Monday, February 01, 2016

Mandatory "Diversity" Indoctrination at Mizzou

   It's astonishing to me how far this sort of thing is going.
   I'm going to go ahead and assume that these things are not all bad, that some good points will be made, that some people will learn things, and that we collectively might be better off if everybody thought at least a little bit about this sort of thing.
   However. If CR's account is right, then there seems to be a fairly large measure of leftist/PC indoctrination in the session. Deploying the massively confused concept "cultural appropriation" at all would, by itself, already send the thing down an ideological track. The problem here is not that such issues are discussed. The problem is that: (a) a very specific far-left perspective is being advocated rather than discussed; (b) that perspective is being taught as if it were uncontroversial and obviously true; (c) there is, almost certainly, no attention to criticism of the perspective; and, of course, (d): it's mandatory. This sort of extreme political bias wouldn't be ok even in an elective class...much less a mandatory session for all students.
   If public universities were, say, forcing students to attend pro-free-market or pro-small-government indoctrination camp, the academic left would explode.  If public university students were being forced to attend pro-religion workshops, where where controversial religious concepts and perspectives were being presupposed (e.g.: is such-and-such a thing sinful?)...well...there's no way to finish that sentence, because it's almost unimaginable that such a thing would happen at an American public university.
   This really is an outrage. There might be a decent idea somewhere in it...but there's just too much bad. If, during orientation, a school wants to tell students something like the following, I think that's not only ok, but good:
 "Hey, look, there are going to be a lot of people here who are going to be, superficially speaking, very different than those you're used to. They're going to look different, think different, act different, dress different, talk different, accept different things, have sex with different people...all sorts of stuff. You need to realize that that a university is a pretty cosmopolitan place, and you are going to have to get used to it. Do not hassle people just for being different. That doesn't mean that you have to believe what they believe, or do what they do, or think it's ok, or think that it's off-limits for reasonable discussion. But no hassling. Here endeth the lesson."
   But mandatory left-wing indoctrination sessions...that just isn't ok. No one should stand for that. (If, indeed, that's what's happening at Mizzou. CampusReform is a pretty good source of info, but it does have an agenda.)

10 Comments:

Anonymous Darius Jedburgh said...

Dr McSlyverson, I presume? Welcome to the underground. Some of us have been here for years...

5:06 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

LOL point about IP addresses taken...

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Darius Jedburgh said...

Not at all! I just recognised your voice.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

That may be even scarier...

I'm going to start writing like Judith Butler to throw people off my scent.

10:06 PM  
Blogger The Mystic said...

If it's any consolation for your anonymity, I have only the vaguest, most unproductive idea of what you two are talking about.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Darius Jedburgh said...

You mean: more like Judith Butler...

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Darius Jedburgh said...

(I couldn't figure out someone's IP address to save my life, but I do gather it's a good idea to use Tor over there. As usual there's plenty of Crazy to go around, but some among the 'New Consensus' seem to have that distinctive ruthlessness that comes with the conviction that your opponents are so evil they have to be suppressed.)

8:08 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

ouch!

'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door...but 'tis enough...'twill serve...

8:20 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Yeah, that's what they say Over There...

Though I have the distinct advantage of having been unlucky/incompetent enough to not have a lot to lose career-wise. So jokes on them!

Also, they just don't scare me. I dusted it up with the paleo-PCs back when I had a lot to lose. I'm just not much of a careerist. I'm willing to publicly criticize them, though I really just recently became fairly certain that they weren't a figment of my retrograde straightwhitemale imagination.

Also, it's unlikely that it'll do any good. Not only am I a dreaded SWM, but people like me only seem to get discussed on the more fashionable blogs as middle-aged dolts who smart, promising candidates must work hard not to embarrass with their superior intellect and training... Amusing, but also annoying...

8:36 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Nobody! Nothing! Nowhere!
It's not even *us* talking!
Never mind!

9:04 AM  

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