Front Page
     
  Current Issue
     
  Back Issues
 
  Searchable
CrossTalk
Index
 
  Download
 
  Subscribe
 
  About National CrossTalk

News Editorial Other Voices Interview

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Injustice at Bennington

Editor-A Bennington student, quoted in your article, "On Its Own Terms" (National CrossTalk, Summer 2002), says: "I think it's better to lose good teachers than to only have mediocre teachers." To anyone with an ear, that shouldn't make much sense. Why would you sacrifice quality to avoid mediocrity? Yet her confusion seems apt. Bennington fired brilliant, inspiring teachers-the best I ever had, after a year at the college before and after its restructuring, plus two more years at Vassar College-and put in their place some okay ones.

If the school has improved by now, so be it. Ends do not justify means. Elizabeth Coleman, with no respect for academic freedom or due process, fired nearly one-third of Bennington's faculty in 1994 as part of her plan. Were they a threat to the College? Or were they a threat to Ms. Coleman? Your author, Kathy Witkowsky, should have asked those questions.

President Coleman devastated the lives of so many excellent teachers who had devoted so much to Bennington College. It was an injustice. And any article that fails to address that injustice has contributed to it in some small way.

    Douglas Faneuil
    Brooklyn, New York
E-Mail this link to a friend.
Enter your friend's e-mail address:

PREVIOUS STORY | FRONT PAGE | NEXT STORY

Top

National Center logo
© 2003 The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

HOME | about us | center news | reports & papers | national crosstalk | search | links | contact

site managed by NETView Communications