I'd like to quote or paraphrase something I read once on another site, which really drives home the point you're making:
Can you imagine a classroom where the professor didn't have any "special privileges"? Maybe a top-tier grad class could work that way, but imagine a classroom that anyone can attend. Imagine Scientology devotees and climate change debunkers show up and get into an argument in the back of the classroom, disrupting your entire lecture. They scribble out your notes on the whiteboard, and after you add your notes back three times you have to get one of the other students or a professor from another department to add them back for you. You can't kick anyone out -- the most you can hope for is to appeal to the student union, which sometimes takes years and years to make a ruling, and when it does make rulings they're generally half-assed and unenforceable. You try to convince the school board to make some rules, but things have gotten so out of hand that their lawyers tell them they're better off doing nothing than trying to fix the mess (according to the lawyers, it's worse to try and fail than to not try at all). It's ridiculous. But no, a school like that wouldn't be "anti-teacher".
Wikipedia Review post by "Anthony":
· 10 years ago