Positive Classroom Experiences Deserve Attention · 08 October 2003

Lest is seem that our coverage of campus affairs focuses solely on the negative, I want to make clear that we also welcome stories about positive experiences in the classroom. Do you have any professors who have been particularly fair-minded in their approach to teaching, or who haven't been cowed by the legitimate threat that their minority viewpoints will result in the denial of tenure? Has your SAF chapter already succeeded in getting the campus talking about the Academic Bill of Rights? Do you have a faculty advisor who doesn't necessarily agree with your personal political viewpoint but supports your organization, nonetheless?

All of these stories deserve telling, and have the potential to benefit our movement just as much as the well-deserved critiques of many professors. After all, we want to show that this movement has the potential to succeed, and what better way to do that than to point out instances in which true, non-partisan education is already taking place. We'll be happy to post these examples on our website. If you feel that it's best to keep the names of faculty anonymous, we'll certainly honor that request.

By this same token, please let us know about any successes your clubs have had. Are professors at your school taking notice of your chapter? Are any of them beginning to tone down their political commentary? Are you considering introducing a bill in your student government based on the Academic Bill of Rights? Don't hesitate to contact me if you need help getting things started or advice on how to proceed. You can reach me at Sara@studentsforacademicfreedom.org or at 202-969-2467. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,
Sara Russo
National Campus Director