August 25, 2004

Overreaction of the Week

Apparently it's now de rigeur for profs to be speech cops on campus, and regulate private conversations that they aren't even present for. At least that's what Rhode Island College would have us believe...

Professor Lisa B. Church, who was a coordinator for RIC's cooperative preschool program, was not even present when two adult participants in the program allegedly made comments that another adult participant considered racially "offensive." Professor Church refused to punish the offending participants based on a third-person report of constitutionally protected speech, or to make the private altercation into a school-wide issue. Yet due to a complaint filed with RIC by the offended person, Church faces formal hearings for her decision.

FIRE is on the case. Perhaps we should give their reps shin guards, what with all those jerking knees on the RIC campus.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at August 25, 2004 10:20 AM

The way the sociology goes is that the angry mother taking the matter to court is not asking the court to say that enough is enough; _taking it to court_ is saying enough is enough.

The law hardly matters except as a place you can gesture toward to achieve this statement.

The antidote is ridicule of the mother, which is what the school failed to do. The duty to laugh cannot be shirked so easily, as FIRE will prove.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at August 25, 2004 12:29 PM