Abusive Liberal Professors

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), November 16, 2007 | Go to article overview

Abusive Liberal Professors


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Some universities have long been considered bastions of liberalism, but associate professor Paul Grosswiler at the University of Maine, Orono, may have taken that reputation to new heights. We learned a few weeks ago that, according to sophomore Rebekah McDade, Mr. Grosswiler offered extra credit to students in his history of mass communications class if they burned the American Flag or the Constitution, or if they got themselves arrested while defending free speech.

After the story broke, Mr. Grosswiler told the Bangor Daily News: "I don't intend for students to burn either the Constitution or the flag, and over the years hundreds of students have understood that." He later published an Op-Ed in that paper, defending his actions. He claims that he has used those examples to demonstrate the power of free speech. He said, "I tell students they have the First Amendment right to burn the flag." Then, he tempts them with extra credit and tells them "no one has ever followed through in previous years." The professor claims that no other students until now have been upset by his rhetoric.

What kind of message is this professor sending? It makes no sense to give his class an assignment, yet anticipate that they won't follow through. …

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