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I hope teachers stand behind their messages

Devora Liss
Friday September 27, 2002

To the Editor: 

I wonder why Snehal Shingavi and others are so paranoid (Daily Planet, Sept. 20) about their rhetoric being monitored. I would hope instructors at UC Berkeley base their class material on truth, avoiding personal slants. If so, why are they up in arms when someone wants to quote them? Should they not be willing to stand behind and support the messages they promote in the classroom? Apparently Snehal is afraid to be challenged, according to his English class’ guideline advising “conservative thinkers” to enroll in a different section. Snehal seems to be the only one silencing speech, not those who wish to reveal biases in university classrooms. 


Devora Liss