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In my last opinion piece for AOL News ("Educators Can Help Prevent Future Giffords Tragedies," Jan. 10), I argued that, in the wake of the Tucson massacre, American educators need to familiarize themselves with the signs of psychosis and make a commitment to intervene when required.

Most readers seemed eager to interpret what I had written as marching orders coming from a member of the American left, politically speaking. This assumption clearly followed from the fact that I teach at an American university, and for at least the past three decades, conservative pundits have presented academics in this country as tenured radicals, hellbent on indoctrinating our kids.

Thus, any call for teachers to get more involved in the lives of their students is to be greeted with suspicion. What's next? Issuing our children Mao's little red book at the end of freshman orientation?

Read the rest of this op-ed at AOL News.


Thanks again to Gina Misiroglu of Red Room for putting me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.