Nope. I have a VERY low opinion of Shapiro and the comments at issue, but that shouldn’t matter here. An academic job contract, once inked, must not be torn apart because of political commentary. Do the right thing, ⁦⁦⁦⁦@GeorgetownLaw⁩.…
By the way, in case you were wondering how conservatives operate when the shoe is on the other foot, George Leef and the @AcademicRenewal have got it covered.

Let’s be better.…
“No faculty member should ever have to fear penalty or loss of position for real scholarship, but there is no reason why colleges shouldn’t be able to decline to hire, discipline or fire professors whose in-class or extramural expressions show no restraint or respect.”

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Jan 30
Yeah, if Glenn thinks these bills are only about what public K-12 teachers can say in the classroom, he's sorely misinformed. On top of that, creationism is not "banned" in the classroom. It can be discussed, just not as fact or a legitimate scientific theory. By contrast...1/
...many of the Educational Gag Orders would prohibit teachers from discussing in *any* respect (however neutrally or without endorsement) certain ideas associated with "CRT". 2/
For instance, here's South Carolina's Freedom from Ideological Coercion and Indoctrination Act. It would apply to public and private K-12, public and private higher ed, private businesses that contract with the state, and nonprofits.…
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Jan 24
BREAKING: Over the last three weeks, 71 educational gag orders (aka "anti-CRT bills") have been introduced or prefiled. That's more than half of 122 proposed since January 2021. And they're getting worse.…
In this report, I focus on bills from a single state -- Indiana -- to show just how bad this new crop of bills truly is. The legislation I profile would regulate speech in public AND private K-12, colleges and universities, public libraries, and state agencies.
These are bills with extraordinarily draconian punishments, including private rights of action, professional discipline, monetary fines, and loss of state financial support and accreditation. Simply put, they are built to terrify.
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Jan 21
Just for clarification purposes, here in broad strokes are the different elements of those "school transparency" bills out there right now. I'll organize them according to my own sense of how extreme they are, with some accompanying examples.
1. Purely symbolic.

An enumeration of existing parental rights. Minimal impact.…
2. Purely symbolic, but this time we mean it.

An enumeration of existing parental rights, but with more elaborate language and the potential for greater administrative burdens on schools. Minimal impact.…
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Jan 15
So I'm listening to @sullydish's interview with Rufo and I have a question. In defense of his anti-CRT bills, Rufo claims that California *requires* teaching about systemic racism (as fact, presumably). What he's referring to? The Ethnic Studies mandate?…
@sullydish His argument is that Red states are simply banning what Blue states are mandating. Setting aside for a moment that justification from reciprocity, I just want to establish the facts. Because the Ethnic Studies law says zero about systemic racism.
@sullydish The Model Curriculum might (I've read it, but it's been a while), but that curriculum is purely voluntary. Schools are not required to adopt it in whole or in part.

So that's my question. What is Rufo referring to? And if it is to the ES law, does @sullydish know he was lied to?
Read 4 tweets
Jan 10
This thread from Rufo is further evidence for the theory that anti-CRT advocates know how insane this legislative session is going to be. They can see what's coming and want to ever so slightly disassociate themselves from it. I doubt it will work.

First, you can see more evidence of that effort here. It's a trend!

Rufo thinks he can deflate the argument further by shifting to curriculum transparency (which, to be clear, has been a part of these bills since the beginning; Rufo isn't breaking new ground here). What he fails to consider is that curriculum transparency bills can be crazy too.
Read 12 tweets
Jan 9
Apparently I was peripherally involved in a twitter spat earlier today. Anti-CRT laws: Who's the blame? Is the Harper's Letter crowd responsible? Etc. etc. Scintillating stuff! This is the sort of high stakes cultural frisson I miss for shabbat.
But without tooting my own horn *too* much, I actually do think I have a better read on this than most. I've kind of been on all sides of the debate, and having spent the last year reading every one of these bills, I think I have a good sense of where they're coming from.
But it's such an impossible discussion to have without coming across totally obnoxious. Is it even worth writing about?
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