By James I. Greene ‘60,
I have read the September 6, 2018, op-ed, published in The Washington Post, written by three Washington & Lee University history professors. As a result, I have some pointed questions, and since the professors claim to be open to discussion, let’s discuss.
My questions occur, first, because I am a proud graduate of W&L, and second, because I am a teacher of adult education at SMU.
I understand that the purpose of the op-ed was to explain that judgments can and should be made about historical events.
But the underlying question remains: Who’s to make those judgments--the professors or the students? The article implies it is the obligation of the professor to assess moral judgments about past events.
But is it?
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