Forsyth Technical Community College: Dismissal of Professor for Criticizing Iraq War

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC) writing instructor Elizabeth Ito has been dismissed for using a brief part of her class to discuss the war in Iraq. Ito criticized the Iraq war in a writing class on March 28, 2003, while the ground invasion was still underway. Her remarks, which later served as the basis for a writing assignment, lasted only ten minutes, but as a result administrators at the college decided not to renew her contract. FTCC President Gary Green subsequently ignored a request from the FIRE, sent on Ito’s behalf, for an explanation of the college’s actions.

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    In 2004, Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC) writing instructor Elizabeth Ito was dismissed for briefly discussing the Iraq War in her class. After Ito’s 10 minute criticism of the war in Iraq, she encouraged her students to share their opinions about the war as part of an anonymous critical writing assignment (they were not required to agree with her). Afterwards, Ito was asked by her supervisor, Department Chair Susie Keener, and John Slade, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to promise that she would never discuss the war again in class. Ito agreed that she would not bring […]

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