They shouldn’t just be allowed to speak about this, they should be asked to speak about it constantly. A person whose main focus is on history should be talking about every major world changing event through the eyes of history and through their own research all the time against others who study in the same field to allow those that are willing to listen to it decide what they think is right. Dissent like this isn’t only protected; it’s advocated by most free-thinking individuals. It’s the first amendment that gives us the ability to freely speak, and in context to this specific case, as long as Churchill wasn’t advocating violence he should be able to say what he wants to, which is what he did when he was asked to write his essay.

3. Would you have fired Ward Churchill?

No, it’s not a crime for a person to speak their mind. As long as he wasn’t forcing his belief upon students, there was no reason for him to be fired. He is free to go so far as to read the entire essay in his classrooms and let people debate it, as long as he wasn’t forcing his views on the students he should’ve been allowed to continue teaching and not be deemed unfit to teach his students and have his position in the university terminated.

4. Should conservative students have their values protected as David Horowitz wants? In essence, should a professor have to teach BOTH sides of an issue? Or should it be their prerogative to teach what they believe is “true” or “most accurate”?

If conservative students had to have their values protected then the same would have to be done for liberal students, and if both sides’ values are being protected then no one is going to be able to learn anything. Neither side needs to have anything protected; they both just need to be respected within a classroom. There is nothing wrong with having students debate their opinions. A professor shouldn’t have to necessarily teach both sides of an issue, but they should make their students aware of both sides. It is however, important that a professor know about both sides of an issue so if a student wanted to hear the opposing sides argument, they could explain it.

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One Response to “Regarding Ward Churchill,”

  1. Professor Dunphy said

    Great job on this post — i agree with you on it but that’s irrelevant.

    Really enjoyed reading the work.

    Prof. Dunphy

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