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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Tradition of Respect

Yes, the tradition of respect. Something absent from progressive movements and institutions.

I recall thinking as a grad student how my alma mater, administratively, would never surmount its dysfunctionality until it replaced its leadership with people who understood that. They indeed pretend that their righteousness justifies any action they take.

Unfortunately, this includes treating the faculty and student body as commodities for the school's self-glorification, while the president and trustees deliberately undermine any attempts at student or alumni involvement in the school's affairs. At times this takes the form of displays of outright contempt for their worth or contributions, as well as neglect of their needs, including basic courtesy and consideration. In short, no respect.


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