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Institute Does Not Value Good Teachers

InstituteDoes Not Value Good Teachers

Last week my Chinese instructor invited everyone in the class (it was a small class) to go to her house this weekend for a homemade dinner.

Everybody was really looking forward to it. So imagine our disappointment when our instructor told us she has to spend this weekend sending out letters and resumes because she just learned that she will be let go after this term.

We are disappointed not because of the missed dinner but because our favorite instructor has been forced to leave by the inscrutable MIT administration. To students in Professor Yuehua Liu's class (I give all college instructors the honorary title of "professor" no matter what official title they may have), she is much more than a teacher of the highest caliber - she is our link to the world of Chinese culture and history. She has always treated us with respect, compassion, and above all, humanity. Some students enjoy her class so much that they take both of her classes as listeners.

MIT has done a lot of things that I did not like over the years. But this time MIT has really done it. All that crap about how MIT is here to provide the best education for its students that President Charles M. Vest preaches whenever the time comes for a tuition hike. Well, MIT can take its pack of lies and stuff it. That's right, stuff it.

Some students in the class are writing a petition and trying to get whoever is in charge to change the decision. But I know the effort is futile. When was the last time MIT cared about the feelings of its students? It makes me laugh to see MIT giving out awards for excellence in teaching but at the same time ridding the Institute of its best teachers.

I've had people approaching me for senior class gift donations. "Don't you want to give back to the institution after what it has done for you?" is the most common line. Well, I'm going to put the money in the paper shredder before I give one cent back to this place.

MingHui Kuang '97