Sunday, April 03, 2005

Teaching At A Military School/Academy

I read this fantastic essay, penned by a woman professor at the Virginia Military Institute. I recommend it to you. Here's a sample:

Ours is the honor of teaching young men and women who have vowed, like generations before them, to uphold and defend those liberties all Americans hold so dear but too often take for granted. Many of them may be asked to pay the ultimate sacrifice so that the Queer Theorist can continue to speculate over wine and cheese; so that the Post-Colonialist may never have to wear a uniform, unless it be of his own choosing; so that the Multiculturalist may continue to enjoy a cappuccino in Padua, some Bordeaux in Paris, or a mate in Patagonia; and to ensure that no one ever deny the Feminist her First Amendment right to label them “fascists".

Prior to that paragraph, she'd already introduced the reader to Queer Theorist, Post-Colonialist, Multiculturalist, and Feminist. This essay ties in well with my bilingual education essays, as part of a greater "what wrong with academia" thread.

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