Since last spring, the "Professor Watchlist" has allowed right-wing students at American universities to anonymously blacklist the professors "who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom."
The petty grievances of the easily traumatized "conservative" students are hilarious in their fragility: there's the Constitutional Law prof who criticized Scalia’s dissent in the Obergefell decision is "a threat to American democracy"; there's a biology prof who made fun of Creationism; another biologist who made a joke about shooting students who corrected his equations during his lectures -- an endless cascade of whining by conservatives who can't get through a day of classes without needing a safe space where they won't encounter any contradictory ideas.
But this grudge-list takes on a more sinister aspect in the contemporary political climate, ruled by a man who nursed a grudge about a joke in Spy magazine for decades, who boasts about "getting even" with his detractors, and who demands deference above all other virtues.
Professor Watchlist [Turning Point USA]
Rogue archivist Rick Prelinger writes, “Oakland students planned to paint a mural on a dark freeway underpass in their city. The project is stalled because Caltrans asserts copyright to murals on its property. The details are a bit sketchy, but there’s a petition here.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation surveyed hundreds of American kids, teachers and parents about privacy and the “ed-tech” sector, which is filling America’s classrooms with Chromebooks and cloud services and mobile devices that ingest kids’ data wholesale without any meaningful privacy or data retention policies.
Timothy from Creative Commons writes, “The purpose of copyright is to empower — not frustrate! — creativity and knowledge production. Nowhere is a balanced copyright more important than in education. But 15-year-old EU copyright laws don’t take into account modern digital and online teaching methods, tools, and resources.”
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