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March 08, 2006

But it’s the context of the class?

I read these stories and I am taken aback, I teach real-world stuff. Messy stuff. And I have always been concerned about how students accept the language used online, the pictures, the's real but it's certainly not all politically correct. Especially my teen stuff...political correctness and teens, please. So then I read today's Inside Higher Ed and find George Carlin Need Not Apply.

When the semester started, Stephen E. Williams was teaching history at the Lancaster branch of Harrisburg Area Community College. But early in the semester, he stopped showing up, and his students received calls confirming the reason why: He had used the word "fuck" in class.

Officially, administrators at the college will not say why Williams was suspended or why the institution recently reached an agreement under which the tenure-track (but non-tenured) professor ceased to be an employee. But students in his classes started getting calls from officials soon after he left, asking if they had heard him swear in class.


Speaking generally, Early said, "we feel that academic freedom is essential to a high quality environment, but the use of profanity when it is not directly connected to the subject matter is something that is not covered by academic freedom." Early said that the use of profanity would be O.K. in cases such as where the words are part of the lyrics of a song being studied.

Ok now I'm would NOT classify my teaching style as "including profanity" as Williams students did in the article, not even close. When I use chat or blog examples I use the best example of the phenomena...which may include profanity, innuendo, etc. And in my advanced classes, designed but not taught at this point, students will be expected to spend time in online communities where the use of profanity and god-knows-what-else is outside my individual control, exposure is a given. *sigh* It does give a teacher pause...where is the line between teaching and protecting adults? Sorry I don't live in a politically correct world. Do you? Does anyone?

Posted by prolurkr at March 8, 2006 09:43 AM

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