Category Archives: Education

January 14, 2018

Heather Mac Donald: How Diversity Bureaucrats Ruined the Universities (Video)

Heather Lynn Mac Donald (born 1956) is an American political commentator, essayist, attorney and journalist. She is described as a secular conservative. She has advocated positions on numerous subjects including victimization, philanthropy, immigration reform and crime prevention. She is a Thomas W. Smith Fellow of the Manhattan Institute.

January 13, 2018

Former dean says Mizzou fired her for questioning racial quotas

A former dean is suing the University of Missouri School of Medicine, alleging that she was fired because of her race and for expressing skepticism of certain diversity initiatives. Dr. Rachel Brown claims that she began to face retaliation after she suggested that legal counsel review a proposal to impose racial quotas in admissions.

A former dean is suing the University of Missouri School of Medicine for wrongful termination, alleging that she was fired because of her race and skepticism of certain diversity initiatives.

Dr. Rachel Brown, former associate dean of recruitment, admission, and student life at MU’s medical school, filed a lawsuit against her former employer on December 18 in which she claims that race was a “contributing factor” in her termination.

After Mizzou’s infamous 2015 protests, followed by a 2016 accreditation review that “found deficiencies” in the School of Medicine’s diversity practices, Brown recommended that it seek “external consultation about the issues of diversity and inclusion.”

According her lawsuit, she argued at the time that “the diversity initiatives at the School of Medicine were fragmented and misaligned,” suggesting that “the single-minded pursuit of racial and ethnic minority applicants” posed both legal risks and moral problems.

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January 12, 2018

Jordan Peterson voted one of 2017’s Higher Ed Heroes

University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson took fifth place in the voting for 2017’s “Higher Ed Heroes.” Peterson has been a vocal defender of free speech, making him a veritable bete noir of progressives, who routinely protest his speeches. In one case, a teaching assistant was even reprimanded for showing a video of one of Peterson’s speeches in class, which her professor compared to “neutrally playing a speech by Hitler.”

Campus Reform is proud to announce that Jordan Peterson, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto, was selected by readers as one of the top five Higher Ed Heroes of 2017.

Peterson has been a ferocious defender of free speech in higher education and has become a prime target of liberal activists all around the country.

In fact, Peterson’s views were deemed so controversial that some academics went as far as to punish professors who discussed or featured his views in a classroom setting. As previously reported by Campus Reform, this is precisely what happened to one Canadian teaching assistant who was reprimanded by her professor for showing a video in class featuring Peterson.

Lindsay Shepherd, who is currently a graduate student at the Waterloo, Ontario school, reportedly played a video of a debate between Peterson and University of Toronto Sexual Diversity Studies program lecturer Nicholas Matte.

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January 11, 2018

Nebraska Sen. proposes bill to protect student journalists

A Nebraska state senator has introduced legislation designed to protect student journalists and their faculty advisors against retaliation from administrators. The legislation was made necessary by a 1988 Supreme Court ruling that deemed student publications to be “limited public forums” subject to censorship by the schools that sponsor them.

A Nebraska state senator has introduced legislation designed to protect student journalists and their faculty advisors against retaliation from administrators.

The “Student Journalism Protection Act,” introduced Monday by Democratic State Senator Adam Morfeld, would clarify that student media publications, including those related to class assignments, are entitled to the same First Amendment protections afforded to professional journalists, according to The Daily Nebraskan.

Specifically, the bill would protect student journalists from being disciplined by their school as result of their journalistic work, and would also prevent administrators from firing or otherwise retaliating against the faculty advisors of student publications for approving an article or editorial.

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January 9, 2018

Celebrating Marx at Carnegie Mellon University

At a great capitalist founded institution, Communism is being celebrated Red Square style.

Vladimir Lenin was said to have boasted that capitalists would give his communists the rope to hang them. The self-anointed keeper of the Marxist flame, co-namesake of history’s deadliest ideology — Marxism-Leninism — would have chortled at what’s happening at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In 2018, this prestigious university, named for two of history’s wealthiest capitalists, freshly infused with a huge quarter-billion-dollar-plus estate gift from industrialist William S. Dietrich II, and where students are hit for $70,000 per year, will be celebrating the birth of Karl Marx.

The year 2018 is Marx’s bicentennial, and his proponents at Carnegie Mellon are not forgetting. Quite the contrary, they are celebrating. And if you think “celebrating” might be too strong of a word, well, go online and watch the inaugural “Marx at 200” lecture (assuming it isn’t scrubbed from the website after this article appears), with opening remarks by the dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Richard Scheines, followed by presentations from faculty members Kathy Newman and David Shumway. A warning: if you’re a Carnegie Mellon student, alumnus, faculty member, board member, or donor who has friends and family that escaped the Iron Curtain, Fidel’s Cuba, Red China, Ceausescu’s Romania, Vietnam, Cambodia, or any other Marxist despotism, you will not be pleased.

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DOJ: Prof harassed white student over cultural appropriation

The California Department of Justice recently confirmed a white San Diego State University student’s complaints that she had been harassed by a professor for alleged “cultural appropriation.” Crystal Sudano said American Indian Studies lecturer Oscar Monge had called her “racist” for wearing a shirt depicting the school logo with a spear through it, and later threatened to lower her grade when she began digging into his Master’s thesis.

The California Department of Justice recently found that a San Diego State University lecturer harassed a white student and then retaliated against her for challenging his Master’s thesis.

Former student and recent SDSU graduate Crystal Sudano brought four discrimination complaints against American Indian Studies Lecturer Oscar “Ozzie” Monge, who has been at the forefront of efforts to retire the school’s “Aztec” mascot for the past several years.

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January 8, 2018

The Dead Letter of Modern Education

Nothing can save the academy but its demolition.

“Once,” said the Mock Turtle at last, with a deep sigh, “I was a real Turtle.” — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

In a recent article for American Thinker, “Why I Quit Teaching,” I listed three reasons that prompted me to abandon the teaching profession: unscrupulous administrators, degenerate teachers, and incompetent students. Of these, the latter was the most determinant. Annually grading some 2000 term papers, which chiefly consisted of the most arrant drivel imaginable — unintelligible grammar, stunted vocabularies, bovine inattentiveness, mental stupefaction, and monumental ignorance — I had come to fear, if not for my sanity, for my continued intellectual viability. How many years could I go on without cerebral rot setting in? I knew the time had come to flee the cortical gulag of modern education.

Some of my readers may accuse me of selfishness or cowardice, but I challenge these detractors to spend 30 years teaching the unteachable and emerge reasonably compos. I don’t place the blame for intellectual dereliction squarely on the students. Far too many are genuine, not imaginary, victims of lax and defective home environments, substandard public school education, cultural permissiveness, and political indoctrination. But the facts remain that they are old enough to vote, to go to war, and presumably to introspect; and that a teacher long exposed to such pervasive mental blackout must also consider his or her own survival.

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Heather Mac Donald: How Much More Delusional Can University Students Get? (Video)

In this clip, she talks about delusional university students who see a threat in anything even though they are the most privileged people. Until this victimhood complex stops, there can be no win for free speech.

January 6, 2018

Swedish scholars need international support amid systematic violations of academic freedom

Swedish academics need support from the international community at a time when their academic rights and social function are being questioned in their home country. Therefore, Academic Rights Watch, a Swedish watchdog, now launches an international site with a selection of cases where academics have had their rights violated. The first posting addresses the case of Senior Lecturer Johan Lundberg at Stockholm University, who was denied promotion to full professor after his criticism of identity politics and postmodernism.

Collegial decision-making is being rapidly dismantled and replaced by managers and line-of-command type governance. Freedom of speech has a weak position, freedom of information is threatened, and researchers’ right to choose their own research problems is questioned. The government maintains a strong political grip on all state institutions of higher education, leading to a poor level of institutional autonomy where Vice Chancellors are politically rather than academically appointed. Basically, all aspects of academic freedom are now at risk.

Unsurprisingly, surveys place Sweden in Europe’s bottom layer in terms of legal protection for academic freedom. An extensive recent study by British education specialist Professor Terence Karran (2017) put Sweden, alongside Hungary but also Denmark and the UK, far behind most other European countries. A study by the European University Association reached a similar conclusion.

The root causes are excessive political control, where universities are viewed as instruments for achieving economical and ideological goals, and the implementation of a radical managerial control system—New Public Management—in which there is little or no room for academic rights and professionalism. Also, meritocratic hiring of academic personnel is the exception rather than the rule, which has led to in-breading and further cemented a politicized educational system strongly influenced by left-wing ideology.

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January 4, 2018

To Junior High, High School Students & Their Parents – Jordan Peterson (Video)

In this video, I make a radical suggestion, preceded by a careful, detailed argument that this suggestion is justified.