And Here I Thought That Louie Gohmert Was the Most Ridiculous Congressman from Texas


As we confront the challenges to public education that focus only on its failings, it is extremely important that we recognize who is leveling the criticisms and why. In many instances, the fact that public education has become a target reveals more about the political ideologies and the personal obsessions of those attacking it than the actual, complex issues that we face. At the very least, we need to be willing to point out the ways in which such politicians have undermined their own public credibility and, by extension, the credibility of the political positions that they support.

Allen West and Joe Walsh have been defeated in their re-election bids, and Michelle Bachmann has announced her retirement. But the Far Right seems to have no lack of very strange characters who are all too willing to fill any openings in the public air space with some of the most outrageous…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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