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The key variable is whether he or she is outspoken or closeted about these views. I've had the misfortune to have a teacher who'd put most neoreactionaries to shame, in beliefs as well as in the associated vices and character flaws. He seemed to come to work just to check out 15-year-olds. We spent our classes getting lectured on far-right politics instead of learning, taking turns getting disparaged by him, goaded into buying the more expensive version of textbooks from him. Girls were graded by the amount of cleavage. I've fought for years to get that man out of education... to no avail, because the parents (yes, the parents of the girls getting sexually harassed) were on his side, as well as the higher-ups in the school system.

Yes, mine is a strange and different country.

The thing is, he was just a singularly horrid creature, morally speaking. He knew his stuff alright, he could have been a good teacher if he at least tried to maintain a facade of professionalism. If he could STFU about his views, not treat everybody with contempt, and bother to teach and generally follow his job description and the law. But I knew the fellow to be too much of a scoundrel for me to aim for that in negotiation.

Not everybody is this rotten to the core, even among those who hold highly objectionable views. Some otherwise professionally valuable people can be negotiated with. We pay you, you remain ideologically neutral when acting in your capacity as an X. A sort of a Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy with extremist beliefs. In the end it's behaviour that's objectionable, not thoughts.

There's something telling me that people who want to fire men like Tim Hunt have never fought battles as hard as this one, otherwise they might have had a better-calibrated sense of outrage.






Perhaps the best way to solve this type of problem is by privatizing education system and giving students vouchers. The government won’t restrict educators’ freedom of speech, but students/parents won’t have to tolerate any such teachers in their school.
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melian
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Interesting. I think the key variable is the person's actions: does this person in practice discriminate or harm students in any other ways. Unfortunately, these things are subtle, and are often hard to prove or figure out. But when the person in question is stupid enough to voice such beliefs aloud, this is an opportunity to catch such people. I would still prefer to just see this treated as a just red flag, and have the person's professional conduct thoroughly investigated before reaching the decision. But I don't understand why we should just ignore clear signs that a person may be unsuitable for his or her job.

At the same time, I am a strong supporter of free speech, and I really don't want to be in a situation where people are afraid to speak their mind. So it is hard for me to make up my mind on this one. But between just ignoring this, and doing the "mob justice", there is a lot of room to other more reasonable ways to take care of such incidents.
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