Good Prof, Bad Prof

As with any line of work, there are those who excel, who bring credit to their profession, and then there are those who never quite measure up, experts in their own mind, who sooner rather than later fall from promise, plowing into the earth beneath a parachute that never quite opened.  Along with other fields, such is the case with university professors.  There are exceptionally dedicated good ones, who represent and bring fairness to their classroom teaching.  While there are others, who early on, were hit upside the head with the liberal hammer, who persist in ill-preparing their now-‘safe space’ seeking, micro-aggression-fearing students for the demanding realities of the competitive world of work.  For the long-term health of the profession, of universities in general, and of our nation, the latter individuals should have been encouraged to select another line of work.  That in mind, let’s look at an example of a good behaving prof and a bad behaving one, both of whom have garnered recent national media attention, beginning  first with a professor who certainly appears to have earned bad behaving   honors.

An associate professor at Georgetown University, Dr. Christine Fair, is apparently not a fan of President Bush, of Republicans, of Judge Kavanaugh, of men as a breed, and certainly not of the overall ‘Deplorable’ band of those who support all of the above.  She has recently made that quite clear in a series of social media posts.  Aimed squarely at now-Justice Kavanaugh and the Republican members of the Senate Judicial Committee, she wrote: “Look at the chorus of white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement.  All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps.  Bonus: We castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”  In another, she labeled the GOP as “pro-rape, pro-pederasty, pro-perjury, pro-corruption, pro-Russian hacking, pro-child trafficking, pro-white male supremacy…. a f***ing death cult.”  There are other expressions of her ample displeasures, but you get the damnation drift.

“Serial rapist”?? One almost gets the opinion that she doesn’t like conservatives, the male version especially, since all of the latter are, as we all know, pro-rape!!  Despite calls for her dismissal, Georgetown instead elected to remove her temporarily from teaching and to “accelerate” her apparently planned paid international research sabbatical.  In the meantime, the National Coalition for Men has filed a U.S. Department of Education Title IX complaint against Dr. Fair, indicating that she has “openly called for violence and terrorism against men as a class (and several specific men).”  Seems like a nice enough lady.  Darn shame she won’t be in the classroom for a while.  Safe travels.

Turning now to a recent example of a good behaving prof, certainly in the eyes of Constitutionalists, but apparently not so with all students.  Professor James Moore has been teaching at USC for 30-years.  In response to an email inviting the campus community to a female-student-oriented event, scheduled to take place during the recent Judge Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, which we must assume were being closely followed and were on the minds of USC students, certainly the females, Dr. Moore responded to the invitation email as follows:  “If the day comes you are accused of some crime or tort of which you are not guilty, and you find your peers automatically believing your accuser, I expect you will find yourself a stronger proponent of due process protections than you are now.  Accusers sometimes lie.”

Back in the day, there was a popular song entitled “Three Little Words.” Well, it was those last three words of Dr. Moore’s email response, no longer ‘little’ in impact, that set off an emotional bonfire among some.  A couple of female USC students quickly gathered “approximately 30” others, with the demand that the University terminate Dr. Moore on the spot.  One of the group’s organizers was quoted as saying: “Rapists must be held accountable for their actions.  Rape enablers, like Professor Moore, must be held accountable for their actions.”  Adding that she felt Moore was “a pitiful excuse of a professor.”

Well, a couple of observations.  First, the students calling for Moore’s firing had apparently already concluded that Judge Kavanaugh was a rapist, based totally on assumptive sympathy for the complainant’s 36-year old alleged-event memory.  In other words, yet again, presumption of guilt until innocence could be proven, which, in lieu of supportive facts, could only be ‘proven,’ and to no feminists’ satisfaction, by Judge Kavanaugh’s testified denial.  Not only was Judge Kavanaugh declared a ‘rapist,” based on assertion, absent any corroboration, but Dr. Moore was declared to be a ‘rape enabler,” again minus any facts or corroboration.

Secondly, let’s provide Dr. Moore with some fairness.  He said that accusers “sometimes” lie.  Not all accusers. Not all of the time.  But some accusers, some of the time. That is a perfectly reasonable statement because, here it comes, it’s provably true!  Dr. Moore was the recipient of an incredible, blinded by emotion, over-reaction to what he was actually saying.  It isn’t only defendants who can and do lie.  Accusers also lie ‘sometimes’, regardless of the alleged misdeed or crime.

Good professor, bad professor.  Shame on Professor Fair, who certainly wasn’t being at all reasonable, nor intending to be, with her withering, over-the-top social media damnation of all Republicans, and all men in particular.  And thanks go to Professor Moore for his courage in speaking the truth, within a cyclone-like swirl of emotion, and taking the verbal slings and arrows for so doing.

It would seem that one of these two professors, failing a major attitude, anger, and self-control adjustment, needs to move on beyond the classroom.  The other speaks with fact and reason, and should definitely be permitted to continue classroom instruction.  It’s quiz time, conservatives.  Your choice?  Sorry for leaving you with a real brain-bender!!

(Prof. Fair quotes, Fox, Caleb Parke, 9-20-18;  Title IX & National Coalition for Men quote,  The College, Graham Piro, 10-12-18;  Prof. Moore/USC quotes, The, Sarah Taylor, 10-2-18)