[Asis-l] Troubles in Wisconsin
timothy.b.patrick at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 16:09:51 EDT 2015
As you have no doubt read, the University of Wisconsin System is under
very serious attack by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC),
the Bradley Foundation, and the Koch brothers. See below a link to an
article regarding a move to dispense with tenure, as well as a link to a
Chronicle article about a statement by the AAUP in support of the
Please see this link for a critical view of ALEC.
Wisconsin is the front line of a national and long running attempt to
privatize higher education, in part to control the content of the
educational and research processes.
Wisconsin is the front line target, I believe, because historically it was
the leader of the progressive movement.
The "Wisconsin Idea" which Mr. Walker has attempted to eradicate as a
guiding principle of the UW System, is a direct outgrowth of the
progressive movement led by Wisconsin.
Milwaukee is particularly despised in certain quarters due to its history
of socialism. Milwaukee is the object of systematic vilification and
deconstruction in much the same way East St. Louis was in the aftermath of
the great railroad strike of 1877.
If this battle over tenure and governance is won in Wisconsin by the forces
arrayed against the UW System, it will be extended to the rest of the
nation, most certainly if Mr. Walker is elected President.
We need to forge a kind of national alliance against ALEC, the Bradley
Foundation, and the Koch brothers for the sake of freedom of educational
expression and research focus. I suggest "National Education and Research
Alliance (NERA)" as a working title.
Please feel free to contact me at this gmail address-
timothy.b.patrick at gmail.com <timothy.b.patrick at gmail.com> - rather than my
uwm email. Using my uwm email for these matters would subject me to
censure and would be cause for dismissal. You may also reach me by my
personal mobile phone: 414 975 1998 <414%20975%201998>.
Please note that this email was not authored or distributed on UW System
time and that no UW System resources were used in the process.
Menomonee Falls WI
National Education and Research Alliance (NERA)
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