Don’t ever bet that higher education can’t go any lower. You’re bound to lose. Two recent and sorry examples prove the point. With a nod to Mae West, one foreign and one domestic.
One Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California’s community college system, wants to eliminate the algebra requirement for graduation because too many Californians fail it, therefore not getting a degree, or taking too long to finish as they finally master the Xs and Ys only after multiple tries.
Almost half of California’s community college students fail the course on the first try, and fewer than half finish the two-year community college curriculum in six years. This signals to Oakley that the algebra requirement is burdensome and must be done away with.
Their mission began almost immediately after Trump’s election, when three professors of psychiatry—one from Harvard University and two from the University of California, San Francisco—sent a letter to former president Barack Obama expressing their “grave concern” for the “mental instability” of the President-Elect.
Warning that Donald Trump will cause “catastrophic consequences” for the nation’s “social sustainability,” James Martin and James Samels says colleges must focus on training students to engage in social activism.
More than 1,500 professors, students, and left-wing activists from around the country are expected to gather in Chicago from July 6-9 in hopes of “fighting injustice and oppression” while resisting the “political system that spawned Trump.”
Blame the messenger. The conservative messenger, that is.
Sarah Bond, an assistant professor of classics, published an article in the online magazine, Hypoallergenic, pointing out that many statues in ancient Greece and Rome were painted in bright colors, and that we think of Graeco-Roman sculpture as being snow-white marble only because the colors have faded away with time. Hmm, I thought everybody knew that; I picked it up myself in ancient-history class during my sophomore year in high school. Still, it’s useful to be reminded that we don’t necessarily see what the original viewers saw when we look at an ancient artifact.
But Bond’s point wasn’t simply to point out that polychromy was a common feature of classical art. It was to argue that white marble equals white supremacy…
A professor at the University of Delaware has declared that Otto Warmbier was a “spoiled,” “white, rich, clueless” American college student who “got exactly what he deserved” when he recently ended up comatose and then dead at the age of 22 after serving part of a lengthy prison sentence in North Korea.
In the late 1960s in Pakistan, during the uprising against Field Marshal Ayub Khan’s military dictatorship, the Left that led us infused the concept of ‘internationalism’ and ‘universal human rights’.
The concept of ‘cultural appropriation’ or segregation based on colour was alien to my teenaged comrades.
The concept of tribal identity or communities based on skin colour was a ‘reactionary’ concept – a primitive idea that we thought had been given a death knell by the 1948 UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights.
By now you hopefully are familiar with the plight of Evergreen State College professor Bret Weinstein. You can follow our prior coverage at the Evergreen State College Tag.
The short version of the story is that for the sin of objecting to a racist proposal that white students and faculty leave campus for a day, Weinstein has been subjected to well-documented harassment, threats and abuse by a coalition of “social justice” students and faculty on campus. The administration further enabled the attacks on Weinstein through cowardly capitulation to student demands.
Two paragraphs from a professor’s book perfectly capture the modern, watered-down state of America’s universities, explaining how the terms “professor” and “university” have become denigrated by their overuse.
The two paragraphs come from “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters,” a book by Thomas Nichols, a professor at Harvard University and the Naval War College.
“Not only are there too many students, there are too many professors,” says Nichols in an excerpt posted to Twitter. “The very best national universities, the traditional sources of university faculty, are promiscuously pumping out PhDs at a rate far higher than any academic job market can possibly absorb.”
Kathryn Wallace’s first encounter with Ryerson field placement coordinator, Heather Bain, came at the end of January of this year.
That’s when the 24-year-old social work student stopped by Bain’s office to tell her she’d like to do her third-year placement with the Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF), an offshoot of the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE).
The Centre, which opened in 2014, offers counseling and group support to men about such issues as fathering, trauma, family law and suicide prevention. CCMF executive director Justin Trottier says they have one of Toronto’s only groups for victims of domestic assault.
You would have thought she’d asked Bain to send her to Russia.
“Next thing I know she’s telling me it’s problematic because it exists …that the place is an act of violence,” said Wallace last week.
In 1981, the paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould came to fame with the publication of The Mismeasure of Man, a chronicle of supposed racism in science, and a critique in particular of the idea that intelligence exists in a form that could be measured by anything so vulgar as an IQ score.