Columbia University will offer a new course for upperclassmen and grad students next semester. An Occupy Wall Street class will send students into the field and will be taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, a veteran of the Occupy movement.
The course begins next semester and will be divided between class work at Columbia’s Morningside campus and fieldwork that will require students to become involved with the Occupy movement outside of the classroom. . . . .
Will the course be unbiased?
Appel is a staunch defender of the Occupy movement, in her blog she said that, “it is important to push back against the rhetoric of ‘disorganization’ or ‘a movement without a message’ coming from left, right and center.”Does that sound likely to you? Me, neither.
Appel told the New York Post that while her involvement with the movement will color the way she teaches it will not prevent her from being an objective teacher. [Emph. added]
The existence of a course like this is just another indication that the burst of the higher education bubble is long overdue.