Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Stopped clock correct 

Highered Intelligence points to this editorial in the Washington Post by NYU Prof. Jonathan Zimmerman on why professors should stay out of the debate either pro or anti-war.
Here in Washington, for example, the local union urged members "to get involved with organizations working toward stopping the Bush administration's march toward war with Iraq."

The unions might be correct in their estimation of the president and his policies. As a teacher, however, I would never sign such a resolution. And if America does go to war, I would urge the unions to avoid any official statements -- negative or positive -- about it.

Why? The answer lies in the special role of teachers in a democracy. Quite simply, our job is to help people learn how to think. And we'll never succeed if we tell them what to think -- about America, Iraq or anything else.