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Woke professor says he’ll excuse students from a quiz if they’re lovesick

It’s not ‘humane’ to even ask students why they can’t come to class

Angus Johnston is an historian of student activism at the City University of New York and favorite source for mainstream journalists covering protests in higher education.

He has formally argued that there’s plenty of tolerance and intellectual diversity on campuses. He celebrates student activism against culturally appropriation in the cafeteria. He has denied that a student government imposed a massive budget chop against a student newspaper because it published an op-ed critical of Black Lives Matter.

He defends violence against people wearing offensive accessories.

But he’s a real sweetheart if you want to get out of an exam guilt-free.

The prolific tweeter shared his classroom management tips in a Sunday thread, which sound a lot like no-fault divorce.

Rather than have students “lie to me about grandparents dying,” he grants everyone “a set number of automated excused absences from classes and quizzes,” and even gives them some ideas for when to skip class.

Such as: You’re lovesick.

You’re not “humane” if you even ask students why they want to miss class: “It’s none of your business … Don’t force them to tell you.”

Johnston’s Twitter audience overwhelmingly praised him for his progressive policy, but some pressed him.

Johnston teaches in a CUNY community college, and one user questioned whether his particular students will benefit from being given carte blanche to miss class. The co-author of a book on “redesigning” community colleges has said their potential is harmed when students aren’t given structure:

There are lots of important decisions that need to be made and students are pretty much on their own. That’s why we call this the cafeteria college: There’s a lot of stuff there, but students end up with a lot of wheel-spinning. These are often students who don’t have parents or siblings who have gone to college, so you have a recipe for confusion, and people often get discouraged and fall away.

The executive editor of the Washington Free Beacon, meanwhile, said Johnston’s practice made him agree “about the need to destroy colleges.”

If you can’t get enough Johnston, read his 2015 tweet thread that compares whining about cafeteria food to “grassroots-organizing.”

Follow Johnston on Twitter.

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