‘We Don’t Need That Kind of Attitude’

December 16, 2005

Partway through her teacher-training program, Karen K. Siegfried started pulling her red compact car to the far end of the campus parking lot. She didn't want her professors at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks to see her bumper stickers: One proclaims her opposition to abortion, and the other is emblazoned with the name of one of Alaska's Republican senators."It worried me what they could do based on my politics," says Ms. Siegfried, who had already clashed with education professors over her views on affirmative action and gun control. When Ms. Siegfried disagreed with one professor's contention that video games make children violent, she says, the professor told her: "We don't need that kind of attitude...

Schools: Washington State University Le Moyne College Brooklyn College, City University of New York University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alabama Cases: Washington State University: Use of Dispositions Theory to Enforce Ideological Orthodoxy Le Moyne College: Dismissal of Student for Dissenting Views