Iowa State University Professor has recently become famous owing to her controversial syllabus in English class.
The professor made it compulsory for her students that criticizing any movement or people like gay marriages, BLM and others will cost them dismissal.
How did Iowa State University deal with it?
The media is speaking a lot about the incident.She clearly stated that ‘choosing any topic that takes at its base that one side doesn’t deserve the same basic human rights as you do’. This means the students cannot have their opinions on any hot matter which is against the freedom of speech.
The university administration took notice of this as the students protested. The professor has now changed her syllabus. As the university said that we cannot compromise free speech. The syllabus is against the university standards, allowing free speech to students.
What was the troublesome part of ‘GIANT WRITING’?
This course is called Giant Writing in which students have to write argumentative essays. These essays are supposed to bring forth the best of students both, in terms of writing skills and thought processes. The sole purpose of such programs is to enhance critical thinking in students and critical writing as well.
Quite contrarily, the professor informed the students that she will not accept any argument. The kind of arguments against gay marriages, abortion, BLM, etc. She said she takes these matters seriously so the students will be dismissed from her class.
She wrote ‘[A]ny instances of othering that you participate in intentionally. It includes racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, sorophobia, transphobia, classism, mocking of mental health issues, body shaming, etc. Students in class using these ideas are grounds for dismissal from the classroom.’ What she means here is that no one basically can write against these topics.
How are the students taking this act of the professor?
Young America’s Foundation shared the screenshot of the manual on the internet and the students are reacting strongly about this. According to them, the course is snathing away their first amendment right.
They say this is blatant discrimination against conservative students and their right to express. Some students are against the Marxist BLM movement and are pro-life as well. The organization also said that this statement of the professor is wrong on so many levels.
According to them, saying that dismissal on speaking of anything that does not match with the professor’s opinions is a power abuse on a massive level.
The new changes in university in this wake
This recent act of professor Chloe Clark is bringing about a lot of changes in the university faculty.The management not only amended the syllabus of professor Chloe but also reviving its policies. It is sending new details and terms and conditions to the faculty members.
In light of the first amendment.
The university also said that it does not take any disciplinary measurements against students. Since having their own viewpoints is not wrong. However, Young America’s Association is not still happy with it. As they say, this should not have happened in the first place.
The organization is really unhappy with the incident. The faculty needs to refresh their knowledge of the first amendment. And also on the rights of students on free speech and keeping opinions.
The university’s uncomfortable history with free speech
It seems like the ISU has troublesome chemistry with ‘free speech’. The institute is already going through a suit against free speech. The university banned sidewalks and wall chalking in a political context. But someone made a lawsuit against them.
The university, however, has now agreed to remove the policy. A student organization advocating First Amendment said that this is against free speech. The university banned political activities when the presidential campaigns are a hot topic on the campus.
What do you think of this story guys? Who are you within this equation, the university management or the professor? Enlighten us with your valuable comments and share the story with your fellow students because sharing is caring. Since the elections are on our heads and everyone’s confused who to vote. Students’ engagements in politics right now is good.