Guest Post:I called for diversity of thought. My peers compared me to a neo-Nazi.


As I took part in a recent student leadership board meeting for the Department of Political Science at Boston University, a group that works to advise faculty on ways to improve, I offered some advice: the department could use more intellectual diversity.

I suggested more debates in the classroom, as opposed to what I had witnessed in my three years at the school, that being an assumption during class that everyone agrees.

I broached my idea after I had sat and respectfully listened to the ideas of others for an hour, but my peers, and a professor and an administrator in the room, were not about to return the favor.

One student chided me that “debate” was too aggressive of a word, that I should use “discussion” instead. Another student, a College Democrat in the room, then compared me to a well-known peer from Boston University who is often regarded as a neo-Nazi and who went to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, noting “he has sat here in these seats asking for intellectual diversity as well.”

I felt shocked and insulted. I waited to see if either the professor or administrator or any of the other students in the room would defend me. None did. One student suggested conservatives shouldn’t major in political science at Boston University, as they’d have a hard time. The room erupted in laughter.

I wish I could say I was surprised. But after years of experiencing liberal bias, both at Boston University as well as Lehigh University, where I attended before I transferred, it felt like just another day on campus.

To that end, there are plenty of anecdotes I could supply. Here are just a few.

As a freshman, or as the administration likes to say to avoid being sexist— as a “first-year”— I was required to take an English class. My instructor was a teaching assistant, but insisted we call her professor. The morning after President Trump won, she dismissed class early because she could not stop crying. Later that day, she sent out an email giving us information about a designated “safe space” on campus to commiserate the election results. Nevermind that my university has an entire police department to protect it.

During a course I took on political theory, my professor dedicated the entire chapter on fascism to President Trump. He constantly referred to Trump as a fascist, and brought up the Mueller investigation during each class session.

In my statistics class, my professor made an entire exam question that necessitated a final conclusion that Fox News is not a reliable news source. The chi-square test is a statistic that measures the “goodness of fit” between how well an observed distribution fits with the expected distribution. We were given the average amount of gun deaths that occur per year in the United States and the average amount of terrorist attacks that are perpetrated toward Americans per year. We were also given the amount of times CNN, MSNBC, ABC and Fox News reported on each of these issues, and the idea is that one would expect the news organizations to report on the respective issues a proportional amount. When one worked out the math, Fox News’ reporting ended up having the worst goodness of fit, and we had to write that meant they were the least reliable and most unbalanced.

In other courses, I’ve been forced to include my “pronouns” in my introductions at the beginning of the term. After revealing I’m Catholic, I’ve been asked if my priests ever “microaggressed” me. I’ve been told by a climate-alarmist professor that I would face consequences if I ever brought single-use plastic into his classroom.

Were these experiences kind of annoying because I just want to get my degree and not feel like I was sitting in on my professors’ therapy sessions? Yes. Do I feel oppressed? Not even close.

These experiences have given me a beautiful thing — they’ve helped ground me in my conservative beliefs. I’ve always had these values in me, but never cared to dig into them until they felt endangered.

The more my professors and peers mocked, challenged and disputed conservatism, the more time I spent studying and learning the counterarguments against their arguments. I watched videos, read books, listened to podcasts to hear another perspective, and even helped start a Young Americans for Freedom chapter.

Because of my experiences on campus, I have become the proud conservatarian I am today. To my professors and peers, I am certain this was not what you had intended, but thank you anyway.

MORE: I tried to debate a campus socialist. He told me to ‘F*** off.’

Comedian ‘of minority status’ refused gig when asked to sign’behavioural agreement’.

 

Comedian Konstantin Kisin turned down a lucrative university student union gig after being asked to sign a “behavioural agreement” restricting what he could do jokes about. The entertainer was warned about a “zero tolerance policy” on topics including racism, sexism and transphobia.

He had been invited to perform at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London,in an event  organised by university society Unicef on Campus. Konstantin told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat the experience reflects a growing trend of free speech becoming stifled by politically correct attitudes on university campuses across the UK.

The group has since apologised and the Students’ Union says it “believes fully in freedom of speech”.

He shared the “behavioural agreement form” online, saying the title “nearly made me puke. I just think it reflects an attitude among a group of people, people at university particularly, where it seems that they have become places of indoctrination rather than learning,” he said.

“Students are being taught to prevent offence rather than to seek truth and pursue experiences.

“Universities used to be all about that, but now it seems they’re places where students are being taught to be woke. I think it reflects a broader issue, where increasingly there are people who value safety, or what they perceive to be safety.”

The full list of topics listed by the organisers were “racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-atheism”.

The contract said: “It does not mean that these topics cannot be discussed. But it must be done in a respectful and non-abusive way.”‘

Schools Advised to Alert Social Services if Parents Stop Sons from Wearing Skirts

Council guidelines have advised schools that staff may need to alert social services if parents dismiss a “gender questioning” child’s demand to “transition”.
Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit” tells teachers “it may be necessary and advisable to activate safeguarding procedures” if worried about a child’s “wellbeing and or safety” when faced with a parent who says, “I refuse to allow my son to change his name or wear skirts.”

As The Telegraph pointed out on Thursday, the Department for Education’s (DfE) statutory guidance says that staff should refer a child to social services or police if the institution’s safeguarding lead has concerns about a child’s welfare.

Seems to us its schoolteachers that children need protection from rather than parents. These brainwashed idiots should not be allowed anywhere near young children the moment it is suspected they might use their position to advance an anto social, far left agenda.

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The Fascists Who Teach Our Children

Dying mum told she can’t take son out of school for last ever holiday together because it’s not ‘exceptional circumstances’

I’d worked out by the time I was about twelve that schoolteachers are sub human, stupid, self important losers. Little has happened in the last 58 years to persuade me to revise that opinion.

from The Currant Bun (verified)

A DYING mum was told she couldn’t take her son out of school for their last ever holiday together – because her terminal cancer wasn’t an “exceptional circumstance”.

Angela Rose wrote to her eight-year-old son Carlo’s school asking that he be granted leave of absence so they couldpupils,  share a last holiday together, explaining she may only have months to live. But bollock – headed school chiefs refused her request, saying leave could only be granted to pupils in “exceptional circumstances.”

Angela was diagnosed with breast cancer 14 months ago but within weeks the cancer had spread to her bones and brain, with doctors telling her she only had between one and two years to live.

She said: “If a dying 36-year-old mum wanting to take her boy on holiday for one last time isn’t an exceptional case then I dread to think what is.”

Stanton Middle School, in Milton Keynes, Bucks, has since apologised and performed a U-turn to allow Carlos, who has a 98 per cent attendance record, to have one final holiday with his mum after it was contacted by Milton Keynes Council.

Unfortunately nobody has been fired. In a civilised country the head, assistant head and senior staff would have been stripped naked, thrown on tumbrils and paraded through the streets.

 

Universities warned of ‘creeping segregation’ as Sheffield launches LGBT-only student halls

UK Universities have been given a warning about an emerging trend of what is referred to as “creeping segregation” on campus as University of Sheffield became the nation’s first to offer student housing where only gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students are allowed to live.

Sheffield University announced it will provide a number of LGBT-only student apartments in September to provide “safe space for students to be themselves”. The university has had 30 enquiries so far and already has plans to expand the number available for next year.

The move has been prompted by concerns from student union leaders that gay and trans students will be targets of “bullying and harassment” in mainstream accommodation. A report from surveys of this year’s under graduates found that 42 percent of LGBT students claim they are forced to conceal their sexuality at university, and 33 percent have received “negative comments” from other students.

But the director of the country’s largest student accommodation service criticised the plan as a form of “segregation” which will ghettoise gay youth and divide student communities.

The Daily Stirrer thinks taxpayer’s (whose money funds universities) have a right to expect university students to concentrate on their academic life, their sex lives are nobody else’s concern. If the current generation of Gay BLTs did not spend so much time getting in people’s faces and yelling about their sexuality they might find they get a better reception from the heterosexual community.

Universities warned of ‘creeping segregation’ as Sheffield launches LGBT-only student halls

UK Universities have been given a warning about an emerging trend of what is referred to as “creeping segregation” on campus as University of Sheffield became the nation’s first to offer student housing where only gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students are allowed to live.

White working class children ‘lack aspiration and drive’ of migrant communities, says Ofsted chief
Children from white working class families can the “lack the aspiration and drive” of migrant communities, Amanda Spielman of Education overserr Ofstead cited analysis from the Department for Education (DfE) which showed that schools in these areas struggle to recruit teachers and have challenges with capacity.
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Student sues University for ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree that hasn’t boosted her career

A disgruntled graduate is suing her university after claiming that two years of study at £9000 per year plus attendant living expenses has left her with nothing more than a “Mickey Mouse” degree that has proved useless in advancing her career. Despite graduating with a first. Pok Wong is suing Anglia Ruskin University for more than £60,000.


Government Fails Jewish School Over Lack of ‘Correct’ LGBT Teaching

A Jewish girls’ school in London has been failed for a third time by Education Department inspectors who claim it fell short of requirements set out in the Equalities Act to teach LGBT principles in general and homosexuality/gender reassignment issues in particular. The equalities act, you may remember is a pernicious piece of legislation pushed through by …

Academics Warn Politically Correct Universities ‘Are Killing Free Speech’

Free speech is under attack from politicians and minority rights activists, but when universities start censoring ideas, society is in trouble. So what is going on when speakers who have challenged the politically correct consensus are denied a platform to speak on unrelated topics.

New UK ‘Living Wage’ Rules Making Businesses Reluctant To Hire
Concerns about a new, higher UK minimum wage (Chancellor George Osborne’s ‘living wage’ are making UK businesses reluctant to hire new staff. Uncertainty about the ‘living wage’ rules is contributing to a significant slowdown in hiring via recruitment firms, according to recruitment industry sources >>>

Tacit Approval From US Liberals For Islamic Indoctrination In US Schools.

Some schools in US State Of Virginia are closed today, because parents objected to Islamic indoctrination by the state education system. The US Constitution’s clauses on the separation of church and state forbid the promotion of any specific religious teaching, in fact US liberals tend to get their knickers in a twist over signs in classrooms that show the motto “In God we trust.”

New UK ‘Living Wage’ Rules Making Businesses Reluctant To Hire
Concerns about a new, higher UK minimum wage (Chancellor George Osborne’s ‘living wage’ are making UK businesses reluctant to hire new staff. Uncertainty about the ‘living wage’ rules is contributing to a significant slowdown in hiring via recruitment firms, according to recruitment industry sources >>>

Eight Subjects That Ought To Be Part Of The Manadtory Curriculum For Basic Education?

Should subjects like meditation and gardening be part of the school currriculum? Or as one high school in Massachusetts, USA, seems to believe, classes in analyzing conspiracy theories (if taught properly this could help students distinguish between a true conspiracy theory, a fantasy and what is legitimate questioning of official propaganda. The embedded article from Collective Evolution presents some interesting ideas.

Students censored – An Academic Community In A Crisis Of Collectivism.

Intellectual freedom in our universities is under threat from … intellectuals. So overbearing have the left wing screechers of bourgeois politically correct leftism now become that even the universities have surrendered to the intellectual control freakery of cultural Marxism. But if universities are now dedicated to turning out dull minded conformists, what hope is there for western society?

Who Should Make Decision About Childrens’ Welfare, Parents Or Authoritarian Left Wing Schoolteachers?

We like stories about bureaucrats abusing their authority and about schoolteachers (especiall head teachers) letting their inner fascist out of the closet. So a story than combines both, like this tale of a South Yorkshire primary school head who banned packed lunches because out of concern for ‘her’ children’s welfare she wanted them to have no alternative to the nutrition free slop served by the school kitchen.

Poor white pupils put off school by multicultural timetable

Education, should it be about learning to read, write, spell and calculate? Or should it be about feminism, gay rights, black history and ‘gender awareness’ whatever that is? For many years we have had multiculturalism and politically correct thinking rammed doiwn pupils throats but noe a study by a local education department suggests this obsession with politicallly corret diversity is responsible for the failure of white working class pupils.

 
Academic staff and students march to protest tuition fees, on March 14, 2018. Credit: Barcroft Media 

by Tom Welsh, Telegraph

To say that Britain has a genuinely competitive university system is a simple lie. The best undergraduate degrees cost much the same as the worst. Universities have little interest in the employability of their graduates, since they receive the fees regardless of whether the student goes on to pay off their loan. Evidence of massive grade inflation, highlighted in yet another report last week, or of courses offering scant return on investment has not broken the back of the tired assumption that success in life is determined by a piece of paper.

It is also a pretence that universities are independent. The paradox is that, even as grants from the state have fallen, dirigisme and regulatory interference have intensified, with the latest example being the threat of sanctions for universities not meeting ministers’ expectations over student diversity. While they are often private institutions, universities act effectively as arms of the state, propped up by a funding mechanism that encourages them to churn out graduates of dubious quality, who go on to infect society with their disappointment.

What might we do differently? The current review into higher education funding assumes more of the same, and the Tories will never be able to outbid Labour’s lunatic offer for the government to pay for half the population to take a degree. But there is an alternative: universities should reclaim their independence from the state and privatise themselves.

It would encourage them to think differently about their finance. The student loans system is poisonous, requiring high interest rates because so many graduates never earn enough to pay back the cost of their education. Private institutions like the Lambda School in the US, however, show what creativity and autonomy can achieve. Students pay nothing upfront but sell “equity” in their future salaries to the school. It creates a direct link between the student’s future performance and what the institution receives, and it better reflects the fact that investing in education is risky. You pay nothing back if you never get a good job, but without the psychological burden of an unpayable debt.

Perhaps there are better ideas, but they won’t materialise without competitive pressure. For we should also want some universities to fail. A complacent education establishment seems ill-inclined to offer anything new or distinctive in their courses, or to tackle the anti-Enlightenment ideas leaking out of campuses.

For the majority of students, “micro-aggressions” and victim culture are as mystifying as for the rest of us, but they are poorly served by university chiefs culturally attuned to see risk as a dirty word and who thereby prefer to capitulate to a mob-like minority than defend their customers’ interests.

Privatised universities are no silver bullet: Harvard is being sued for admissions policies that discriminate against Asian-Americans, for example. But the current situation bakes in complacency and mediocrity, leaving taxpayers on the hook for billions in unpaid loans. Surely our “world class” universities can do better than that?

Medical Student Stabs Lover – career hopes ruined?

Lavinia Woodward looking demure outside the court (Picture: Daily Telegraph)

Oxford University medical student Lavinia Woodward attacked her then partner after drinking at her university accommodation at Christ Church college in 2016.

The 25-year-old was given a 10-month prison term suspended for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court in September last year after admitting unlawful wounding, but challenged her sentence at the Court of Appeal on Friday.

Judges rejected her appeal, prompting her lawyer to tell the court Woodward has accepted she will never fulfill her ambition of becoming a heart surgeon.k

That’s a bit harsh I think, if she wanted to be a heart surgeon, stabbing her lover could be considered work experience.

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