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“Teachers Are Not Soldiers”: Tenured Radical on Sandy Hook, Wesleyan Shooting

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, should teachers be armed?

One week after the Newtown shooting, the NRA has ended its social media blackout and the national gun policy debate is as bitter as it’s ever been. Thousands of Americans are demanding gun control now, and if you’re reading Wesleying, chances are you agree. But on the gun-owning side of the lobby—the sort of people who follow NRA’s Twitter account in the first place—conservatives demand the opposite: more guns, more concealed carry, more self-defense. (Don’t believe these people are real? Read a few NRA Facebook comments. Go ahead; I’ll wait.) In one heated exchange, Larry Pratt of the Gun Owners of America appeared on Piers Morgan and suggested that gun control advocates are responsible for the massacre. “Since we have concealed carry laws in all of our country now, people can get a concealed firearm,” Pratt argued. “And yet, we have laws that say not in schools.”

Should teachers be armed in the classroom? Could guns in school have saved the lives of 20 children and six teachers? Should America combat guns with—err, more guns?

Over at Tenured Radical, in a post titled “Teachers Are Not Soldiers,” Professor Claire Potter has a response for the pro-gun lobby. In a phrase: “Uh, no.”

Professor Potter describes learning about the Sandy Hook massacre after having just read Jeffrey Goldberg’s December Atlantic piece in favor of more guns. The bulk of her argument revolves around an experience at Wesleyan following the shooting of May, 2009, when a gunman remained on the loose after murdering Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10 in Red & Black Cafe. Wesleyan’s campus went into lockdown, and Potter waited for hours in the Center for the Americas:

College Frosh: Who are They? [Depressed]

White, middle-of-the-road, Catholic/atheist kids whose parents went to college and who want masters degrees in business/health.  They want better jobs and want to live a green, gay friendly, light on guns, heavy on taxes, health care providing, affirmative action-less world.  Okay, it’s not quite that simple, but those are some of the things that pop out in a study of this year’s freshmen by UCLA.  View a chart profiling the nationwide class of 2014 here.

The study also found record-low levels of emotional health though.

“The percentage of students reporting good or above-average emotional health dropped from 55.3 percent in 2009 to 51.9 percent in 2010, according to “The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 2010” survey. That marks the lowest point since 1985, when the survey first asked the question.”

“College tuition is higher, so they feel the pressure to give their parents their money’s worth in terms of their academic performance,” she says. “There’s also a notion, and I think it’s probably true, that the better their grades are, the better chance they have at finding a job.”

Women were especially hard hit in their emotional health levels.  Remember folks, OBHS is always there for you (except maybe snow days?).  But, in their attempts to further the depression, commenters on the NYT Facebook page were not so understanding:

  • “Welcome to the real world. Suck it up.”
  • “Wah Wah Wah………… O little babies have some stress?”
  • “It’s not as easy as it looks on “Gossip Girl”, huh? Put down the Four Loko and suck it up.”


Job Post: Write Papers for Other Students, $13/page

Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ed Dante outlines a job opportunity for undergrads looking to make ends meet:

  • Are you good at writing poorly researched papers that appear erudite enough to fool professors into giving you good grades?
  • Can you write 40 pages a day?
  • Do you research papers with Wikipedia and Amazon reviews?
  • Can you comprehend this message from a client: “You did me business ethics propsal for me I need propsal got approved pls can you will write me paper?”
  • Can you resist the temptation fill in these blanks with madlibs instead of academic jargon: “A close consideration of the events which occurred in ____ during the ____ demonstrate that ____ had entered into a phase of widespread cultural, social, and economic change that would define ____ for decades to come.” (fill in your best answers in the comments)
  • Are you willing to write for 4 cents a word?
  • Do you have no moral qualms with helping people achieve academic success the American Way—by using their wealth to buy it?
  • Then consider working as an Academic Ghostwriter. With the number of lazy students on the rise, business has never been better. Apply today!

Go here for more details: Link

Thanks to the shoutbox for the tip.

“Well, Naturally We’re Liberal”: Why Your Professors Lean Left

This has nothing to do with Wesleyan specifically, but it has much to do with issues and patterns concerning higher education in general, and it’s a fascinating read.

In a compelling (and admittedly provocative) article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jere P. Surber, professor of philosophy at the University of Denver, eloquently tackles what the media loves to term the “liberal bias of the academy.” Surber considers the left-leaning tendency of liberal arts professors to be not a meaningless phenomenon of naïveté, but simply common sense given the nature of a liberal arts professor’s job, as well as the often skewed relationship between hir level of education and salary: