I’m trying to think of sensible, fair-minded things to say about this story (via Margaret Soltan) about a Dartmouth instructor who plans to sue her students for making discriminatory remarks about her pedagogy, but I’m coming up empty. (Here’s the latest news on the story from TheDartmouth.com.)
It’s true that students subconsciously react to the social identity of professors in different ways, sometimes in ways that are frustrating or unfair to the professor. That being said, I can’t think of any way to view this particular case with even the slightest sympathy, especially given the particulars of the emails the instructor sent and the substance of her complaints. This is really someone who needs to look for a different line of work.