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Fighting Imperviousness With Vulnerability

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    Teaching in a Climate of Conservatism
    Teaching Philosophy
    Jeanine Weekes Schroer
    June, 2007

    This essay explores challenges that arise for professors who teach critical theory in our current climate of conservatism. Specifically, it is argued that the conservative commitments to non-revolutionary change and reverence for tradition are corrupted in our current political and intellectual climate. This corruption, called “ideological imperviousness,” undermines the institutional structures put in place to produce a functional educational environment that protects the interests of both professors and students.

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