In Letter to President of University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, FIRE Expresses Deep Concern over Political Litmus Test
November 25, 2009
FIRE sent a letter to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities President Robert H. Bruininks today, expressing deep concern over proposals generated by the College of Education and Human Development's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative task groups.
As Adam, who authored today's letter, detailed in full yesterday here on The Torch, the "Race, Culture, Class, and Gender Task Group" has proposed mandating certain beliefs and values—"dispositions"—for future teachers. Further, the College evidently plans to implement a screening procedure so that potential students with the "wrong" beliefs who seek admission will be excluded from participation. FIRE's letter asks that the university abandon the proposals and "demonstrate that it shares an understanding of the basic premises of a liberal education and truly embraces human diversity on its most profound and essential level."
Be sure to read FIRE's letter in full here.