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Student Says No to ABOR
Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 11, 2006 | Julia A. Seymour

Posted on 05/11/2006 1:16:48 PM PDT by JSedreporter

The only student who testified, other than a few who came forward during public comment, at Millersville University before the Pennsylvania State House Committee on academic freedom was Terry Christopher.

Christopher, a Millersville University junior in Speech Communication, told the state legislators that Millersville does not have an academic freedom problem. “I have taken courses with professors on both ends of the political spectrum, and I’ve found that their political affiliations are not what have made me learn or not learn. I have learned best in classes that are open to free debate,” said Christopher.

Christopher urged committee members not to pass further legislation. He talked about a Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) professor named Stephan Williams who was forced to resign after he offended some students.

“Williams became noted at the Lancaster Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College for classroom discussions on Abraham Lincoln’s sexuality. He used the occasional curse word. A student described him as ‘a guy you could almost see yourself sharing a beer with while talking about history.’ Williams no longer teaches at the school in East Lampeter Twp. The former head of the history department was suspended in January, on the first day of the semester, for using a slang term for sexual intercourse in class,” wrote Carrie Cassidy of The Patriot News.

Based on this example, Christopher told committee members that “these so-called Academic Bill of Rights proposals cannot gain any strength, quality professors will lose their jobs or have to censor themselves and many elements of college life will be catastrophically affected.”

State Representative Gibson C. Armstrong said numerous times throughout the Pennsylvania hearings that the committee does not wish to pass an Academic Bill of Rights, but does want to ensure that state and state-related university students have the opportunity to freely express their political viewpoints and that professors are abiding by guidelines already in place.

Julia A. Seymour is a staff writer for Accuracy in Academia.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: academicfreedom; censorship; highereducation; millersvilleuniv; pastatehouse

1 posted on 05/11/2006 1:16:50 PM PDT by JSedreporter
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To: JSedreporter
“I have taken courses with professors on both ends of the political spectrum,

Far left and extremely far left do not make up the two ends of the political spectrum.

2 posted on 05/11/2006 1:21:26 PM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: CzarNicky

They would not know political freedom if it bit them in the rear.... I would call for no politics being push around the classroom, unless it's part of the subject at hand.

3 posted on 05/11/2006 1:25:55 PM PDT by thebaron512
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To: JSedreporter

Maybe the student is a lefty. Then he would've been fine.

Wonder what he considers to be right-of-center?

4 posted on 05/11/2006 1:26:42 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: CzarNicky
My thought exactly. But you stated it better than I would have.
5 posted on 05/11/2006 1:42:38 PM PDT by wolfpat (Dum vivimus, vivamus.)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

"Wonder what he considers to be right-of-center?"

Dennis Kucinich?

6 posted on 05/11/2006 2:11:36 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: Rabid Dog


7 posted on 05/11/2006 3:17:18 PM PDT by Snapping Turtle (Slow down and get a grip!)
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To: Snapping Turtle

Jeez - I can only imagine.

8 posted on 05/11/2006 6:13:38 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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