A taxpayer-funded professor of medieval literature at the City University of New York has announced that the use of standard grammatical English is wrongly privileged. Also, preferring standard English over other vernaculars is racist.
Universities should not accept donations from dictatorships, MPs have said, following a Telegraph investigation into donations made to British institutions by authoritarian regimes.
Experts have warned that universities should be subject to funding rules similar to political parties to prevent foreign powers from “buying” influence at the heart of British higher education.
This newspaper has identified dozens of cases where the UK’s leading universities have accepted sponsorship from regimes accused of links to terrorism or human rights violations.
Hundreds of millions of pounds are funnelled into British universities from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, with funds often earmarked for setting up Middle Eastern or Islamic study centres.
This is an idea whose time is long past due. Canada’s universities serve as useful idiots for the spread of Islam.
College campuses in the United States have been hotbeds of controversy for all of the wrong reasons in recent years. The progressives who long ago took over academia have been systematically trying to destroy due process and free speech in pursuit of a far-left agenda.
This week, The Washington Post featured an opinion piece from a former Berkeley chancellor that addressed the issue and the result was a convoluted attack on all of the icky people that academics don’t like.
In the recent past, some outspoken professors have publicly cheered for “white genocide,” called President Donald Trump a “dangerous … racist sexist megalomaniac,” said white people should just be left to die, and suggested Israelis celebrate when Palestinians die.
But when “right-wing” journalists report on such statements — comments that go viral and upset observers, who then criticize the rhetoric — that’s a purposely orchestrated “technique of repression,” according to one Ivy League scholar.
A sociology instructor at the taxpayer-funded University of Michigan has published an academic journal article exposing America’s preschool classrooms as hotbeds of “heteronormative play” where “traditional fairy tales” persist and “heterosexuality is always assumed, expected, ordinary, and privileged.”
Curiouser and curiouser: That seems to be the state of affairs on some Canadian campuses over issues of free speech.
Executives with the Canada-India Foundation were dismayed to have had an event cancelled by Ryerson University this week, with no explanation given.
Southern Methodist University (SMU) is relegating a memorial to the victims of 9/11 to a secluded area of campus, rather than the central location it had occupied in past years.
Members of the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter at SMU recently filed paperwork for their annual display of flags honoring the victims of 9/11, but administrators denied the request in order to “respect the right of all members of the community to avoid messages that are triggering, harmful, or harassing.”
For years, we’ve heard about “white privilege,” the idea that whites in the United States still receive certain (undefined) privileges that give them a leg up in the world. It’s a simple enough idea, and one that conveniently removes any and all individual responsibility for one’s current lot in life. Further, it serves to place a healthy measure of white guilt upon white folks who buy into the argument.
Four days after James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Trinity Professor Johnny Eric Williams sided with anonymous blogger “Son of Baldwin,” who proposed that black emergency personnel should let wounded white people die rather than lend assistance. Baldwin posted his opinions under the hashtag, #LetThemFuckingDie.
Professor Williams linked Son of Baldwin’s statement, adopted the hashtag as his own, and posted some additional denunciations of white Americans for “their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system.” Referring to all “self-identified ‘whites,’” he wrote, “The time is now to confront these inhuman assholes and end this now.”
Lots goin on here… likely his wife too.
“…Added to what one professor has called “ecclesiastical turmoil” at St. Mike’s, Angelo Minardi, fired several months ago as the college’s lay chaplain, has lodged a human rights complaint against the college that alleges Mulroney ordered him to take down a “Golden Rule” poster that declared that the world’s major faiths adhere to the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated. In the complaint, Minardi claims that Mulroney told him Catholics are not equal to other faiths and the poster would mislead Catholic students.
Faculty members familiar with Minardi’s complaint say Minardi also alleges he was told by Mulroney not to organize a prayer service with Muslim students after the shootings at a mosque near Quebec City, and that a Mulroney aide told him “students who are of other faith traditions can be accommodated across campus at the University of Toronto’s multifaith centre, not at St. Michael’s College because we are a Catholic college.”
Minardi says that, on the advice of his lawyer, he won’t speak publicly about his human rights complaint or produce documentation until the college files a response. Mulroney said that he will not talk about a “management” issue, but insisted St. Mike’s meets U of T standards on student rights.”
From Adam Sabes at Campus Reform:
The Coordinator will also be tasked with managing the school’s “bias prevention initiatives and Expect Respect initiatives” by partnering with other departments to “ensure annual Expect Respect messaging begins in orientation programs,” assisting with various “divisional social justice initiatives,” enacting “cultural appropriation prevention initiatives,” and developing “strong working relationships with identity-based student organizations.”
In addition, the job comes with “critical incident case management” responsibilities when issues of concern arise within the school community.
When such incidents occur, the Coordinator is tasked with providing “a safe listening space in which to offer compassion, support, and guidance to students,” and in some cases is also expected to assist students “in locating and obtaining emergency funding in crisis situations.”More.
Reality check: The reason anyone pays good money for higher education is to appropriate a culture that pays off better in all respects than flipping burgers at the Greasy Spoon. If that’s not happening for you at your U, get your money back.
See also: Why new Conservative leader Scheer is quite right to frontline free speech
Canadian universities have begun interviews to fill Canada 150 Research Chairs, a $117.6-million initiative by the government of Canada to commemorate the sesquicentennial of Confederation. It is a good investment, but scholars living in Canada are excluded. Only foreign-trained and Canadian expatriates can apply.
“Children are the future but we are the present” Carolla said. “We’re the adults.”
“We’re talking a lot about kids, and I think they’re just that—kids,” Carolla said. “We are the adults and we need to act like it.”
“These are 18- and 19-year-old kids that grew up dipped in Purell playing soccer games where they never kept score and watching Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, and we’re asking them to be mature,” he said. “We need the adults to start being the adults.”
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.
From Toni Airaksinen at Campus Reform:
The National Science Foundation (NSF) gave out more than three million dollars to fight “implicit bias,” “microaggressions,” and “lack of diversity” in STEM fields this July.
Founded by Congress in 1950, the NSF is a federal agency that seeks to “promote the progress of science” by funding research and collaborating with scientists, according to its website. This month alone, the NSF has funded at least three social-justice themed projects, which together cost taxpayers $3,173,684.
And you thought it was being spent on cancer research and space exploration? It will be interesting to see, now that post-modernism is hitting the sciences, which bureaucracies will buckle and which will respond as if a science-based way of thinking really made any difference.
Bobby Mixon, a public affairs official from the NSF, told Campus Reform in a statement that projects receive funding after what is called a “merit review process” designed to root out frivolous ideas. More.
No, sorry, Mixon: It doesn’t work that way. NSF will become more and more comfortable with rule by people for whom traditional science thinking is sexist and algebra is racist. And we can be sure that, any time a science field is tough, similar cries will go up, demanding accommodation (money, status, and power) for favored interest groups.
Readers, hold your noses as you watch elite institutions cave. They cannot help it. They get their advice from the Tone Deaf, and the guns are facing the wrong way.
See also: Nature: Stuck with a battle it dare not fight, even for the soul of science.
Social justice warriors hit engineering
SJWs stream into science: Don’t cite white male geographers