I don't think anyone was arguing that the entire university should be disbanded. Even the academic boycott was about professors refusing to provide letters of recommendation for graduate student applicants, not high school teachers refusing to support undergrad applicants. The stories probably hurt more with locals (since local news covered it regularly) but it's not clear to me this was a big national story outside academic circles. That being said, once the story was on our radar, it was rather astounding to follow, and when my kid decided not to apply, I didn't try to change her mind.
And not having decent grad students coming through the pipeline somehow helps the professors actually doing ground breaking research how?
And if that ground breaking research is exactly what the intelligent future grad student wants to be doing, how does it help them if a prof won't write a LOR?
This is hardly like a case of an idiot working at McDonald's, so suggesting folks (including workers) leave it to go to the one down the street. These are professors who had absolutely nothing to do with the event whatsoever now being punished simply due to some sort of idiotic boycott.
One honestly would expect educators - esp those who know what a top Research U is - years of one's life put into research that generally can help all of us when they get positive results - to know better. I'd expect something like this to come from those who think college is worthless and evil.
But I guess is someone is that dumb, it's good for others to get the chance to be there instead - except, of course, that doesn't help the future grad student if their idiotic prof (who I REALLY hope karma comes to) won't write the LOR.
From what I hear (via my son), the story didn't affect much with the local population and the school. Folks there seem to be able to separate the good from the evil. Same with what I saw among students and parents talking on CC. It's only on this thread that I've heard it brought up elsewhere - and somehow supported.
That last part seriously has me considering whether I actually belong on this board any longer or not. It can be downright frustrating to hear that others who one thought had reason and could see/differentiate facts... well, I'd best not continue that sentence. I'm actually still contemplating if it is my time to leave, esp since my homeschooling years ended in 2012 and I'm moving into another phase of my life (esp after my mom passes away).
Regardless, It's definitely showed me an example of the lack of tolerance as mentioned by the author of Educated and I'm NOT meaning tolerance of the prof who was an idiot - I refuse to use his name. I'm meaning tolerance of those who were in the same zip code he's in! It's worse than the Pres throwing other profs under the bus. This is wanting to throw everyone under the bus, but oh, one feels "sorry" for them! It's so sad if their lifelong work is affected, but do it anyway! We didn't hear what we wanted to hear (true or not).
"Tara says there is less tolerance of different opinions within middle-class, liberal academic circles than there ever was among the strict fundamentalists of her childhood."