Skip to comments.A Colleague of Alger Hiss? How Ward Churchill Got Tenure
Posted on 02/17/2005 1:59:28 PM PST by Stoat
The governor should put a boot in the regents' butts.
"a standard which may be irrelevant in this case"
How irrelevant is it that the guy pulled a con job and lied about being an American Indian ..??
How irrelevant is it that the guy pulled a con job and lied about being in Vietnam ..??
Such rationales certainly cause thoughtful folks to reconsider the status given to tenure and academia in general, don't they?
I understand he was in Viet Nam. He operated a film strip projector for Special Services (the baseball mitt and golf course groomers).
I think the Churchill episode raise two issues that don't
involve free speech: (1) If the things listed on his
curriculum vitae to the University are false, this is
clearly fraudulent. (2) Most schools should intensively
reevaluate ways that a tenured professor can be dismissed.
As it now stands, to dismiss a tenured professor at
Colorado involves seven enormously complicated (and
expensive!) steps. When a tenured faculty member should
clearly be dismissed, too often the school feels that the
"game isn't worth the candle". The result is that ALL
concerned are worse off -- students, tax-payers, and
the quality of the general faculty.
All very true and well stated, although I would suggest that in addition to the issue of expense, there is of course the issue of ideology which trumps all on college campuses these days. You aren't going to get the administration of public colleges and universities to dismiss an instructor for virulent anti-American comments these days because those comments are going to be very much in line with the belief system of the college administration, period.
Well .. according to some statements I've seen - he's representing "being in Vietnam" as being a part of the military and fighting in Vietnam. That still makes him a fraud.
I do not believe tenure is valuable to anyone - certainly not to the students who are STUCK with incompetence in a field of study where they need to know the best information in order to perform a job. It's actually frightening.
And .. if a teacher has accountability as part of their JOB - like the rest of us - perhaps they would be less likely to spew their Communist agenda in the classroom - where they could be removed for NOT TEACHING THE SUBJECT they were hired to teach.
Excellent point! If a colleague can be fired for incompetence -- I can too! Can't have that - I might be
next! There is (excuse the pun) a "collegialty" of
The idea of tenure was that to foster intellectual debates without the threat of termination due to internal political pressures, professors would be given a promise not to be terminated for any reason other than a truly harmful act against the university.
The problem is that there is no debate within universities today. They have progressed from colleges of colleagues to profit centers without care of any level of education. It is all about grants and tuition, not education and the advancement of the arts and sciences.
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