GSU College of EducationGSU College of Educationby Mary Grabar.  On February 4, 2012, I attended a “Teach-In on Tucson,” at Georgia State University College of Education, which was advertised as being free and open to the public.   Dean Randy Kamphaus welcomed 170 participants.  According to the College of Education’s website, the purpose of the Teach-In was to “facilitate discussion of curriculum and censorship.”  But the discussion focused specifically on lobbying against legislation in the Georgia General Assembly.  The event was attended by professors, teachers, students, and professional activists.

The Teach-In was devoted to discussing ways to undermine Arizona’s recent legislation (HB 2281) prohibiting the use of curricular materials that “promote the overthrow of the United States government” or “promote resentment toward a race or class of people.”  The participants at GSU presented this law as dangerous censorship and discrimination.

Read more: Georgia State "Teach-In" for Lobbying

Predictor of PolarizationPredictor of Polarization"'I don't want to be friends with someone who is a member of the tea party or is a Newt Gingrich Republican. We are not the same. I equate their political views with thoughtlessness, intolerance and narcissism.'"  So begins today's Townhall column by history professor Brian Birdnow, who quotes from novelist Diana Waldman in the Los Angeles Times.  Read it here.  It's difficult to tell entirely what happened at this little social function (we after all do not get an op-ed by a Tea Party member in the Los Angeles Times!), but apparently an interracial couple involved in the Tea Party is not evidence enough to California liberals that the Tea Party is not racist.

Read more: Two-Minute Hate

Our First PresidentOur First PresidentThe following was published in Townhall on George Washington's real birthday (and coincidentally Ash Wednesday this year), February 22nd, a date we used to celebrate just for him instead of for "presidents."  Dissident Prof was happy to report that the column was picked up by Pew Sitter, an online Catholic News Portal.  Stephen Browne also wrote to say he enjoyed the column and that it reminded him of naming his son George, in Polish Jerzy, when he was born a couple weeks after 9/11.  His name is Jerzy Washington Browne and you can read the account, including about dealing with the Polish bureaucracy that forbids certain names, at his blog, here.

Teaching George Washington When Professors Aim to 'Stop' Santorum

In an age and time when I find most of my college students unfamiliar with the story of Adam and Eve or the origin of the phrase, “judge not lest ye be judged,” I enter discussions about religion with some caution.

Read more: On George Washington's Farewell Address

All aboardAll aboardAfter experiencing government-run travel on Amtrak for 13 hours, with three overnight naps in a sitting position, Dissident Prof arrived at Union Station in Washington, D.C., around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, to experience her first C-PAC.

Read more: Dissident Prof's First C-PAC

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