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This video slasher job has been and continues to be the topic of lively discussion on highered and labor lists, pushing other topics to the background momentarily. Not to worry ~ we're not forgetting them, just catching this one before the next highered news train wreck. There's an excellent Labor Notes article, "Right-wing Hoaxster Smears Labor Educators," We're working on a letter appealing adjunct Giljum's "not re-hiring." Judy Ancel has issued a statement, already posted to many of these lists as well as blogs such as Gail Francis' Erstwhile Luddite ~ complete with creative editing challenge. No one can compete with academics when it comes to Today, AAUP general secretary Gary Rhoades issued this one.
Compromising Academic Freedom and Creating a Hostile Classroom Environment
Washington, D.C. ─ Andrew Breitbart is on the attack again. This time his targets are Judy Ancel, Director of the Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and her co-instructor in a labor studies class, Don Giljum, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. Breibart has produced what purports to be a damning video of the class Ancel and Giljum co-taught. The video, selectively edited from more than thirty hours of classroom footage, has already cost Giljum his job.
The video posted on Breitbart's BigGovernment website is entitled "Thuggery 101: Union Official, Professor Teach How-To College Course in Violent Union Tactics." The violence that is being done, however, is to the academic freedom and employment security of the instructors, and to the privacy and safe classroom environment of the students, some of whom speak on the video clip. When students voice their views in class, they should not have to fear that their comments will be spread all over the Internet. When faculty members rightly explore difficult topics in class, they should not have to fear for their jobs or their lives. (Death threats to the instructors have been posted on Breitbart's blog).
Quality education in a democracy requires the free and open exchange of ideas by professors and students without fear of retaliation. It requires academic freedom. And it requires safe classroom environments. Those commitments and conditions are at the heart of the American Association of University Professors' (AAUP) basic principles.
In his own words, in a recent appearance on the Sean Hannity show, Andrew Breitbart indicated that he intends to "go after" teachers and unions. That is in keeping with a current environment in which some politicians seek to make a name for themselves by attacking the rights of working people and the work of people whose inherent right (and responsibility) it is to explore a variety of ideas.
Breitbart has a right to voice his views; he does not have a right to his own facts. He does not have a right to distort the class in ways that are evident in the video clips and that are detailed by Judy Ancel in her response to the attack. Neither does he have the right to trample on the academic freedom of professors and their students, nor on the privacy rights of students in their classroom work.
The AAUP denounces the actions of Andrew Breitbart as compromising academic freedom, quality education, and the rights of students to a safe classroom environment. We call on the University of Missouri, Kansas City, the University of Missouri, Saint Louis and the University of Missouri System to speak out clearly and forcefully in defense of the rights of their professors and students. And we call on all people of reason in the academy and beyond to do likewise.
Tomorrow, April 15, ED will hold its fourth and final Community College Regional Summit at San Diego City College in San Diego, Calif. The focus of this one-day event is on Exemplary Programs for Veterans, Military Members, and Families, and will bring together federal, labor, industry and philanthropic partners to discuss how each entity can support local community college efforts to meet the President's goal of having the best-educated workforce and the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
Other topics to be discussed at the summit include solutions and promising practices in college completion, developmental education, industry-education partnerships, services to military service-members and veterans, transitioning adults to community colleges, and successful transfer programs to four year colleges and universities. The Summit will also provide a forum to identify local, state and national recommendations for increasing community college completion in order to meet the President's 2020 goal.
Join the summit at 12:00 PM EDT on April 15, 2011 for a LIVE webcast of the summit (link will become active when the summit begins).
The above ed.gov blog entry was written by Cameron Brenchley, posted on April 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm, filed under College Completion, Community Colleges, Headlines, News and tagged Community Colleges, Graduation, Summit. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.
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by Maria Maisto, NFM President
Incredible, inspiring movements in support of justice and democracy have swept our country and others over the last couple of months. At the same time, unimaginable tragedy has befallen the residents of Japan, and regularly occurs both locally and globally every day. I sometimes find it difficult to keep perspective in the face of events that are so large in scope and significance. The project in which we are engaged - to establish fair and ethical working conditions for all higher education faculty in the US - can seem trivial when compared to the life-or-death situations of people in our communities and around the world. Indeed, when we take our message beyond our campuses, we often find that people respond to us in exactly this way. Expecting support from members of our communities, we are hurt when we hear instead, "You should be glad you have a job rather than complaining about your pay."
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