Mehta’s blog post in which he exposed Higgins’ irresponsible and absurd claims has yielded a singularly incoherent babbling response. Is there any doubt that The Illinois Family In Italics Institute should be deeply embarrassed?

Here‘s the “open letter.” Ick.

Comments

  1. #1 Rich Wilson
    August 22, 2009

    “many teens are unduly influenced by emotion or the cult of personality and are therefore predisposed to look favorably on the ideas of teachers whom they find cool or charismatic or funny or kind or iconoclastic.”

    Ya, I’m going to make sure all my son’s teachers are boring drones. http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0104807/ Wouldn’t want him to enjoy school or anything.

  2. #2 Cafeeine
    August 22, 2009

    Rich, you misunderstood the “good” mizz Higgins. She probably has no problem with charismatic teachers that create cults of personality, as long as the ideas they peddle coincide with her own.

  3. #3 Abstruse
    August 22, 2009

    Isn’t the phrase “pearl-clutching” tailor made for this woman? “Think of the children!” Bob-forbid they be exposed to multi-faceted worldviews, that could lead to a well rounded and intellectually articulate individual.

  4. #5 Edward Willneff
    January 5, 2012

    Higgins response was neither “incoherent” or “babbling.” She was straight forward and made sense.

    I don’t know Mehta but I’ve seen a lot of guys like him who like to “teach” and hang out around impressionable young teens to impress them with how cool and knowledgeable a teacher can be.. Pretty pathetic for a grown man but then our public education system is pretty pathetic, too.

    The more I think about it, the more I like Higgins.

  5. #6 Greg Laden
    January 5, 2012

    Edward, did you just accuse my colleague, whom you admit you don’t know, of illegal and despicable behavior?

    Explain yourself Now. Your comment has 24 hours before I delete it unless you produce proof of your claim. (if I remember to come back to this, that is)

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