Metro State Prof Investigated For Palin Assignment
By: Shaun Boyd
CBS4Denver.com | Friday, September 19, 2008
DENVER (CBS4) ? Metro
State College is investigating a professor who asked students to write
an essay critical of Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah
Palin. One student said the instructor singled out Republican students
in the class and allowed others to ridicule them.
was shocked, I was holy cow, this is just an open door for him to
discuss politics with us," said Jana Barber, a student in the class.
shared the first class assignment with CBS4. Instructor Andrew Hallam
asked students to write an essay to contradict what he called the
'fairy tale image of Palin' presented at the Republican National
"What the faculty's responsibility is to provide
opportunity for critical thinking and civic engagement so bringing
something of relevancy into the classroom was the faculty's goal," said
Cathy Lucas, spokeswoman for Metro State. "Should he have broadened it
and included all the political figures, yes."
Metro State officials are investigating claims of bias, harassment and bullying.
Hallam declined an interview with CBS4. He has revised the assignment.
Students may now write about any of the candidates.
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