TALLAHASSEE: Republicans on the House Choice and Innovation Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to pass a bill that aims to stamp out “leftist totalitarianism” by “dictator professors” in the classrooms of Florida’s universities…
While promoting the bill Tuesday, Baxley said a university education should be more than “one biased view by the professor, who as a dictator controls the classroom,” as part of “a misuse of their platform to indoctrinate the next generation with their own views.”
The bill sets a statewide standard that students cannot be punished for professing beliefs with which their professors disagree. Professors would also be advised to teach alternative “serious academic theories” that may disagree with their personal views.
According to a legislative staff analysis of the bill, the law would give students who think their beliefs are not being respected legal standing to sue professors and universities.
Students who believe their professor is singling them out for “public ridicule” – for instance, when professors use the Socratic method to force students to explain their theories in class – would also be given the right to sue.
A few fairly obvious thoughts:– Remember “political correctness”? Remember when John Leo used to wring three columns out of the same absurd complaints from hypersensitive left-wing students who felt victimized? Remember Republicans who would have mocked all the boo-hooing, and made the valid point that mollycoddling these kids in college would backfire when they had to face the real world? I miss those days.
– Every classroom has a malcontent or three. These clowns want to give them the power to sue if they’re called upon to explain their opinions, or if their feelings are hurt in class. Wouldn’t all of these frivolous lawsuits cost the state a lot of money? Of course they would. But that’s a price Rep. Baxley is willing to pay, in the interest of poetic justice as fairness.
“Being a businessman, I found out you can be sued for anything. Besides, if students are being persecuted and ridiculed for their beliefs, I think they should be given standing to sue.”
Really? You can be sued for anything? Maybe you should run for government, Mr. Baxley. Gosh, if you were a legislator, you could try to write some laws to actually reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits!– The mirror has two faces, as it were. If this idea catches on, I hope that Professor Reynolds enjoys teaching the merits of gun control, that Professor Davis Hanson enjoys boning up on Marxist theory, etc.
– It might be my lack of imagination, but for the life of me, I can’t imagine a college-level biology program that would be comfortable for a creationist.
– Every Republican in the committee voted for this bill. The entire hip, awesome “South Park Republican” caucus could stand on a beer mat with the entire anti-torture Republican caucus and still leave room for a beer. In real life, you’re looking at the fruits of the Republican revolution- bigger, more intrusive government that is willing to spend more tax money to punish the enemies of the Right. This is what you get when you vote for Republicans, friends.
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