Re: Any Thoughts

Ronald Kephart (rkephart@OSPREY.UNF.EDU)
Mon, 29 Jul 1996 11:51:51 -0400

In message <> josephine ryan writes:

> The real issue here is how to deal with colleagues in other disciplines who
> are putting out inaccurate/outdated/just plain stupid information to
> students.


> How do we handle this situation effectively, sharing new insights
> without completely destroying interpersonal and professional relationships?
> Helpful articles under the door? Indirect communication through students?
> If I myself have not misinterpreted the original post, I also would be
> interested useful ideas on how to handle these delicate situations. Joci

It's basically guerrilla warfare, because very often the misinformation
reinforces in one way or another the dominant ideological paradigm. I think the
most effective way is in our own classes. We also need to get ourselves on
panels discussing things such as "race", "intelligence", etc. I like to keep an
eye on the newspaper, especially the op-ed pages; I often use the idiocies
presented there as teaching tools in my classes, and I also write rebuttal
letters whenever which get printed now and then.

In dealing with colleagues, I guess it helps to get tenure first {:-)}. After
that, don't let 'em get away with anything.

However you do it, the most important thing is that you do it.

Ron Kephart
University of North Florida