This from Jeff Schneider on March 10:
Hello Professor Cloud,
I just finished reading your article in Socialist Worker on Horowitz and “academic freedom”. I don’t have time to explain every detail, but I would simply like to encourage you and your colleagues to fight this nonsense with everything you have.
I recently finished graduate school at little ole Rhode Island College School of Social Work. A paid minion of Horowitz and a group called FIRE infiltrated our school and tape recorded classes dealing with highly confidential material and proceeded to post it all on the web, sue my professor, sue the school and make himself a hero in the eyes of many right wing groups for doing so. It was a real distraction and as a socialist I felt obligated to take the time to refute every ignorant claim he had about the welfare state and bias in the curriculum. This was a long and arduous task.
The school remained neutral, a major mistake, legislation was proposed in our state over these events. Oddly enough this Orwellian “Academic Freedom” goes a long way with people, their tactics are effective (namely because Horowitz learned it all from the Left) and it is troublesome.
This issue should not be passed over. It needs to be confronted directly. The main reason I say this is because by the time average students are educated as to the complexity of this nonsense it is too late. This infiltrator took straight D grades, didn’t care a hoot about social work, and basically left. He was a mole 100%, no kidding…
you can still view many websites for all the gritty details. Hopefully this will be enough of an example for all the folks who want to ignore this to realize action must be taken.
http://www.thefire.org/index.php/case/669.html (note the reprinting online of confidential letters)
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=17862 (Horowitz himself backing this mole)
thank you and best wishes,
Jeffrey Schneider, LCSW – Providence, RI