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05-28-2018, 03:23 PM
Robert Oscar Lopez calls for the abolishment of tenure:

It's Fine to Call for the Firing of Randa Jarrar
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/04/its_fine_to_call_for_the_firing_of_randa_jarrar.ht ml

"Conservatives should not want Randa Jarrar to be fired," conservative writer Megan McArdle lectures us from (what a surprise!) the Washington Post.

In case you missed it, Randa Jarrar has tenure in an English department at Fresno State University in California. She tweeted vile remarks about Barbara Bush in the wake of Mrs. Bush's death...

McArdle dangles the little carrot to the riled up conservatives: the promise that if we tolerate liberal shenanigans, maybe we will not get fired from the Atlantic, Marquette University, or Mozilla. According to McArdle, "[c]onservatives, even more than other Americans, should be on Jarrar's side. Free speech always protects the minority, and that's what they are on campus."

I am conservative, a professor, and a former employee of the California State University system. And I think Megan McArdle is wrong. Here is why:

The entire mystique of academic freedom is nonsense.

I have written voluminously about this, but if you do not want to read Wackos Thugs & Perverts, then feel free to read this short piece. The university system is based on tenure, which nullifies every romantic thing you have ever heard about academic freedom. In fact, the committee of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) that deals with academic freedom is also the committee that deals with tenure. That is because only tenured people have academic freedom.

And how do you get tenure? You survive roughly fifteen years of graduate school and probationary work to prove to the reviewers that you think the way they do. There is no academic freedom anywhere in the university. So do not worry about harming academic freedom. By firing Jarrar, you are not harming freedom; you are harming tenure.

Tenure needs to be taken down, so let's start with this person.

There is so much to be written about tenure and so little time. Much of the problem with this institution receives fair scrutiny here. To tenure we owe much of academia's bias, inefficiency, bad scholarship, high cost, inflexibility, incoherence, and toxic professorial behavior. There is nothing good about it. It empowers the worst people and strangles the careers of bright visionary thinkers.

If we are ever going to get rid of tenure, we have to start somewhere. Why not here? We have someone of dubious academic value, whose well documented tendency toward reckless bluster probably colors her teaching.

English as a field needs to be cleared out.

Perhaps the worst news coming out of academia right now has arrived: pro-queer gender activist Judith Butler is going to be the next president of the Modern Language Association (MLA). The MLA oversees English, literature, and languages departments at a time when college students are not learning proper English, the classics are vanishing in favor of identity politics, and college students are no longer compelled to learn foreign languages...