You Decide

1st email: a request by members of SQE to present on an issue that directly affects SFSU students.
2nd email: a warning from admin not to allow SQE’s presentation.
So what do you think? Should we invite SQE into our classroom?
Dear Professors:
We would like to ask for 5-10 minutes of your class time for us to inform our peers about the Governor’s proposal to place unit caps on the amount of classes students can take.
If passed, this would unfairly force students to pay “the full cost of instruction” if they exceed certain unit cap limits.  This could affect many students, including transfer students, double majors, high-unit majors, and any student who had to take other courses because they were unable to get the classes they needed for their major.
If you’re interested, please fill out the form below, and e-mail it back tosfsu.sqe@gmail.com as soon as possible.  We will then follow-up with you about scheduling a date for the presentation.
Thank you for your support.
Jocelyn Polanco
Joseph Enriquez
Megan Emme
Students for Quality Education
Supported by California Faculty Association
Dear Faculty,
 
It has come to our attention that some faculty may have received requests to schedule class time for a presentation or discussion about a current political issue regarding caps on number of course units.
 
This is a reminder that CSU resources and class time are to be used for instructional purposes only. If you receive such a request you may inform the requestor that political activity during instructional time is not permissible and that class time may not be used for political campaigning.
 
Regards,
 
Sacha Bunge
Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
 
Lori Gentles
Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management

8 thoughts on “You Decide

  1. Ana Doria-Quesada

    What is SQE? I can’t stand acronyms. They alienate a lot of people. Still, on the issue of caps on units, I would like to have a discussion on it. Class time is not a bad time for it. Where else are we going to have that discussion? I don’t want to see caps on units. As a Art Education major, I feel limited in the kind and number of classes I am “allowed” to take. If I am going to be a good Art Teacher, I should have as much experience in as many forms of art as possible. So, to be limited in the art classes I take is, in my opinion, contrary to the major . Regarding other majors, I believe that the more students expand their minds the better citizens they will become and the better they will be prepared to act in the real world. And to expand your mind you need to take diverse courses.

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  2. J.M.

    “If you receive such a request you may inform the requestor that political activity during instructional time is not permissible and that class time may not be used for political campaigning.”

    With all due respect to the Dean and Associate Vice President, to suggest that the class room cannot host political activity is, of course, a political statement. We should acknowledge that the class room is always political. Once we acknowledge that, there’s no credible reason why students should be prohibited from leaning about issues that directly concern them, such as this one.

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  3. Kevin Braverman

    I’m not enrolled this semester but still check the site now and again. This is the newest in a million and one ways that the business of education has let me down. Students deserve that information and the business model has structurally removed the availability of that information to reach them in any significant form. If I was in the class, I would sacrifice whatever time you found reasonable to discuss this issue up to and including an entire meeting.

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  4. MaryAnn Tucciarone

    I don’t care for political statements when it comes to wanting to exercise the rights of free speech. Please invite them to class.

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  5. Natalie Pinkerton

    Fascinating that it’s also signed by “Lori Gentles,
    Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management”. Clearly the “risk” of allowing information into the classroom that is divergent from their own political agenda must be “managed”. Show’s how successful they actually believe their system is if they think their students can’t help but blindly absorb some group’s “political campaigning”; so much for all those “Critical Thinking” courses….
    I say, let us be the judge. Which is more manipulative? Supporting a cap on units without transparency to those who you are “representing” (the students), while trying to inhibit their ease of access to varied points of view? Or, respectfully inviting a professor and his/her class to hear one side of the story?
    Personally, I would love to hear what SQE has to say!

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