College Got What It Signed Up For

Marc Fisher – College Got What It Signed Up For – washingtonpost.com

This is a bit off topic from educational technology and media, but I think this editorial does a good job of summing up what happened to Gene Nichol.  I am very disappointed in my college right now.  But, I am very proud of Nichol and his unwillingness to let the Board of Visitors shunt him off the field without at least a little fight.  I can’t help wondering what’s going to happen now?  Will the cross go back onto the altar?  Thus reversing the small step that Nichol took towards reaching out to non-Christian students?  Will the sex show go away?  Thus, reversing the small step that Nichol took towards offering a wider view of the world than many WM students have had?  And, finally, what about his work towards diversifying the campus?  Surely, the Board of Visitors can’t have a problem with that, right?

My biggest regret in this whole thing is that I was silent, not offering Nichol the kind of support that might have made the Board think twice before making their decision.

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