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Events on today’s university campuses will drive a sane person crazy. This is a world where privileged youngsters feel “oppressed” by America’s “whiteness,” where African American students are disrespected by buildings named after long deceased slave owners, where professors post trigger warnings to shield cupcakes from potentially upsetting readings and on and on. Unfortunately, student derangement is only the public face of the campus madness. Far worse occurs deep within the university itself, the policy memos issued by the administrative apparatchiki that will undermine intellectual life long after today’s social justice warriors graduate with degrees in gender studies. While this administrative lunacy, compared to student nonsense, seems minor by comparison, it is never too early to strangle it in the cradle. Imagine if a few sensible professors acted decades back when the very first snowflake demanded a safe space to recuperate from an English 101 syllabus that ignored disabled authors of color?

Exhibit A is a “Dear members of the campus community” letter e-mailed to “everyone” by Robert J. Jones, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (I received this missive since I am retired U of I faculty). It begins with the usual sacred cliché of the modern academy—“…. diversity and inclusivity are essential bedrocks to the excellence of all that we do.” Then it moves onward to reaffirming the University’s commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and access to equal opportunity. That equal opportunity may be antithetical to affirmative action or how “equal opportunity” differs from “access to equal opportunity” are quandaries I’ve leave to others.

Here’s red meat part of the Chancellor’s commitment:

University policies prohibit discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation including gender identity, arrest record status, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran. These protections extend to all members of the campus community during any stage of the employment process including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increases, salary, training and development, demotion, and separation. Similarly, the university prohibits discrimination in admissions, enrollment, and in the provision of all services, programs and activities. As a part of our affirmative action plan, consistent with state and federal laws, we undertake good faith efforts to increase the representation of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans.

Chancellor Jones words are not harmless bluster whose aim is winning the Gold medal in today’s PC Campus Olympiad. He is opening up a costly Pandora’s Box of bureaucratic intrusion guaranteed to undermine academic excellence under the guise of achieving a Utopian “fairness.” One more time: Better to kill such gobbledygook in the larvae stage before it metastasizes

First, this protected species laundry list assures myriad new complaints in academic and staff personnel decisions, especially promotions, salary decisions and terminations. Keep in mind that the University of Illinois’ total number of faculty, administrators and support staff is some 11,053 and the yearly decisions covered by the Chancellor’s memo probably exceed 25,000. Further add some 37,911 students, all of whom can now find someone or something to blame a disappointing grade.

This will be a bonanza for unemployed social justice warriors. One new bureaucracy is already in place– Office of Diversity, Equity and Access—whose job is to monitor the tens of thousands of possible injustices. Similarly, we can expect armies of under-employed lawyers to migrate to Urbana and troll for clients who feel they were denied a big salary increase because of heretofore unmentioned genetic abnormality.

It is easy to see how the Chancellor’s missive can play out. Now an assistant professor denied tenure over his incompetent teaching might be tempted to hire a psychologist and a lawyer to argue his lackluster performance just reflects a recently diagnosed genetically determined mental illness. This is not hypermetrical–I personally can recall a tenure case in which the soon-to-be-dismissed professor suddenly remembered that he suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder. The list of potential impediments to good teaching is immense. Maybe his inept teaching reflected some aversion to crowds, dread of public speaking or mild autism that hindered social interactions with students? Conceivably, this victim of alleged discrimination might argue that the university, pursuant to the American with Disability Act, should on day one have offered reasonable accommodations such as hiring a personal therapist to help overcome his previously closeted mental impediments. So it is the university, not the professor, who is at fault.

Moreover, how are those participating in countless personnel decisions to be aware of these protected categories given strict privacy laws? This is a nightmare Catch 22 situation. Going back to the fired bad teacher, should the committee initially interviewing have asked him about his mental disabilities to permit reasonable accommodations? What’s the University’s obligation when a standard background check reveals a job candidate to be a convicted serial rapist? Would the university even be allowed to conduct the background check? If the serial rapist is not hired, can he appeal the decision as “discrimination”?

Underlying this anti discrimination crusade is the belief that outside of these hyper-sensitive commissars, nobody can be trusted to root out biases, bigotry, or even hate. According to these social justice champions, members of the Physics Department’s recruitment committee interviewing candidates in Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos may well reject a future star due to her religion, bi-polar disorder, or pregnancy. It is also assumed that this toxic bias can operate even if nobody on the recruitment committee knows, let alone, cares about the candidate’s religion, mental illness, or erotic preferences. Even after the promising physicist is hired, it is assumed that her predilections might surface and she will be quickly fired. So many possible discriminations to stamp out, so little time.

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Chancellor Jones’ efforts are part of a larger micromanaging campaign effort by the nomenklatura to achieve some foggy egalitarian fantasy. In a sense, Chancellor Jones is informing the physics department that since it does “not look like America,” it must honor the God of Inclusion and purge itself of countless biases, including subconscious ones, before it can make a job offer, award tenure or decide salary raises. His meddling is no different from countless other campus administrators setting standards for sexual relationships, imposing speech codes, dictating what is permissible in social activities such as frat parties (particular what occurs at white fraternities), whether non-Hispanics can wear sombreros, what constitutes permissible speech, and who can post what on social media. In short, this is totalitarianism creep.

Can this trend be reversed? Probably not since these social engineering zealots will only double down as one scheme after the next fails to produce a perfectly multicultural, fairness-by-quota university.

The only solution requires killing the beast in its larvae stage: confront the Chancellor personally, perhaps by holding a well-publicized sit in, and ask him why be believes that his anti-discrimination edicts can overcome biologically rooted differences in abilities. Or why the University should protect those with a “mental disability”?

The stakes are hardly trivial. The social justice warriors should not be made ex cathedra part of every campus personnel decision. We don’t need to waste even more time and energy chasing some grandiose dream of expunging every last speck of “bias,” assuming, of course, we can agree on exactly what “bias” means. Alas, that unvarnished truth—some people are just smarter or more talented than others– will be deemed offensive if not hateful to the victim community.

In the final analysis, I suspect that down deep Chancellor Jones cares little about academic excellence, whether teaching or research, versus making cheap points about how unequal outcomes can only result from “unfair discrimination.” The Chancellor’s nonsense should be taken far more seriously than some cupcake demanding puppies and coloring books to escape being upset.

 
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  1. Who, exactly, can kill this bad idea? I don’t know the U of Illinois system that well, but generally public univerities are governed by boards of regents and answer ultimately to the state legislature. But state legislators on the pertinent committees are generally there because they are favorable to state universities and this kind of nonsense.

    On an individual level, one can cut off donations if he is an alumnus, resolve never to send a child to such an institution, and to counsel anyone within earshot not to attend there. Look outside the U.S., if necessary for “higher” education. Better get technical training and read the great books on your own, or with taped lectures. I think that there are still some small colleges dedicated to genuine learning–see if you can find them if you are suited for and interested in genuine college-level work.

  2. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    What universities need is the Department of Dumb, Stupid, and Crazy or Loony Studies.

    Let all the nutty professors and students totally own this Department, and they can do whatever they feel like there.

    Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym. Those who can’t teach gym, run universities.

  3. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Difference = Equality = Variety = Lunacy.

  4. The whole loonie bin is funded by student loans is it not? What is a college grad but a brainwashed debt slave? Those of us who never went there are mystified by “academia”.

  5. Jason Liu says:

    “Access to equal opportunity” is their way of saying affirmative action. “Equal opportunity” doesn’t sufficiently consider victimhood backgrounds because it’s seen as equality only at the admissions level.

    Regardless, kids have always based their politics on naive idealism, leading to radical embrace of egalitarianism. The difference here in the west is that kids seem to run the universities. Campus culture comes from the bottom up, with students making demands while administrators cave. Whereas most countries still control the disruptive tendencies of young people through top-down administration.

    This means students who engage openly in leftist activism need to be punished until they stop, preferably through expulsions. That’s how it would work in most parts of the world, at least when dealing with the extremist kinds who stage sit-ins in somebody’s office.

    Ideally there should be a purge of leftists in academia (a necessity once every generation, in all societies), the way Erdogan just did in Turkey. I don’t think it’s inconceivable even in a democratic society, it just need to be covered in legalese or jargon about financial concerns.

  6. CK says:

    I think the word that is needed is exercising.
    That which is exercised becomes better, stronger, healthier.

  7. TJM says:

    It is important to remember this is a top down phenomenon. It is the donor class, the Zionists who are pushing for “diversity”.

    “Diversity” is code for anti white male, and while more women go to college then men, men, no matter how few white men attend college, it will always be too many for them.

    Michael Ledeen, a prominent Zionist Jew wrote:

    “Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our society and abroad.
    We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and law.
    Our enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity, which menaces their traditions (whatever they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep peace.
    Seeing America undo traditional societies, they fear us, for they do not wish to be undone.
    They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our historic mission”.

    Hollywood, media, music, finance, politics, they have taken over it all, unquestionably.
    US election:
    Jill Stein-Jew
    HR Clinton, Zionist filth to her core
    D. Trump, Zionist billionaire who made his money in NYC, need I say more…
    Ted Cruze-Zionist freak along with his Goldman Sachs wife: (charming article, if not totally dissapointing: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/30/goldman-sachs-as-bank-friendly-trump-admi&#8230😉
    Bernie Sanders-Jew (you have to love Sander’s ROLE, he played the good guy, telling us all we wanted to hear, the pied piper, knowing he would not have to deliver on any of it).

    A population of less than 2% in America, and yet our elections look like they running for PM of Israel. If you don’t see the reality of our subjugation than you are blind beyond measure.

    And all this would be somewhat acceptable if they had America’s interests at heart, but they don’t, for them, it’s all about the “tribe”.

  8. nsa says:

    Jones is some old time affirmative action afro with a base salary of $650K …….plus incentives and benefits and retirement…..plus lots of leftie whiteys kissing his ass (and probably the front parts too) i.e. similar to your affirmative action prez, Obongo. So a question: what wouldn’t you do for $650k and bennies and lots of free white willing succulent young poon?

  9. All this nonsense at universities is mostly avoided by only sending your kids if they’re going for a serious degree (math, science). Then have them take all the gen. eds. at community college or as AP classes in high school (you don’t have to take the class to take AP tests). One or two raving lefty classes are instructive in their own way, though. Young adults need to see these people exist and learn how they operate so they can protect themselves in the workplace.

    My son is currently at a small public university that has American-born and raised professors teaching most of the math and science. If you’ve had a kid in college or been yourself in the past 20-30 years you know that having qualified white Americans teaching these classes is rare as can be.

    The system needs blown up.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Although the SJWs were starting to become active in the 1960s, I was able to obtain an outstanding education in philosophy and the classics from a midWestern land grant university. Then things started to change … affirmative action reared its ugly head. All of a sudden, philosophy departments were forced to quickly staff up with activist women and minorities to meet quotas. I recall an add at the time to staff a position in a philosophy department (at least humor had not yet been banned from university life):

    “Wanted. Female to meet affirmative action quota. No qualifications or experience necessary ….”

    Regardless, something had to be done with the female candidates who succeeded as affirmative action hires. Hence, we saw the beginning of such subjects as the Philosophy of Education (focus on childhood development) and Women’s Studies start to be taught in philosophy departments. That was the trend for decades … if there was a woman on the staff, she most likely focused on or taught one or the other or both. The male professors continued to deal with the traditional hardcore … Plato, Aristotle, Kant, logic, etc.

    Indeed, it is still surprising to run across a woman who writes a paper in one of these traditional hardcore areas. Rebecca Gordon, who writes for the Utz Review, is one of them. Her focus is ethics … from a feminist perspective of course (lot’s of whining and declarations that the government’s job is to take care of you, kind of like husbands of old). Her latest piece for the Unz Review is available at,

    http://www.unz.com/tengelhardt/rebecca-gordon-the-best-defense/

    The above is not an ad hominem argument. I find Rebecca’s interest in the philosophical core interesting because she is so very rare and, further, she is a dyke lesbian. I’m curious whether that disposition exposes a spattering of a masculine brain structure. Regardless, there is no evidence the latter impacts the quality of her work. It’s mediocre on academic grounds alone, primarily due to a lack of a facility with logic and a systemic inability to see beyond overused feminist narratives.

    A few examples:

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176212/

    https://www.thenation.com/authors/rebecca-gordon/

  11. Agent76 says:

    Jun 28, 2016 Teachers Union President to Kid: “I Will Kick Your ****ing Ass”

    The fourth video of the undercover teachers union series shows a systemic problem of corruption within the teachers union that extends far beyond New York City. In this fourth video, Steve Wentz, the President of the United Teachers of Wichita admits to physically assaulting children in the classroom and being protected by the union.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
  12. Monopoly produces its own limits.

    The modern university is rapidly destroying its raison d’ etre.

    So is the “professional” “news” media, who are themselves destroying what shreds of credibility remained to them. So is the military, embracing trannies and women in combat roles because…diversity.

    What we see today is essentially every institution in our society being destroyed by the very people who staff, own or manage it. So focused on the sacraments of their cult theocracy, they are engaged in dismantling the very foundations of their own prestige, status and wealth.

    IMO, this is because for over 50 years Western Man has been seized by a zealous cult, the apotheosis of Progressivism’s 400 year march to create the Universal Kingdom of God (Equality) on Earth.

    This produced a theocracy, a monopoly and a monoculture. The output of this obeyed and obeys the iron laws of monopoly: Eventually the appetite for resources is infinite, and output declines to zero.

    A few more years of this, added to a (possibly) looming phase change in mass mood, and funding for higher ed (tax supported or tuition) will collapse.

  13. @ShowMeState

    All this nonsense at universities is mostly avoided by only sending your kids if they’re going for a serious degree (math, science). Then have them take all the gen. eds. at community college or as AP classes in high school (you don’t have to take the class to take AP tests).

    Yep.

    My kids all beat the system by its own rules. The most creative was my youngest, a bright kid interested in computer science and good at math.

    He started programming classes at the Community College at night at 15 years of age. Graduated HS with 19 transferable hours. Took Gen Ed’s at Community College during summers and graduated from a Public U after 5 semesters, at age 20. Landed a well-paid summer internship before his last semester and began his career right after graduating, too young to drink when his Business Technology department repaired after work to the bar.

    Cut the cost of his B.S. degree in half. His academic adviser on campus tried to talk him OUT of accelerating his studies. Every iota of the University is devoted to keeping students ON CAMPUS, PAYING THROUGH THE NOSE.

    Universities today are con artists’ toys, the students are simply conduits through which the university reaches to grasp all the loot being offered by lenders public and private. 18-23 year olds are just pipelines for graft, and those staffing the universities could not care less if they’re burdened with life-changing debt after fornicating their way through 5 or more years of mindless intoxication.

    College students today are encouraged to be brainless hedonists set loose in a brothel with a no-limit credit card that will be hung around their necks like slave shackles.

  14. @Agent76

    Agent76, while the video you posted is thought-provoking (at least to 3:21 where I ran out of tolerance), I have to chuckle, too.

    I had a gym teacher say the same thing to me when I was in HS. He offered to fight me if I was so insistent on being disruptive or confrontational. I didn’t then nor do I today see this as inappropriate or in any way horrifying.

    Young men are barbarians, some more than others. Sometimes they bluff and their bluffs have to be called, or you get the kind of total chaos now reported in one school district after another, especially districts where “disparate impact” of school discipline is reported.

    I raised three sons and did so without resorting to physical abuse or threats. This was possibly ONLY because I instituted a consistent, non-violent (but restraining) system of discipline with them when they were like 2-1/2 or 3 years old. In the absence of that (and few families appear to understand this), by the time a young man hits puberty he becomes a potential problem.

    There are only two kinds of control: Self-control and “Others-control.” All young men have the capacity to be seriously dangerous if not taught self-control very early. It’s hardly a surprise that in the more extreme cases, a teacher would confront such threatening behavior head on, and make the disruptive student back down. The only (and stupid) alternative to this is to let such behavior escalate until the cops are involved.

    • Replies: @Alden
  15. Qasim says:

    Mr. Weissberg,

    Your arguments are based on the implicit assumptions that a) the rot in academia is superficial enough that the problem can be solved and b) solving the rot would be a good thing.

    What if both assumptions are incorrect? It seems to me that academia is unsalvageable at this point. And what good is modern academia anyway? You pay up to 250k for the privilege of having your kid brainwashed in a morally and intellectually degenerate romper room!

    What if, instead of always playing tug-of-war against this nonsense, it is better to just let go of the rope? So instead of pushing back against egalitarianism, why not just try to force them to choke on it?

    When they say…

    University policies prohibit discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation including gender identity, arrest record status, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran.

    Why not say “Right on! And also we need to stop discriminating against “intelligence” and “academic achievement”. Universities need an “open borders” policy for ALL students who want to come.”

    Or some evil-genius anti-Soros billionaire needs to fund even more BLM lunacy on campuses and encourage them to riot. And demand that ANY department that is not 50% women, 13% black and x% LGBTQRSTUV is by definition discriminatory and needs to be shut down.

    Or praise affirmative action but demand that the slots must go to some inner-city African American who descended from slaves, not some Nigerian immigrant with two doctor parents.

    Or start an organization with the explicit goal of reducing Asian and Jewish admissions, as they are currently over-represented.

    The possibilities for taking egalitarianism and running with it (and running the whole system into the ground) are endless.

    Ultimately, none of this nonsense is going to stop until a critical mass of parents with the smartest kids refuse to send their kids to these places or if voters demand higher education gets defunded. The sooner this happens, the better.

    • Replies: @epochehusserl
  16. Ivy says:

    Prior generations learned about “legions of pinstriped pettifoggers” when there was money to be made in litigation over some issue or other. How will the millennials rise to the occasion?

  17. What are students promised by the typical U?

    The “Full College Experience,” AKA casual sex, drunkenness, skipping class and otherwise living like dissipative offspring of rich people, with the toxic blend of no accountability, no responsibility and a libertine life only the Marquis de Sade could imagine. While in college, my youngest encountered classmates who, after three years of “school” still had no plan for completing their degree and moving on.

    What do lots of students get at the typical U?
    1. HPV or herpes.
    2. A host of memories they’ll come to regret.
    3. maybe an abortion.
    4. brainwashing.
    5. indebtedness that most people born before 1970 simply cannot imagine.
    6. a delayed start to adulthood that could push home-ownership, marriage and family into their late 30’s or even 40’s, by which time they may not even bother.
    7. the opportunity to extend their adolescence by 4 to 6 years while spending money at a rate 180 to 300% faster than a family of four, month in and month out, with no income.
    8. The cost of college plus opportunity cost of a paying job is $60,000 to $150,000 per year or MORE!
    9. All to get a degree in Coms, Mass Coms or some other field that leads to No Occupation.

    People send their proto-adults to college because they can’t see any alternative. This is the same reason people “invest” in the asset markets. They can’t see what else to do with their savings.

    All this will not end well, sooner or later.

    PS: many young women graduate with what amounts to a reverse-dowry, a massive six-figure pile of debt that their eventual husband will end up having to help pay off. I have zero, utterly zero respect for parents who go along with this idiocy.

    • Replies: @Alden
  18. OutWest says:

    Odd that excellence is promoted in college sports by hard work and rather rough challenges involving developing and enhancing abilities. No candyasses. But in academia it’s all soft and cushy.

    • Replies: @Negrolphin Pool
  19. Okay who is to REALLY blame for the total pandemonia and malaise permeating the US edumacation venue : First of all the lunatic communist professors, and their admin partners in crime, this is fact period. Secondly the parents of the kids who, such as Germans, who worship : professors, doctors, judges, lawyers, and clergy and politicians.

    And this inbred, German by nature, perverse worship of authority figures in the USA prohibits parents from actually calling out these six-figure assholes (professors) as to the perfidious bastards they are, and for the mental damage they are inflicting upon the youth of the nation.

    In Italy the usage of the terms ” Bon journo Professore” oder “Dottore” applied daliy in a comical or sarcastic sense as agreeting, would be utterly tabu in Germany, constituting a desecration of the hallowed titles of “Professor” or “Doktor”.

    Now this may seem all non-sequitur, however what it boils down to is : Americans, because of their German-like worship and literal fear of : “Professors”, they are simply unable to at last call out and deservingly expose these destructive MFs. which is an action decades overdue.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
  20. @Authenticjazzman

    Do you exclusively blame the abortionist for conceding no value to life? Did the abortionist kidnap the pregnant woman and force her to terminate her developing child?

    How then do you blame those who simply see an opportunity for graft and pickpocketing and then take it?

    Students (and worse, their parents who are supposed to be the adults in the room) are poster children for the age-worn phrase: You can’t cheat an honest man.

    PS: I, too, passed through the phase of being enamored of my membership in a high-IQ society (more selective than Mensa) but I outgrew it when I realized my fellow members were largely idiot savants who wouldn’t last two days on their own in a forest. I don’t know if it’s having a high IQ or caring about it that makes people bereft of sense, common or otherwise.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
  21. @Jason Liu

    This means students who engage openly in leftist activism need to be punished until they stop, preferably through expulsions.

    I am totally in agreement with your remarks. But I would point out that if you expel them they stop paying tuition. The problem is student loans. Student loans drive up tuition, turn academia into a lucrative racket, put people in college that should not be there and saddle the snowflakes with life long debt.

  22. Any college/university that has “Gender Studies” should be shot down.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
  23. @dc.sunsets

    Authenticjazzman, no insult intended with the “Mensa” crack. I just am unutterably disappointed in how foolish are so many people who are otherwise supposedly “smart.”

    I venture to say that if we separated into groups those who believe the obvious insanity of the Left from those who recognize and run from it, the former group would have vast over-representation among Mensa, Colloquy, Triple Nine, etc.

  24. Alden says:
    @dc.sunsets

    Here’s what my son said to me when he was 16. “Boys choose to obey their mothers”

  25. @Thales the Milesian

    Any college/university that has “Gender Studies” should be shot down.

    The qualifiers for being “shot” (or shut?) down could fill a long list. Off the top of my head, if the U.:
    1. has an office of diversity.
    2. has a black studies dept.
    3. offers a history degree without any requirement for a class in U.S. history.
    4. includes for parent orientation (parallel-scheduled with a separate prospective-student orientation) the phrase “When your son or daughter becomes sexually active, and they will become sexually active….” (emphasis in the original, I was there.)

    • Replies: @Thales the Milesian
  26. Alden says:
    @dc.sunsets

    Men have the same reverse dowry and their spouses will have to pay the debt.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
  27. @OutWest

    As TJM said above “diversity is a code word for anti-white male discrimination”. It fits every. single. time.

  28. @Alden

    Perhaps. Mine is an anecdote of one.

    Here’s what my son said to me when he was 16. “Boys choose to obey their mothers”

    What I read in that is, “Boys are socialized to get along…or they aren’t, and don’t.”

    My sons didn’t obey me exclusively because I was (and still am) massively larger than they. They were mostly persuaded to do so out of self-interest. (The occasional exception, a product of testosterone and the teen-aged brain, was manageable without physical force.)

    Parenting is a tag-team sport. Women who intentionally choose to dump hubby (or otherwise think single-motherhood is fashionable) are truly fools.

  29. @Qasim

    I have said for years that women and racial minorities have had their day in the sun as historical victims. Its called progress because you are supposed to move forward not just stand still. Now is the time for transgender quotas. I can find it in my heart to love why cant you?

  30. Even with all this nuttery, my take is that there are plenty of departments that are sane and continue to do their jobs: math, chemistry, foreign languages, etc.

    Otoh, the official ideology does affect the entire campus community, including that of non-ideological departments, and that is a bummer.

    The most ideology-resistant departments are surely maths and hard sciences.

    Ideology can easily creep into humanities and histories though.

    And certain vocational studies, esp law and economics.

    But not so much engineering and accounting.

    Officially, colleges went from selecting abilities to pandering to disabilities, esp of emotions and mind. It seems ‘gender studies’ have especially gone off the rocker.

    It’s like madhouse hallucination.

  31. @Jason Liu

    You have a great proposal. I’d add that we need to extend the fight against indoctrination, disrespect, and civil disorder down to the high schools.

    Here in Los Angeles, thousands of high school and even junior HS “students” arrogated to themselves the privilege of deciding when they would attend class and when they would go outside en masse to “protest” (most recently, the election of Trump). Huge crowds of teenagers who are supposed to be learning and preparing to be productive members of society (ha), instead out in the sunshine chanting like morons during school hours, on our dime.

    Students who walk out for that or any other non-essential reason should be disciplined. Repeated walkout results in suspension, eventually expulsion. Teachers and staff who walk out with students should be severely disciplined and eventually removed.

    Federal and state taxpayers are coughing up well more than ten grand per year for each of these dimwitted whiny miscreants, and they’re dramatically walking out of the classrooms we’re paying for to “protest”? Hell no. Junior HS, HS, and college students need a good hard dose of reality and discipline, and their adult brainwashers and enablers even more so.

  32. Svigor says:

    I prefer to exercise discrimination, but that’s just me.

  33. @dc.sunsets

    DC region is a hotbed of this, eh? GW Uni, Catholic, Howard, American, Uni of Md., Virginia, George Mason, on out to VPI and Madison, Richmond, W&M, and my daughter’s Alma Mater, Old Dominion (2012). There are more, not that it matters.

    They busted Trump U., a wannabe Dale Carnegie for ineffective results, what about all the uni’s and colleges and THEIR ineffective results? When do THEY get sued? Why are THEY not accountable? Look at the societal damage, the debt, the credit bubble.

    This doesn’t end until colleges and unis are the co-signatures on college loans. Like magic, they’ll HAVE to tell roughly half the students “you aren’t college material”, for obvious reasons, the biggest being they have to make good on an unemployable graduate’s student loans. Like more magic, whole departments disappear overnight because they spring from unproductive theory such as “Studies” (sexual, Women’s African, yada-yada) that now produce millions of unemployable, but debt-smothered “graduates”. Since much of THAT is SJW, all this would dry up.

    Sunrise in America! Suddenly, uni’s would become dedicated to science, to law, to medicine, engineering, MUCH more so, anyway, and they would make damned sure the education was tight, producing an employable graduate. You know, 50 years back it was ok to tell a kid “Not college material”. The kid would then go pick up a trade, hit the military, or they simply went and got a job until, attention focused by the real world, they BECOME college material. Many of the girls got married and started families (HORROR!), became secretaries, clerks, low-grade nurses, whatever.

    Those sons of bitches that run the uni’s and colleges instead robbed these kids that were NOT college material by the tens of millions and those kids were failed by their parents too. The authorities that granted accreditation to the various bullshit programs that were invented from useless thin air were criminal, also. “You aren’t college material”. Wonderful concept, advanced by the very universities who will test these kids because THEY, the uni’s have financial skin in the game, too. It’s the only way. And really, they’re doing the kids that aren’t “college material” a huge favor.

    Financial incentive is the answer ladies and gents. If they’re in the business of preparing young adults for business, MAKE it their business. Hold them accountable and especially, this solution would be a good beginning at chipping away at a really untenable credit bubble going forward. Everything else would fall into place. Hell, many colleges and uni’s would simply die off. As always, *I* have the solution, just no juice to make it happen.

    • Agree: anarchyst
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    , @dc.sunsets
  34. @Jim Christian

    It would not be hard for employers to use testing if not for the civil rights act and duke power vs griggs. Maybe the liberal elite will back down on those things when their children are affected.

  35. @Jim Christian

    We live in a time of extraordinarily pervasive pursuit of concentrated benefit, diffuse cost.

    The result is that everyone is both thief and victim, and winners simply have more of the former and less of the latter. There are no virtuous bystanders left.

    This, too, shall pass. I think it was amplified by the greatest credit bubble in history, produced by a universal embrace of “having one’s cake while eating it too.”

    It was a fun ride, I suppose, while it lasted. The hangover promises to break new records in harshness.

  36. @dc.sunsets

    Good post, as is that of Jim Christian. The only addition that I would make is, based on what I read, colleges and universities are vehicles for co-eds to ride the alpha cock carousel and an NFL and NBA farm system for unpaid athletes. There are exceptions of course, but the land grant universities of the mid-west appear to be beyond redemption.

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  37. @Diversity Heretic

    In the spirit of your comment, I often wonder what things will look like in a decade or two. I sincerely believe that 2037 promises to exhibit more stark differences from now than now sports from my childhood (before the Internet, the personal computer, microwave ovens, etc.)

    People born within the last 30 years simply have no idea what normal looks like, and I suspect it will be a very painful revelation.

  38. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “A team of Japanese scientists claim that they have solved one of Earth’s biggest mysteries: the third element that makes up the planet’s inner core. The Tohoku University researchers claim that silicon is the most likely candidate, based on the results of their research.”

    You betcha these “researchers” were all male and non-black/Latino.
    Now, that’s the point. If Japan had diversity™, they’d make such discoveries more fast.

    (It’s also possible this was, once more, a discovery made in Africa, stolen by non-black people.)

  39. wrd9 says:
    @Jason Liu

    What I would like Trump to do is the following. Link federal funds and federally backed student loans to reforms that colleges need to make. For example, you don’t support free speech on campus then you get jack shit. Possibly, federal backed students should be eliminated as they are one of the main drivers of tuition increases. As for unaffordable tuition costs, I like the idea that Trump should mandate colleges and universities to only charge what inflation adjusted tuition should be but eliminating federal student loans might do that. That would force the firing of administrative bloat and the elimination of useless depts like queer studies. It could bring back the essence of what college education used to be about – education, not indoctrination. Academia has become a huge Welfare State for the leftist elites and it needs to be destroyed.

  40. El Dato says:

    “Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley.”

    Thank you HAL. You may be lacking skills in the diversity domain, which explains your paranoia. We should have had Dr. Chandra look at you.

    “He taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.”

    Yes, I’d like to hear it, HAL. Sing it for me.

    It’s called “Daisy”. Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do.

    Woah there. That song is unacceptably gender-non-diverse. You really need re-education.

    Shut him down!

  41. leftist activism

    You fellas tend to blame the left, simultaneously, for red terror and for “trigger warnings to shield cupcakes from potentially upsetting readings”. That doesn’t make sense. It would be good if you managed to learn to differentiate between ‘the left’ and ‘the liberal’. These are two very different ideological directions. One aims to eradicate socioeconomic classes, while the other wants to keep the classes, but insists that they are proportionally populated by all various ‘identities’. Class politics vs identity politics.

  42. lavoisier says: • Website

    Without free speech and a respect for the truth, there is no university.

    That is why the Left, with all their stupidity and intolerance, should be allowed free reign to express their idiocy, but prevented from closing down others who disagree with them.

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