(Against) The Syllabus as Instrument of Abuse

Matthew Cheney


Argues against cruel practices reflected in syllabi


College courses, higher education curriculum

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@AmandaISeligman. “I Stopped Making My Syllabi about Policing Behavior after Reading an Article about

a Mother Who Obeyed Her Professor’s Decree to Turn off Her Cell Phone in Class and Missed the Call from the Daycare Saying Her Child Had Suffered an Allergic Reaction and Was Taken to the Hospital.” Twitter, 11 Feb. 2019. twitter.com, https://twitter.com/amandaiseligman/status/1094982249487962113.

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UP, 2018.

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University. Johns Hopkins UP,

Flaherty, Colleen. “Professor Brings New Meaning to ‘No Excuses.’” Inside Higher Ed, 11 Feb. 2019.

www.insidehighered.com, https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/02/11/professor-brings-new-meaning-%E2%80%98no-excuses%E2%80%99.

@Jessifer. “I Wish It Went without Saying That Syllabi Should Not Be Instruments of Abuse. Good on

@HowardU for Investigating and Distancing Themselves from This. The Saddest Bit Is That It’s the First Time I’ve Heard of an Institution Publicly Calling out (or in) This Kind of Behavior.” Twitter, 11 Feb. 2019. twitter.com, https://twitter.com/jessifer/status/1094979341547700225.


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