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Professor Sharon Sweet

"Professor" Sharon Sweet of Brevard Community College, Cocoa, Fl USA has been put on leave for: "She required her students to sign a pledge promising to vote for President Barack Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket. "

After reading the article I have concerns:

1. "Professor" Sweets' professional background. I searched her credentials ... she has a 2 year degree in math and art from Bard College and a 2 year degree in advertising design also from Bard. There is no evidence that I can find that she even has a BA in anything. The school Brevard Community College does list her as "Professor".

2. The obvious question of professional conduct when "requiring" students to sign the pledge is this also a threat of academic grading if you do not sign.

3. violation of a Florida law, which prohibits an employee of the state from using his or her authority for the purpose of influencing another person’s vote.

4. Since the election was in November 2012 and this took place prior to the election and was reported ... why is this just making backdoor news and not reported by main stream news?

To be honest I was not shocked at the classroom support as I am about her being declared a "Professor" by the school. One site posts her ratings and she never exceeded a 3 in the ratings. We have problems in education and schools like this contribute to the problem.

If you google Sharon Sweet you will find many articles.

The debate should center on if any violations occured ... and her title Professor.

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    Feb 21 2013: 1) The school can call her whatever they wish except "Doctor". That takes a PhD.
    2) Was her requirement that refusal to pledge would get you dropped?
    3) Florida politics is not easy to predict. Good luck getting resolution on this one.
    4) By association it sheds an unflattering light on the administration. There are very few (read "no") stories in the NY Times, Washington Post, or Huffington Post, etc. that do that. It's an editorial policy issue.

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