Abstract / Synopsis
The following is an amends letter written by a recovering professor enrolled in a twelve-step program for mean professors. The letter is directed to current and past students who have been hurt by the insensitive behavior of the professor in response to the students' mathematical anxiety and other emotional defenses in their learning. As common in twelve-step programs, the purpose of an amends letter is for the recovering person to clearly identify their hurtful actions and the effects on their victims, and to take responsibility for them. By sharing this letter openly, the professor, identified by their twelve-step program name only, hopes to reach as many as possible of their students. They also hope that other professors will be encouraged to look at their own behavior in the classroom and make positive changes in their own behavior to provide a more psychologically safe classroom environment to their students.
Feryal Alayont, "An Amends Letter From a Recovering Mean Professor," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 12 Issue 1 (January 2022), pages 277-280. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.202201.22. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol12/iss1/22