Columnist/commentator George Will has put together a voluminous – but, believe me, only partial – list of demands and punishments from the Academic Brownshirts who are trying to complete the job of making our colleges and universities centers of hard-left indoctrination, and its students into mind-numbed robots who spout nothing but the party line.
The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, an irony-freecampus, declared the phrase “politically correct” amicroaggression. The master of Yale\’s Pierson College said his regrettable title reminds distressedstudents of slavery. Wesleyan University\’s student government threatened to cut the school newspaper\’s fundingbecause it published a column critical of campus leftists. Wesleyan created a “safe space,” a.k.a. a house, forLGBTTQQFAGPBDSM students (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual,Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderf—, Polyamorous,Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism).
A Washington StateUniversity professor said she would lower the grade of any student who used the term “illegal immigrants” when referring to immigrants here illegally. Another Washington State professor warned in his syllabus that white students who want “to do well” inhis “Introduction to Multicultural Literature” should show their “grasp ofhistory and social relations” by “deferring to the experiences of people ofcolor.” Another Washington State teacher, in her syllabus for “Women &Popular Culture,” warned that students risk “failure for thesemester” if they use “derogatory/oppressive language” such as “referring towomen/men as females or males”.
Is this your idea of what institutions of higher learning are supposed to do? Does this give you any confidence that students who attend such an institution will leave with an expanded mind and a body of knowledge that prepares them for the real world?
To me, the answers, self-evidently, are no, it isn\’t and it doesn\’t.
It is time – long past time, actually, that we take our colleges and universities back, and make them colleges and universities again.