New Hampshire Prof Under Fire for 9-11 Denial
Unfortunately, this case is unlikely to end up like Steven Jones' suspension.
Woodward, a tenured professor, belongs to Scholars for 9/11 Truth, whose members question the official story about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and contend that the U.S. government either had knowledge of the attacks or had a role in them.
Gov. John Lynch called Woodward's beliefs "completely crazy and offensive" and asked the trustees to investigate.
Andy Lietz, chairman of the university system trustees, said a "careful review" of Woodward found his teaching consistent with accepted standards, "even though he has expressed some ideas that many find objectionable." Some of Woodward's students have defended him.
Woodward has said he does not push his views on his students but has mentioned it in his classroom in the spirit of full disclosure.
Full disclosure? You mean like disclosing that he's a nutbar?
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Blue Crab Boulevard:
The only way his beliefs would be relevant is if he were using them as an example of how otherwise intelligent people can be stupid enough to fall into idiotic and dangerous beliefs. Abnormal psychology, then.
As for Professor Woodward, the impression I get is that he brings up this stuff in class, kind of like the history professor I once had who moped about the collapse of the Soviet Union. As I wrote earlier, if Woodward is making the students accept his twisted theories if they want to pass, he's clearly crossed the line. If he's allowing students to argue with him, it's probably within bounds.
That's pretty much my take as well. Kevin Barnett is a different matter; there he's teaching 9-11 Denial as part of the curriculum.
The idea that politicians, let alone students, should have any say as to which professors are hired and fired is nuttier than anything Woodward espouses. The professoriate has always operated as essentially a guild, with experts monitoring the conduct of other experts. That system has worked for centuries.
That's pretty close. I don't think students should not have any say; their input should certainly be considered, but it should not be dispositive.