Wednesday, September 21, 2005

More dispositions 

FIRE is pursuing another case of a school of education using "dispositions" theory as a loyalty oath for its students. A student invited to "write what you really feel" without feeling uncomfortable revealed that he is a "conservative Christian" who believes �white privilege and male privilege do not exist,� and professed support for Second Amendment rights. He was evaluated to fail some dispositions and required to sign an agreement to remediation before he could join a practicum for his teaching degree. As David French notes on the Torch today, "ideology cannot function as a proxy for actual merit. ...It is not proper for a state university to condition its degrees on acceptance of the state-approved ideology." Washington State has since dropped the imposed agreement with the student.