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The Left wants us all dumbed down

Leftists now claim “gifted” math classes are racist and must be halted nationwide

Cacey Wells, a teaching professor at the University of Oklahoma, wants to get rid of all advanced math classes designed for “gifted” students because he believes they’re inherently racist and promote “academic apartheid.”

According to Wells, placing more adept students into higher-level math classes based on their abilities is a form of “capitalist exploitation and settler colonialism,” a designation that’s supposed to sound really “smart,” but that’s nothing more than a rhetorical hodgepodge of anti-white, left-wing gobbledygook.

In a recent study he wrote, entitled, “Understand Issues Associated With Tracking Students in Mathematics Education” and published in the Columbia University journal Mathematics Education, Wells openly condemns even the mere tracking of individual students and their academic performance as a way to assess which math classes they belong in, claiming that doing so promotes white supremacy.

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University’s ‘Anti-Bullying’ Conference Focuses Primarily on ‘Microaggressions’

“Microaggressions are the most common form of bullying”

If the worst thing you have to worry about is microaggressions, you’re better off than most people.

The College Fix reports:

Campus administrators trained to halt ‘microassaults, microinsults and microinvalidations’

The University of Buffalo’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention held its annual conference on Tuesday, and it focused primarily on the role of microaggressions in the classroom.

Yolanda Flores Niemann, a professor of psychology at the University of North Texas and a former dean, gave the keynote address that lasted three hours with a 15-minute break in the middle.

The address, titled “The Everyday Bullying of Microaggressions: Recognizing and Intervening,” intended to give the audience — mostly campus administrators from K-12 schools as well as colleges — the ability to learn to recognize microaggressions, understand how they constitute part of bullying, understand their psychological consequences, and respond to them.

Microaggressions are the most common form of bullying, Niemann said.

“Students that sit right next to each other can have different realities,” she said.

She said everyone experiences microaggressions, and that even white people can experience microaggressions from assumptions that all white people are racist, for example.

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80 Percent Of Americans Think Political Correctness Is A National Problem

Contrary to a common narrative, majorities of Americans of all ages, income levels, and racial backgrounds strongly oppose political correctnesss.

“Progressive activists are the only group that strongly backs political correctness: Only 30 percent see it as a problem,” wrote Harvard University lecturer Yascha Mounk in an overview of the poll results at The Atlantic.

Compared with the rest of the (nationally representative) polling sample, progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated—and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year. They are nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree. And while 12 percent of the overall sample in the study is African American, only 3 percent of progressive activists are. With the exception of the small tribe of devoted conservatives, progressive activists are the most racially homogeneous group in the country.

It has been well-established that a U.S. college degree doesn’t add any economic value to graduates, on average. Instead, it “signals” that the credential-bearer is the kind of person who will meet basic work standards: Shows up on time, works steadily enough, is compliant enough. In other words, it is an expensive ticket to workforce entry. This study reinforces that U.S. higher education also signals — and likely increases — ideological alignment with the political left. It is a gatekeeper to a certain cultural club.

That cultural club’s exclusivity is extremely apparent to the people who don’t consider themselves part of it. That would be a supermajority of Americans. If the 2016 election didn’t do this — and it obviously didn’t — realizing this is important to the long-term political success of the Democratic Party, which increasingly behaves as if the cultural norms of the 8 percent of “progressive activist” Americans should be shoved down the rest of the country’s throat.

> http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/12/80-percent-of-americans-think-political-correctness-is-a-national-problem/

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National Bugle Radio with Patrick Slattery 10.22.18

13:18, 22.Oct 2018

MP3 : http://media.blubrry.com/rbn/s/content.blubrry.com/rbn/stream_2018-10-22_185951.mp3

Patrick Slattery and Mark Collett talk about the fallacy of equality, the institutionalized anti-white discrimination in elite universities,

...and the subsidization of Muslim high birthrates in the U.K.

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A great takedown on the Grievance culture fostered at Universities by Womens Studies departments

The Anti-Feminist Professor (Janice Fiamengo Full Interview)

 

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Shut them Down!  Fire the Marxists!

Cultural Marxism Update: Colleges Add ‘Diversity’ Programs But Diversity of Viewpoints From Communist Orthodoxy Remain Low, Professors Warn

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Scholars argue both sides of an argument should be provided a platform on campuses

Ilana Redstone Akresh, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is scheduled to teach a course this spring semester called: “Bigots and Snowflakes: Living in a World Where Everyone Else Is Wrong.”

The class will involve readings from both sides of the political spectrum to give students perspective on multiple viewpoints. “The goal of the course is to introduce students to a way of thinking that teaches the importance of a dispassionate examination of multiple perspectives and of thinking critically in all aspects of their education and beyond,” its syllabus states.

Akresh has called it a unique course that tackles the social pressure to not express certain opinions.

“There are certain norms in place that if you have those questions, then you’re not supposed to say that, because then you are either justifying it or are sexist,” Akresh said in a recent interview with the Daily Illini campus newspaper.

“We’re pulling back the curtain a little bit to say that we need to have an honest discussion about it and not to brand people to see what else can be a part of it.”

Akresh is not alone in her concern that open and free intellectual debate and academic inquiry is stagnating at institutions designed to allow such conversations to flourish.

She recently co-wrote a column in The Chronicle of Higher Education along with UCLA engineering and public policy Professor John Villasenor about the problem. Headlined “3 Ways That Colleges Suppress a Diversity of Viewpoints,” the two scholars pointed out that even as colleges add more diversity programs, a diversity of viewpoints is at an all time low.

“As colleges adopt an ever-growing array of diversity programs, one form is still in woefully short supply, with little effort being directed toward a remedy: diversity of viewpoints. The lack of an array of freely voiced perspectives on social and political issues is buttressed by a strict set of largely unwritten rules constraining the opinions that can be expressed on campuses, the research that can be performed, the discussions that can be held,” the article stated.

“The problem, of course, is not the very existence of social media, but rather that when pressured by social-media mobs (or in-person mobs convened by social media), colleges and academic journals often fail to practice what they preach: Academic freedom exists and needs protection precisely because there are opinions that can both generate offense and have value. This does not mean that all offensive ideas have value. But it does mean that the value of an idea cannot be judged solely on the basis of whether it offends,” it added.

The article took on one sacrosanct belief among left-leaning scholars “that disparate outcomes across groups can be due only to discrimination.” When broken down, this belief is essentially the idea that if a person is not good at something it is because of their cultural background and not because of that individual person’s preferences or abilities.

A consequence of this school of thought is that it has become “perilous to praise the concept of meritocracy,” Akresh and Villasenor wrote.

Several years ago, the University of California system published a list of microaggressions. One such microaggression was: “I think the most qualified person should get the job.”

(Damn these PC-idiots for operating this way!)

In an interview with The College Fix, Professor Villasenor said “meritocracy is simply a term used to describe a decision based on merit. Sometimes it is a fraught term.”

Another key point in the article is the emphasis on absolute good and absolute bad.

“When the world is divided this way, praise and condemnation are mutually exclusive, with no room to acknowledge the possibility that sometimes both are merited,” it stated.

Villasenor, in his interview, acknowledged how hard it is to take a different stance on issues, citing the social pressures of adhering to the prominent viewpoints on and around a campus.

When asked if he was afraid of backlash due to his critical stance on the suppression of ideas, similar to the way former UCLA lecturer Keith Fink claims he was fired by UCLA administration for espousing conservative views in the classroom, Villasenor responded: “I’m not saying anything radical. I think that both sides of an argument can be valid and both should be heard. I don’t see how that could be a problem.”

He cited Akresh’s class as an example of a positive development.

“More classes like Professor Akresh’s are great, but I think there should be a diversity of viewpoints in all classes, not only classes specifically about viewpoint diversity,” he said. “We should read materials from both sides.”

MORE: Heterodox Academy combats lack of viewpoint diversity in higher ed

 

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They are Dying in England

At least three English universities 'on the 'verge of bankruptcy'

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Three English universities are on the verge of bankruptcy, research has found.

Other educational institutions are also struggling, surviving only by resorting to short-term loans, the i has claimed.

The three worst affected universities are facing financial disaster because of increased competition for students, falling numbers of 18-year-olds, and a drop in international student numbers because of tougher immigration controls.

One of the three is thought to be located in the North West, and the other two on the south coast.

One institution is already thought to be in insolvency talks.

>https://uk.news.yahoo.com/least-three-english-universities-verge-bankruptcy-others-struggling-survive-083805379.html

What about: Lack of Cost control, and Buyer Resistance due to low quality of the product?
 

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Sexuality course ditches men and women for ‘people with penises’ and ‘people with vaginas’

An educational psychology course at the University of Texas-Austin doesn’t see students as women or men.

The class taught by clinical psychologist Michael Parent sees them as “people with vaginas” and “people with penises,” or PwVs and PwPs for short.

Human Sexuality is a popular upper-division elective credit at UT. It teaches that gender and sex are societal constructs and sexuality is on a spectrum. Parent also normalizes the idea that some prepubescent children who identify as the opposite sex can begin medically transitioning.

The professor recently told students that children as young as 7 should not be stopped from taking gender hormones.

That way they can “pass better” as the opposite sex as they grow older, Parent said. For example, these hormones can prevent PwPs from “developing facial hair and a masculine jaw.”

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I am appalled that tax-payer funds might be used for such lunacy

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THE BRAINWASHING of Americans starts in school

LEFTIST GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS OF BRAINWASHING:

High School Vocabulary Exam Question Portrays Conservatives as Bigoted, Anti-Immigrant, Sexists

The exam was a fill-in-the-blank style and the question under scrutiny was seeking use of the word “volte-face,” meaning an abrupt and complete reversal of attitude.

One of the students taking the exam is a founding member of the school’s Republican club.

Imagine his surprise when he stumbled upon question 7, which read:

“Right when it appeared the nation was becoming increasingly tolerant of alternative lifestyles, immigration, and minorities, the vocal and angry right-wing forced the nation to make a complete ________, embracing bigotry, xenophobia, and sexism.”

After she posted an image of the questions, the mother received feedback from other parents who agreed the wording was out of line.

School officials seemingly agreed as well, saying they were handling the matter internally and adding the teacher should remember the “importance of exercising good judgment when facilitating subjects that are of sensitive nature.”

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The anti-Right hate-festering Bigot that wrote such a thing needs to be exposed as...

A Grievance-seeker & Liar... Fired immediately, and left with few career options in teaching.

The left wing idiot can flip burgers at McD perhaps

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Dinesh Destroys!  Fat Ugly protesting witches (& pencil-necked soy boys)

Protestors get a taste of their own medicine at American University

 

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Did 1968 Win the Culture War? ... What ruined Universities?

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Outside Grant Park in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention, August 26, 1968. (Library of Congress)
The political and cultural agenda from that turbulent period has long been institutionalized.

Fifty years ago this year, the ’60s revolution sought to overturn American customs, traditions, ideology, and politics.

The ’60s radicals eventually grew older, cut their hair, and joined the establishment. Most thought their revolution had fizzled out in the early 1970s without much effect, as Americans returned to “normal.”

But maybe the ’60s, not the silent majority, won out after all. The world a half-century later looks a lot more like 1968 and what followed than what preceded it.

Before the campus turmoil of the late ’60s, there were almost no “studies” courses in the college curriculum. The ancient idea still persisted that the university was obligated to teach philosophy, literature, languages, science, math, and the professions — along with the inductive method to use such knowledge to make sense of things.

Yet the impatient ’60s threw out that disinterested notion as quaint, naïve, and a roadblock to utopia. The campus instead became a center of deductive progressive activism. Updated “studies” courses now train students to think according to political correctness rather than empirically.

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Weissberg: Why Do College Administrators Lie About Race?

Americans generally take a dim view of lying and liars. We venerate George-“I cannot tell a lie—Washington and those giving testimony in court must swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth and those lying under oath risk being be found guilty of perjury, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison in federal cases. Particularly relevant is how universities punish those falsifying research. All in all, while deceitfulness may be ubiquitous in today’s morally challenged environment, mendacity has yet to become a valued cultural norm.

Why, then, do so many university administrators, including presidents at elite schools, tell bold-faced lies regarding race-related issues?

. . . climbing up today’s administrative ladder entails serial lying with winning job candidates telling the most outrageous lies in the shortest time. Makes perfect sense since recruitment committees typically include representatives of campus grievance groups whose support is non-negotiable (grievance groups exercise a so-called “Polish Veto”). So many aggrieved constituencies, so little time and only a second-raters would just allude to the Queer Studies Department and stop at that; the winner in this mendacity derby would insist that Queer Studies is vital to the university’s historic mission and as President he/she would increase its funding. The upshot is, of course, that schools will hire only the best serial liars—no amateurs need apply.

The University of Chicago’s Robert Maynard Hutchins once opined that his job was to provide football for the alums, parking for the faculty and sex for the undergraduates. Today, perhaps second only to fund-raising, the university’s president’s paramount job is to keep the peace, and this often entails lying with great sincerity and this is especially true if grievances are inconsequential. Woe to the administrator who fails to give an Oscar-winning performance when campus Hispanics riot when served enchiladas prepared by white hillbillies in the school’s cafeteria.

 

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IDIOCY!

JBP demolishes the Notion of White Privilege - & the poor thinking from University Departments that hatched the crazy idea

Jordan Peterson debunking "mad ideologies" and gets a standing ovation

 

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College Bubble Update: Peter Thiel Tells Student Journalists a ‘Reformation’ is Coming in Higher Education:

‘Universities Today are as Corrupt as the Catholic Church of 500 Years Ago’

Peter Thiel predicts ‘reformation’ of higher education in speech to student journalists

Peter Thiel is an optimist.

Standing before a room full of nearly 100 right-of-center student journalists on Friday night, he told the crowd “we are not on the losing side of history.”

But a “reformation” needs to happen first, the billionaire tech mogul and libertarian philanthropist said.

“Universities today are as corrupt as the Catholic Church of 500 years ago,” Thiel said.

During his speech, he spoke of an academia that has shut down debate, excommunicated conservative scholars, and insisted a college degree is the only way to “salvation,” that being a good job and solid future.

“The reformation is going to happen,” Thiel added, noting it won’t come from within, but from the “outside.”

Thiel made the comments in a keynote speech at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Collegiate Network editors’ conference. The group funds independent and conservative-minded campus news outlets at universities across the nation, and Thiel is an alumnus of the 39-year-old nonprofit, founding the Stanford Review in the late 1980s.

Thiel is no stranger to criticism of higher education. He’s famous for his program that has students skip college or drop out to follow their entrepreneurial dreams with a grant.

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Why the Hell Not? Stanford Tells College Republicans They Can’t Use Donor to Pay $19,000 Security Fee for Dinesh D’Souza

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Grievance studies callled out here

Heather MacDonald warns US colleges are breeding hate

 

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The Next Generation Of “America’s Thought Police” Is Being Birthed On Our College Campuses

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If you want to understand the zeal with which social media platforms are now being censored, all you have to do is to look at what has been happening on our college campuses. There is a national movement to combat “offensive speech”, and this movement has been working very hard “to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense”. And these days, just about anything that you might say or think is probably going to deeply offend someone.

It can be tempting to laugh at how ridiculous our college students have become, but it is imperative to remember that these students all eventually enter the real world, and many of them end up in positions of power.  And from those positions of power, they can make life extremely uncomfortable for all the rest of us.  The “social media purge” is a perfect example of this, and the censorship of speech is only going to become more widespread as time goes on.  The next generation of “America’s thought police” is rising, and they intend to make sure that the future belongs to the politically correct.

Some recent campus actions border on the surreal. In April, at Brandeis University, the Asian American student association sought to raise awareness of microaggressions against Asians through an installation on the steps of an academic hall. The installation gave examples of microaggressions such as “Aren’t you supposed to be good at math?” and “I’m colorblind! I don’t see race.” But a backlash arose among other Asian American students, who felt that the display itself was a microaggression. The association removed the installation, and its president wrote an e-mail to the entire student body apologizing to anyone who was “triggered or hurt by the content of the microaggressions.”

We are rapidly getting to the point in this country where a large portion of the population will be deathly afraid of saying or doing anything the least bit controversial for fear that someone might be “offended”.

I find your being offended to be highly offensive!

 
Suggestion: Ban the word "micro-aggression", and automatically accuse of Hate-Speech anyone who uses it

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VALUE for Money - Or Buyers' remorse?

US Student Loan Debt Hits Record $1,460,000,000,000

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Dave Rubin and Gad Saad: Patreon and Embattled Academics

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America’s universities little more than training grounds for the next generation of thought police

Colleges were once places of scholarly pursuits, but the educational institutions of the United States have fallen prey to the authoritarian Left’s political agenda. Now, universities are nothing more than “training grounds” for the leftist regime — and the youth of today are being indoctrinated, set to become the thought police of tomorrow. College students today are increasingly intolerant of speech that they dislike, claiming they’ve been “offended” every time someone expresses an opinion contrary to their own.

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Prof Peterson is "on the case" - with a Panel

Interview with the grievance studies hoaxers

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"They don't trust TRUTH any longer"

Vengence & Victimization are the Fruits of our deeply flawed educational system

College President Fights for Truth on Campus (Dr. Everett Piper Interview)

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College Is Not A Daycare | Everett Piper and Stefan Molyneux

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMt21c-xT1I

"You have to have a yardstick... To take measure"

 

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