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  •  Beware, Indeed! (1+ / 0-)
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    Deep Harm

    Thank you for this diary, Jesselyn Radack!

    I completely agree with you that when you try to do what is the correct (just) thing, there are--too often--dire consequences.

    It seems that the professionalism of work demands ethical behavior, and, when that necessitates whistle blowing, the worker is placed in jeopardy.

    I've lost jobs for calling out criminal behavior three times in the last six years.  

    One Example:

    A Gulf University teacher said in a telephone interview from Kuwait: "I find that I am daily thinking, `Why am I here?’ I’m so frustrated with the students not working, missing too many classes. It takes two to learn." The teacher asked not to be identified for fear of losing his job.

    Former teacher Ronald Singleterry, who started teaching American literature and English at Gulf University last fall, said he was fired midsemester. "They never gave me any reason why," he said. He assumes he was let go because he objected to what he perceived as low academic standards, administrative censorship of his class materials and overall mismanagement.

    Singleterry returned home to St. Louis and is teaching this semester at St. Charles Community College, where he had taught before. He said he complained to Glassman in person about Gulf University, Glassman said the university has made "some unfortunate hires."

    Like Singleterry, the other teacher criticizing Gulf University is an American with experience teaching college in this country, who signed on at the university last fall. Both say they never saw anyone from UMSL at the university or any evidence of UMSL oversight, even though the words "in cooperation with the University of Missouri St. Louis" appear prominently on Gulf University’s building and literature.

    MY BOLD.

    I feel like throwing a pair of shoes.


    "The market is not self-correcting, it's self-serving."

    by Ronald Singleterry on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 03:24:05 PM PST

    •  That must have been hard (1+ / 0-)
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      Ronald Singleterry

      Most whistleblowers are only vaguely aware of what kind of reaction they will face if they blow the whistle on wrongdoing.  But, having experienced reprisal previously, it must have been very difficult and stressful for you to blow the whistle a second and third time.  Kudos to you.

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