Alumni response to January 2013’s “Paideiagate” has been articulate and emphatic, including the resignation of alumni board director Jessica Benjamin ’93, a challenge to a public debate from Bear Wilner-Nugent ’95 and an analysis and recommendation from Jim Kahan, a former RAND corporation analyst and prominent alumnus. Among other things, Kahan was the 2005 commencement speaker, is the founding chair of the Dorothy Johansen Society for the History of Reed College, has led “alumni college” at Reunions since 2010, is current chair of the Foster-Scholz club for older alumni and received the Jean Babson Society Award for service to the college in 2011.
In the executive summary to “Beyond Paideiagate: An Analysis-Based Recommendation for Going Forward” Kahan frames the issue and one possible solution.
Reed College President John R. Kroger abruptly in January 2013 cancelled two Paideia classes and demanded changes to two others. All four of these classes dealt in one way or another with alcohol or other drugs. Reactions to this action have ranged widely. Some fully support Kroger. Others have called for his resignation or firing. Yet others have called for a boycott of alumni financial support for Reed during Kroger’s tenure. And a small minority has disengaged from the Reed community.
This document presents an analysis of the events that have come to be called “Paideiagate.”
For those not familiar, president John Kroger unilaterally “censored” portions of this January’s Paideia program and only partially justified his actions before the student body. Download the full PDF of Kahan’s analysis and recommendation as Kahan201302PaideiagateAnalysisRecommendation.pdf