Joan Wallach Scott quotes

  • Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Change #Conflict #Moments

  • Freedom of speech is about expressing your opinion, however bad or good, however right or wrong, and being able to defend it and argue it and be argued with about it in public forums. But that's not what academic freedom is about. That's not what the classroom is about.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Freedom Of Speech #Arguing #Opinion

  • All of my work in some way or another speaks to political issues according to the upbringing that I had, which was deeply rooted in principles.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Political #Speak #Upbringing

  • We've increasingly lost that sense of community, of the notion that there is something we contribute to and benefit from that is called the common good.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Community #Common #Common Good

  • If the students don't want to learn about evolution, they shouldn't be in the course. A biology course that teaches creationism is not a science course, it's a religion course. So the students demanding that creationism be given credence in that course are out of line and are denying the academic freedom of the professor. They are calling into question the scientific basis of the material that's being presented. And students are not in a position to do that.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Students #Evolution #Biology

  • The reason you go to university is to be taught, is to learn how to think more clearly, to call into question the ideas that you came with and think about whether or not they are the ideas you will always want to hold. A university education at its best is a time of confusion and questioning, a time to learn how to think clearly about the values and principles that guide one's life. Of course, it's also a time to acquire the skills needed for jobs in the "real world," but the part about becoming an adult with ideals and integrity is also important.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Real #Integrity #Thinking

  • I think there is a disrespect for the mind that Trump, for example, exemplifies. His is a kind of strategic thinking that's more about shrewdness than about intellect. His attack on "elites" is meant to rally his base to rebel against the powers that be - in Washington especially. I don't think he cares much about higher education per se; he just wants to demonstrate that learning isn't necessary for business or government. He wants to elevate mediocrity to a heroic virtue.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Thinking #Disrespect #Mind

  • I think what is being pointed out by African-Americans is that from slavery forward they have been living in a supposed democracy which treats them as less than other citizens, less than whites in the society. And I think that pointing out that there are structures of discrimination in the society, deeply rooted racist structures, that segregate housing, that send black children to ill-equipped schools, that discriminate in the workplace - these are truths about our society that must be faced.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Children #School #Thinking

  • I think the anger that is being directed to universities and so-called elites at universities is actually an anger that's displaced from politicians (who promise to make things better and never do), from employers, it's an anger at the economic system that has put so many of these people out of the kind of work that once was so satisfying to them.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Thinking #People #Promise

  • Richard Hofstadter, in his famous book which was written in the time of the McCarthy period in the 1950 and 1960s, Anti-intellectualism in American Life, talks about the deep hatred that some Americans had for what they consider to be elitist intellectual activity. I think that's what's happening now.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Book #Thinking #Hatred

  • The internet has made possible a frightening practice of threats and intimidation - threats of unspeakable violence and death.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Violence #Internet #Intimidation

  • I don't think colleges are safe spaces. It's one thing to have a fraternity house or a community center where students can go and talk about their shared experiences. But it's another thing to have safe spaces in the sense that the university's providing them with protection from what they have to experience and find ways of protesting and resisting.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #College #Thinking #House

  • Free speech is what we all have and is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Academic freedom refers to what happens in the university, particularly in the classroom, and to the importance of the teacher having the right to teach and share what he or she has learned, has proven her competence to teach, having gone through a series of tests and certifications including research and writing to demonstrate her abilities and knowledge.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Teacher #Writing #Constitution

  • What I mean by the common good is that we understand we're all part of something bigger than ourselves, that we live in societies together and must help take care of one another because you never know when you're going to need to be taken care of by others. And it's not enough to say that your family or your church is going to take care of you. Societies are collective entities, we're meant to be connected to one another; the function of government is to administer that connection.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

  • The Trump election brought it the fore and made it possible for a number of different groups whose aim is to stop the teaching of critical thinking to to launch direct attacks.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Teaching #Thinking #Different

  • There are students whose religious upbringing is going to make them feel uncomfortable in a class where certain kinds of secular ideas are presented. There are students whose ideas about history or sexuality are going to be similarly challenged to question, to affirm or to change those ideas. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be exposed to them; that's why they're at school. That's why they come to university: to be taught how to think well and critically about material that they're being presented with. But it's the teacher who is certified to teach them how to do that.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Teacher #Religious #School

  • The common good is the notion of shared collective responsibility and reciprocity. It's that that we've lost.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Responsibility #Common #Reciprocity

  • There's actually a wonderful quote from Stanley Fish, who is sometimes very polemical and with whom I don't always agree. He writes, "Freedom of speech is not an academic value. Accuracy of speech is an academic value; completeness of speech is an academic value; relevance of speech is an academic value. Each of these is directly related to the goal of academic inquiry: getting a matter of fact right."
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Writing #Goal #Freedom Of Speech

  • The thing about education - and why I'm so passionate about the position and status of the university - is that it's supposed to teach citizens how to think better, how to think critically, how to tell truth from falsehood, how to make a judgment about when they're being lied to and duped and when they're not, how to evaluate scientific teaching. Losing that training of citizens is an extremely dangerous road to go down.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott

    #Teaching #Thinking #Training

  • The university is the place where the pursuit of truth is taught, the rules for learning how to pursue it are explained, and students begin to understand how to evaluate the seriousness of truth. Those are incredibly important lessons, and only the teachers' academic freedom can protect them because there will always be people who disagree with or disapprove of the ideas they are trying to convey.
    -- Joan Wallach Scott