Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

February 27, 2009

They fired the wrong guy

Filed under: bard college — louisproyect @ 8:05 pm

Comments on Rate My Professor about Bruce Chilton, the mouth-breathing chaplain and Zionist warhawk who served on Joel Kovel’s evaluation committee:

–Terrible class. He gives no syllabus and when i asked him for one by email, he ignored me. He loves the sound of his voice and will talk for hours without stopping. When his views are threatened, he gets super defensive. He is arrogant, does not teach and bases your grade on only one or two assignments. AVOID.

–Worst class I’ve taken at Bard. Chilton did not care at all about the students, and “taught” by having us attend his lecture series, where he repeated to a group of seniors the same things he’d already said to us. Not courteous when pressed and does not grant extensions or assign helpful reading. (We never even read any of the bible – what?)

–To be avoided like the PLAGUE, unless you like being talked at.

–This is easily the worst class I have ever taken at Bard. I have no idea what I was supposed to learn from it. I think he was making it up as he went along, and realized halfway through the course that he had no point. He seems intelligent, but at least during this course he failed to pass along any interesting ideas or information.

–I served on several committees with him in my 4 years at Bard, and NEVER did I feel that he respected students’ opinions or their contributions. Likes to hear himself talk, usually done without making a point.


  1. NOTE TO SELF: Try to stay on Unrepentant Marxist’s good side.

    Comment by Adrian — February 28, 2009 @ 4:36 am

  2. oh come now louis. you’re above this. there were some students that rated him positively (although admittedly, the word “vain” seemed to creep into all the reviews regardless of whether they liked him or not). anyway, someone could easily come along and pull this review out of kovel’s file:

    “Give me a break.He’s a great teacher if you have trouble thinking for yourself. He’s so obnoxious that when I went to meet with him outside of class, he actual said, “whatever you’re going to ask me is already in the book,” and walked away (http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=518975).”

    stick to chilton’s uncritical support for the latest gaza war and zionism – that is ammunition enough to discredit him (god and this man’s a “chaplain”)…

    Comment by dermokrat — February 28, 2009 @ 6:59 am

  3. Go read the testimonials to Joel’s credentials on Facebook. They speak loudly. I would only add that my email exchanges with Chilton left me with the conclusion that I was dealing with somebody who was not very bright although he did have a powerful talent for evasion.

    Comment by louisproyect — February 28, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  4. So sorry for you that Kovel’s been fired for several years and you couldn’t help him. 🙂

    Comment by Ben — December 2, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

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