The Jury Talks Back

11/24/2008

WFB on Tolerance

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fritz @ 9:36 am

It is an old saw that professional tolerance-teachers, almost all of them, harbor foxes in their bosoms that eat anyone who disagrees. Show me the most adamantly liberal professor at any university, and I will show you the likeliest candidate for dean of illiberal arts and letters. The critics of Lyndon Johnson who specialize in Johnson’s inhumanity are beginning to display towards him what can only be described as attitudes such as are prerequisite to barbarism …. I do not like Mr. Johnson, but I do not believe him capable of any intentional cruelty in Vietnam. But the spirit of some of his critics is the spirit of the VC.
On the Right, April 2, 1968

h/t: KJL

In my own teaching I go to almost absurd lengths to assure my students that the information I present to them is as unbiased as I can possibily make it.  That’s not to say that I won’t that I won’t interject a “Well, I disagree, but some very smart people argue…” on occasion, but I take pains to set aside my editorial comments from the facts, theories, and arguments I present.

1 Comment

  1. That is pretty much the way I have discussed various subjects with my daughters over the years. They have learned to think for themselves and have developed fairly accurate BS detectors. They know what my opinions are, but understand the difference between fact and opinion. They are probably tired of hearing “of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion;just not to their own facts”

    Comment by Barsinister — 11/25/2008 @ 10:08 am

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