By The Time I Get To Arizona

Just saw Michael Berube reference a news story about a proposed law in the state of Arizona that “would require public colleges to provide students with ‘alternative coursework’ if a student finds the assigned material ‘personally offensive,’ which is defined as something that ‘conflicts with the student’s beliefs or practices in sex, morality or religion.'”

One of the irritants in this situation is Rick Moody’s novel The Ice Storm, which ruffled the feathers of a student at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Mesa for its depictions of sex and infidelity. Literature professor Bill Mullaney team-taught a course called “Currents of American Life,” and used Moody’s novel as a backdrop for exploring the 1970s. Mullaney’s course syllabus includes a disclaimer that some of the course material contains “adult themes.”

Not good enough, apparently:

In the case of the student whose complaint apparently set off the bill, however, he ignored the warning and demanded an alternate book several weeks into the course, saying he hadn’t paid attention when Mullaney noted the material earlier. The student’s mother also called the college president (although the student is over 18).

I’m not sure what’s most troubling here:

A) [adult] students openly disregarding policies set out in a course syllabus
B) mothers of said [adult] students calling administrators
C) lawmakers trying to make political hay out of the false dilemma
D) all of the above

Survey says…?


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