Prof Adam McLeod of the Jones School of Law, Montgomery, Alabama, has learned that to teach his first-year students legal reasoning hilarious , they need to be disabused of the nasty habits and conditioned reflexes of unreasoning they were taught as undergraduates. So here are his ukases for his Foundations of Law course:
So, here are three ground rules for the rest of the semester.
1. The only “ism” I ever want to come out your mouth is a syllogism. If I catch you using an “ism” or its analogous “ist” — racist, classist, etc. — then you will not be permitted to continue speaking until you have first identified which “ism” you are guilty of at that very moment. You are not allowed to fault others for being biased or privileged until you have first identified and examined your own biases and privileges.
2. If I catch you this semester using the words “fair,” “diversity,” or “equality,” or a variation on those terms, and you do not stop immediately to explain what you mean, you will lose your privilege to express any further opinions in class until you first demonstrate that you understand three things about the view that you are criticizing.
3. If you ever begin a statement with the words “I feel,” before continuing you must cluck like a chicken or make some other suitable animal sound.
So far, he says, only two students have been obliged to utter clucking sounds – much to the amusement of the class, I suspect.
You can read his whole account, Undoing the Dis-Education of Millenials here.
Troglo (L. H. Kevil)