Category Archives: Education

October 24, 2017

Camille Paglia: Public Schools Creating Students Who ‘Know Nothing’ (Video)

Outspoken feminist Camille Paglia says the current generation of hyper-sensitive, safety-seeking college students was gradually created by the downward spiral of public education that has left them ignorant of history and geography and focused, instead, on viewing America as an evil nation.

In a discussion with American Enterprise Institute (AEI) scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, Paglia said:

What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind. No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out. They have no sense whatever of destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on, and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization, etc. So they now are being taught to look around them to see defects in America – which is the freest country in the history of the world – and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!

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October 15, 2017

Chinese Government intrusion into Western universities sparks push for collective action (Video)

The fear of Chinese Government intrusion into Western universities is sparking a push by Australia’s closest allies for a more coordinated response to Beijing’s aggressive tactics.

The fear of Chinese Government intrusion into Western universities is sparking a push by Australia’s closest allies for a more coordinated response to Beijing’s aggressive tactics.

Having observed attacks on academic freedoms in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — discussions have begun in diplomatic and security circles about whether the Five Eyes intelligence partners should respond collectively to the threat, so there are no “weak links” which can be exploited.

So far nothing formal has been proposed but senior national security figures have told the ABC Australia is taking a “leading role” in publicly highlighting the situation.

The concerns over China’s activities were brought starkly into focus last week in a rare public speech by the head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson, who warned Australian universities needed to be resilient to foreign interference.

“The silencing of anyone in our society from students to lecturers to politicians is an affront to our values,” Ms Adamson told the Confucius Institute at Adelaide University.

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October 12, 2017

Study: Majority of college students hostile to free speech

A new study released by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) confirms what many have long believed: college students don’t respect the First Amendment. The survey of more than 1,000 college students found that 56% support disinviting controversial speakers, while a 48% plurality believe that “hate speech” is not constitutionally protected.

A new study released by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) confirms what many have long believed: college students don’t respect the First Amendment.

According to the survey, which FIRE calls “the most comprehensive survey on students’ attitudes about free speech to date,” a majority of college students self-censor during classroom discussions and support the disinvitation of controversial speakers, while a plurality even believe that hate speech is not constitutionally protected.

FIRE, with the help of nonpartisan research firm YouGov, surveyed 1,250 undergraduates between May 25 and June 8, finding that 48 percent of respondents think that hate speech should not be protected by the First Amendment, including 13 percent who associate hate speech with violence, while only 46 percent recognize that it is.

Meanwhile, 56 percent of those surveyed support disinviting certain speakers, with Democratic students responding affirmatively 19 percentage points more often than their Republican peers.

Notably, FIRE found that students who identified as “very liberal” were 14 percentage points more likely to express feeling comfortable sharing their opinions in class than were conservative respondents, though 54 percent of all students admitted to self-censoring in class at some point throughout their college careers, and 29 percent said they have even self-censored on campus outside of the classroom.

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October 6, 2017

‘Diversity educators’ fear ‘burnout’ from ‘microaggressions’

A recent academic journal article warns that “diversity educators” often suffer from “burnout and compassion fatigue” due to “the emotional weight” of their jobs, particularly at “predominantly white institutions.” The authors suggest that administrators “publicly and symbolically recognize the work of diversity educators,” for instance by raising their pay to a level “commensurate to this position.”

A group of professors recently warned college administrators that “diversity educators” risk “burnout and compassion fatigue” from “the emotional weight” of their jobs.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte professor Ryan Miller and six colleagues from the University of North Texas recently interviewed seven diversity educators from a “predominantly white research institution” for a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, reporting that many of the subjects described suffering from “compassion fatigue,” “burnout,” or “racial battle fatigue” from their microaggression prevention efforts.

This burnout is caused by diversity educators’ “consistent exposure to various microaggressions” from unruly students, Miller explains, noting that microaggressions have been conceptualized by some scholars “as forms of assault and torture.”

According to the article, there is a “gradual wearing down of individuals entrenched in the work of helping others as diversity educators,” especially for microaggression prevention workers.

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October 3, 2017

Evergreen State College Sanctions 80 Students, Debuts ‘Free Speech Guide’

The school is desperately trying to recover after dramatic enrollment drop.

Evergreen State College doled out punishments to 80 students they say were involved in an incident last spring that led to a schoolwide shutdown and a million dollar legal settlement.

They’ve also issued a handbook to students explaining, in great detail, how to handle the concept of “free speech” and what students should do if they encounter an opposing viewpoint (hint: it’s not riot until the school shuts down and harass a professor and his wife out of their jobs).

Evergreen is facing both a budget and an enrollment crisis since students attacked Professor Bret Weinstein last May, alleging that he was “racist” for choosing not to participate in an event designed to show the impact of minority students on campus — but would have required all white students and faculty to stay home. Students became so enraged at the incident that they seized control of campus facilities, driving off campus safety officers and forcing the school to shut down for several days.

Just last month, Weinstein and his wife, also a professor, settled with the school for half a million dollars, in a lawsuit that alleged Evergreen students had interfered with the teacher’s right to free speech and his academic and intellectual freedoms.

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September 30, 2017

Prof: ‘meritocracy’ is a ‘whiteness ideology’

A Pennsylvania State University-Brandywine professor thinks college faculty need to do more to undermine their students’ belief in “meritocracy” and the value of “hard work.” The students are “are socialized to believe that we got to where we are…because of our own individual efforts,” according to the prof, who wants colleagues to stop “perpetuating and reifying whiteness.”

A Pennsylvania State University-Brandywine professor criticized her students’ belief in “meritocracy” and “hard work” in an academic article published Thursday.

Angela Putman, who teaches public speaking at Penn State-Brandywine, designed a comprehensive three-day seminar on “white privilege” for her students, then interviewed 12 attendees on their belief in meritocracy and equal opportunity.

To her dismay, Putman discovered that these “whiteness ideologies” were widely endorsed by students, many of whom agreed that “if I work hard, I can be successful” and that “everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve success.”

Dismissing meritocracy as a mere social construct, Putman argues that students “are socialized to believe that we got to where we are… because of our own individual efforts,” especially in classroom settings.

“Thus, whiteness ideologies may be reproduced through a general acceptance and unchallenging of norms, as well as through everyday discourse from a wide variety of racial positionalities,” she adds.

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September 28, 2017

Reed College Students Shutdown Classes In Protest of Western Civilization Course As “Harmful” (Video)

Professor Elizabeth Drumm, the Hum 110 program chair, is heard that the beginning of the video below saying “I’m sorry, this is a classroom space and this is not appropriate.” While protest organizers, Addison Bates, Alex Boyd, and Tiffany Chang were told that they were banned from attending the lecture in the future, no other action is known to have been taken against the students in denying the other students the right to attend the class — or the right of the faculty to conduct their classes.

We have previously discussed protests against literature and philosophy courses due to their reliance on white male authors from ancient Greece to the Enlightenment. The latest such protest is occurring at Reed College where students called “Reedies Against Racism” are protesting a required humanities class that explores founding works from ancient Greece and Rome. Requiring freshman to read such works is being denounced as “really harmful.” I have long been an advocate of the core curriculum and Western Civilization works (a love for these works that began as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago which helped establish the core curriculum or great works model).

“Reedies Against Racism” wants “Humanities 110 – Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean” to be “reformed to represent the voices of people of color.” Alex Boyd, a Reedies Against Racism organizer, is quoted as saying:

“The course in its current iteration draws from predominantly white authors and relies heavily on the notion that Western customs are the most civilized because they are derived from those of ancient Greeks and Romans who are considered the inventors of civilization.”

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September 22, 2017

Curt Schilling: ESPN & Disney Are Pushing an ‘Intolerant’ Liberal Agenda (Video)

“The lack of respect for our flag, for our patriots, for our country is mind-boggling to me. But then you look at the liberal education system and the narrative it’s pushing and you understand why.”

On “Fox & Friends” this morning, former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling weighed in on the controversy surrounding “SportsCenter” host Jemele Hill.

Hill tweeted last week that President Donald Trump is a “white supremacist” who is “unfit and unqualified” to be commander-in-chief.

ESPN said Hill’s comments do not represent the position of the network, but they took no action against her for her comments, which has led to criticism.

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September 20, 2017

Student exposes prof’s ‘astonishing’ anti-Trump diatribes

An exasperated student at Bridgewater State University decided Monday to expose her professor’s extensive rants against President Trump and his supporters. After noticing that Professor Garrett Nichols assigned readings that “emphasized Obama and Bill Clinton and even made fun of Bush,” Alyssa Hood discovered several “astonishing” anti-Trump posts on his Facebook page. In one post, shortly after the 2016 election, Nichols declared “F**k Donald Trump,” and “F**k ANYONE who voted for Donald Trump.”

An exasperated student at Bridgewater State University decided Monday to expose her professor’s extensive rants against President Trump and his supporters.

Alyssa Hood, a junior at Bridgewater State, told Campus Reform that she noticed that her reading assignments for a course taught by Professor Garrett Nichols “emphasized Obama and Bill Clinton and even made fun of Bush,” explaining that she “put two and two together [when she] started getting into the reading assignments and realized that he was definitely a Democrat.”

Hood then decided to check out Nichols’ public Facebook profile, discovering a series of astonishing tweets that corresponded closely with her experience in class.

“A classroom is somewhere politics should be left out of but it hasn’t been and it has been clear in our readings and some class discussion as well as publicly posting on Facebook!” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Way to go Bridgewater for creating an uncomfortable learning environment brought on by one of your own Professors!”

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September 19, 2017

Pro-Antifa students give the finger to victims of communism

The president of the Clemson University chapter of the far-left Students for a Democratic Society group recently posed for a social media photo waving an Antifa flag in front of the Victims of Communism Memorial. Other posts show multiple middle fingers being raised toward the monument, presenting a revealing look at the sentiments that SDS members continue to hold.

Antifa-supporting students from Clemson University recently expressed their political sentiments by openly mocking the Victims of Communism Memorial on social media.

“Victims of Communism Memorial (2017),” and “#NewProfilePic,” Clemson Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) President Dawn Lifsey captioned a photo, via Facebook and Twitter respectively, waving an Antifa flag in front of the memorial.

Responding to the photo on both platforms, Lifsey wrote, “This is the victims of communism memorial btw lmao,” explaining that the Antifa flag was borrowed, “from folks who were at the Juggalo March for this hilarious purpose.”

Additionally, Lifsey posted a photo of several unknown individuals giving the middle finger to the memorial, which is dedicated to “the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.”

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