Bullying students isn’t the Socratic method

A good piece in the WSJ about right-wing professors who claim that deliberately misgendering students is exposing them to challenging ideas.

Intentionally demeaning our students will not help untangle knotty concepts. For a professor to gender students as they see fit is about power, not ideas. True academic freedom does not mandate, much less permit, the disrespect of students.

…A professor who deliberately misgenders a student humiliates them, and we cannot pretend otherwise. Such disdain for a classmate’s self-esteem intimidates everyone, including cisgender students. This is hazing, not teaching.