More on the Unfair Persecution of Elizabeth Snyder

Please note that even Inside Higher Ed gives the following title to the story about Elizabeth’s Snyder’s unfair persecution: “Instructor of Stuttering Student Defends Conduct.”

In spite of Elizabeth Snyder’s explanations, the resource that is supposed to give a voice to educators still upholds the original accusation that the student unfairly leveled at her. He is still identified as a “stuttering student”, which shows that the authors of the article believe the student’s assertion that his stutter got him discriminated against rather than the teacher’s explanation that he was not called on for completely different reasons.

It is also quite interesting that an award-winning educator with decades of teaching experience has been reduced in this title to being “instructor of stuttering student.” As if her entire identity should be reduced to the misfortune of having this rude kid in her classroom.

Now let’s look at the second part of the article’s title. Elizabeth Snyder “defends conduct.” I find the word “conduct” to be offensive in this context. The instructor is not a wayward child who misbehaved. There is no “conduct” that needs defending in this situation. She made a professional decision that is now questioned by a bunch of teacher-hating ignoramuses. Sadly, Inside Higher Ed apparently supports this teacher-bashing.

Today in class, I had to shut down a discussion because we were running out of time and there was a lot of new material to cover. I usually encourage discussion as much as possible but it is simply not feasible to allow students to speak as much as they would sometimes like to do. I can only imagine what would happen if people tried to analyze this decision of mine vindictively.

How can one be expected to work at all if everything you do gets examined by people who were not even in your classroom and who are predisposed to see a teacher as an enemy of humanity irrespective of what s/he does?

3 thoughts on “More on the Unfair Persecution of Elizabeth Snyder

  1. I suppose similar stories happen regularly. Don’t they become known in press and thus to you, or have you chosen one of them since it made bigger than usual impression?

    She said she hadn’t asked *any* other students that lesson, but that boy said she had asked others. May be it would be better for her to say “I asked very few students due to lack of time and had to move fast”, since otherwise it sounds as if her version vs his in the article. I fully understand why she didn’t want to let him monopolize discussion, but in such cases one has to be very careful in what to say.


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