School is one of the very few institutions that immigrants and Americans alike pass though. It has been, in the past, a foundation for an American nation identity. Now there is the worry that in the name of experiencing and supporting “diversity,” schools now encourage a form of reverse assimilation, in which wider national identities must give way to sympathy with and support of more narrow ones.
Diversity, it is endlessly proclaimed, is American’s new civic, cultural, and political reality. And woe be it to any person or institution that doesn’t accept the need to operate according to its dictates – be they “safe spaces” free from upsetting ideas, political parties that don’t conform their policies to narrow ethic sensitivities, or schools that don’t insist that their students embrace diversity, or else.