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Definitely a Hostile Environment

Notice the school this lad is attending

A former student at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work is suing the school and several of his professors for discrimination, saying he was persecuted by the school’s “liberal political machine” for being a conservative.

William Felkner, 45, says the New England college and six professors wouldn’t approve his final project on welfare reform because he was on the “wrong” side of political issues and countered the school’s “progressive” liberal agenda.


On the one hand, I applaud his efforts to balance the scales, considering how hostile to conservatives schools are in general.

Yet, on the other, I almost think he deserves the old what-for. Social Work? That's about as liberal a career path as humanly possible—only slightly to the right of Chairman Mao, as far as I can tell. What's a conservative thinking entering a school like that, anyway?

(h/t Pat The Man)

  Human Shields


Comments:

#1 Kevin 16-Dec-2008
Eh, I'm willing to give him a break. The only way to reform or destroy that silly field is from within. He might actually be doing the world a tremendous favor.

Or as the English would say, 'favour'. English people are funny.
#2 Peter 17-Dec-2008
Kevin,

You've never had a friend who's life has been saved by a woefully underpaid social worker, have you? Or worked with a social worker who was trying to salvage the life of a kid who'd been subject to terrible family abuse?

I have. It would only be a silly field if there were medical and psychological care that could be provided in better funded and more efficient ways to the millions of people in this country who need that kind of care.
#3 Peter 17-Dec-2008
William Felkner in the Providence Journal on June 8, 2008 (p.1):

In a phone interview, Felkner said the faulted (sic) American culture is a salad bowl of unassimilated cultures that are weakening the country.

The same things were said about my grandparents and are said about my in-laws. And if you had any clue who these people were and are, you'd be praising the lord they chose to come to the US.
#4 Peter 17-Dec-2008
One more thing to check out on Felkner before holding him up as a (well-funded) martyr: http://www.counterpunch.org/lisnoff12162008.html

But what really and truly amazes me is that people who dedicate their lives social work and manufacturing are exactly the types of people who have been trashed by the right wing in recent weeks.

Do you think that if unions and social workers didn't exist we would have a meritocratic utopia? That's as idealistic (that is, as divorced from any reality that people actually inhabit) as is Leninism.

Without his father's union, my best law student 2 years ago would never have been able to afford to finish high school, much less professional school.

Without a social worker who made enough to live in a 3d floor walkup in Flint in 1983, a kid who'd been abused wouldn't have grown up into the productive family man he's become.

Who do we valorize in this society? The Donald Trumps, Rush Limbaughs, Hank Greenbergs, and Donald Rumsfelds?

Are immigrants not human? Who among us aren't descended from immigrants? Any of you?
#5 Cletus 18-Dec-2008
The libs of infiltrated our side of the aisle, I thinks about time we got some guys on the inside too.
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