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Editor, I was perusing the Coastal Courier Web site Thursday, June 12, when I found the letter to the editor entitled "Academics need Lesson in Civics". First, I would like to let people know that I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I consider myself an independent.
When I read the article, I was amazed at the personal attack that Mr. Howard wrote in response to the "professor-wanna-bes." I would like to let people know that the titles of assistant and associate professor are titles given to educators that are similar to ranks in the U.S. Army. Just because an officer is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, you wouldn't call the officer a wanna-be-officer just because he wasn't a General, correct? The same respect should be given to college educators that are of different rank. If one would look at the names and titles of the signers of the "Immigration Laws Violate Constitution" letter, one would realize that all of the signer are holders of terminal degrees in their respective fields of study.
Another point that I would like to make in response to Mr. Howard's letter is the fact that These "so-called educators" are indoctrinating our students, and that they are forced into their classrooms to receive a degree in order to become productive members of society. In response to this accusation, I would like to state that no one is forced into college, let alone a certain class in the college. Going to college is a privilege and a choice. The last time I checked, there were no students that were forced into college. Once a student is taking classes at any of the University System of Georgia's member institutions, they have a choice of majors and a choice of classes for their core. No one is forced into taking any certain class. To carry this argument about choice even further, I would like to state that there are several websites with forums and rankings for professors so that before any student did sign up for a class, they have the opportunity to find out how the professors give their lessons. Therefore, nobody is being forced into indoctrination at any university.
I would like to thank you for your time in reading this and no, I am not a professor trying to defend other professors. I am a student who actually understands the way universities work.

Justin Lybarger, Darien
Armstrong Atlantic State University student
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