Dissent in the classroom – integrity on trial

Cecile DuBois has run into an ignorant teacher who is more interested in humiliating her for her views than in teaching English. You or your children may have had the same experience, so you might be encouraged by the support Cecile has received.

Cecile made the error of sharing her excellent, but non-politically-correct review of Mary Wollstonecraft’s famous Vindication on the Rights of Woman. Cecile’s views were based on accurate observation and correct judgment, which is an area quite foreign to her English teacher.

Unfortunately for this teacher, Cecile has a weblog and her situation has been publicized by many influential weblogs including Instapundit and Samizdata.  This is not a scenario I would want any child exposed to, and it is a relief to see how many others are as concerned as I am.

Fortunately, she possesses great courage and integrity. I predict we will be hearing more of her in the future. She has the makings of a great writer.

It will be interesting to see if instant exposure to scrutiny and comment will have an effect on such travesties of education in the future.

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