Professor Gets Emailed Allan Wall Article, Goes Wild
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Via Erin O'Connor, who says this is Not an April Fool's joke and the American Council Of Trustees And Alumni, who say No bias here this miserable email from University of Wisconsin—Lacrosse Professor John H. Betton, whose class had been studying immigration, and "reading only pro-immigration (liberal) readings. "

Here's what he said when a student sent him links to an Allan Wall article, (on, which is harmless enough) and an article from, which said "Immigration is a good thing. Illegal is a bad thing. Is this a difficult concept?"

Here's Professor Betton's email response:

From: Betton John H Sent: Wed 11/1/2006 5:51 PM To: [Student] Subject: Re: takes from the 'other side' to consider on illegal immigration

I get really tired of right wing stuff. Surely you get enough of it. Do you ask for additional readings in your right wing classes. Obviously not. I resent your insulting assumption that you have the right to teach my class or that students are not familiar with right wing racist crap on immigration. Of course they are. My course is not being taught to reinforce right wing ideology. Don't you get enough of this in other classes, or do you need EVERY class to be consistent with extremist views.[The original email is posted at]

I assume Professor Betton's belief that the other courses the student is taking are "right-wing" is because he's teaching at the business school—and his belief that normal attitudes to immigration are "extremist" are caused by his association with other academics. These "extremist" views are those of 70 percent of Americans.

Here's what the professor [send him mail] was teaching (it was a required course)

Course: MGT 408: Change and Changing Contexts of Management Course Catalog Description: A comprehensive exploration of organizational behavior in its complexity, noting the impact of contemporary contextual variables and delving into systems theory and the concept of the learning community. The underlying theme of this course rests on the realization that internal and external change has become the unique constant of organizational life. The course adopts a modular integrative format introducing students to various contextual environments including Management in a Diverse World, Management in a Globally Linked World, and Management in a Technological World.

If you have kids in business school, that, with a little verbal abuse, is what you are paying for them to study.

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