No matter how important certain topics are in developing critical thinking in students, they are the third rail in a career (“A Lecturer Showed a Picture of the Prophet Muhammad. She Lost Her Job,” The New York Times, Jan. 8). Even if Erika Lopez Prater were a tenured professor rather than a lecturer, the outcome would be no different.
Students today don’t want any of their pre-existing opinions and attitudes challenged. When they are as part of the process of education, professors suddenly find themselves in trouble with the administration. Tenure no longer protects them from dismissal.
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