Bolsheviks in Our Classrooms!
Two activist UT professors branded 'dangerous' in Horowitz book
Robert Jensen and Dana Cloud both operate within the same square block along Dean Keeton, in the College of Communication, and they are concerned with the consequences Horowitz's publication might have.
Jensen's apprehensions aren't for the academics on Horowitz's list but for the grad students and untenured professors with similar ideology. He believes that if they "pursue certain lines of thought, there is potential punishment" waiting from like-minded demagogues.
On the other hand, Cloud worries about implications for her professional and personal conduct. "There's this tendency to be apologetic," she asserts, "Like, 'Of course we don't indoctrinate students, of course we are responsible teachers, of course we are for free inquiry.' And, of course, we are. But I think that gives in to the argument that to be political as teachers and as scholars is to not be for those things." Cloud believes she adequately separates her political and professorial lives, but that, should she challenge a student's firmly held world views, this is a type of danger a student could only benefit from experiencing. "We need to assert our right to free pedagogy in the classroom."
As for being labeled dangerous? Cloud doesn't believe the brand is appropriate. "How dangerous could I be?" she asks. "I drive a Mazda."