2016 April 24 Sunday
Hypersensitive Colleges, Safe Spaces, High School Students
We are moving into an era where many colleges enforce ridiculous rules aimed at preventing assorted privileged groups from feeling offended by anything they see or hear. Piling on, the US Department of Education is shoving an interpretation of Title IX down the throats of colleges which makes the colleges throw out due process for accused students. So what about the realists who want to go to college to learn about and discuss reality in a legally fair environment?
Here is my modest proposal: Encourage non-leftist students to avoid the craziest colleges and go to the most rational colleges. We need groups to measure the extent of politically correct nonsense and due process violations at various colleges and universities and publish this info as scores. Then high school students looking to choose a college could consult such a list, avoid the most politically correct, places, and apply at the best places.
This will tend to make the most left-leaning colleges even nuttier than they already are. But rational-minded students would benefit from flocking together and creating intellectual environments where the truth and reason are highly valued.
By Randall Parker at 2016 April 24 11:02 PM
I'd like to see states enact protections for non-PC students which forces the hyper-sensitive to first identify themselves before beginning classes and then complete, at their own expense, whatever de-sensitization therapy is required to allow them to function in an intellectually open environment before they are allowed to attend.
I'd also like to see states designate zero-due-process procedures and punishments as slander/libel with malice, with all participating parties required to pay treble damages to the accused and forbidden to teach, attend classes, or receive transcripts or letters of recommendation until fully paid. Faced with being booted off campus and not able to transfer, the witch-hunters would STFU.
Don't take the bait on this issue. We all need "safe spaces".
Sort proponents of social theories into governments that test them.
Public universities shouldn't be "safe spaces" aka echo chambers. Let private schools do that. Flush the SJWs and Tumblrinas out of the mainstream.
No university should be "safe spaces", neither public, nor private, otherwise the word "university" and its purpose lose all its meaning.
It's all just an excuse to censor and control expression. The march through the institutions overtook higher education some time ago, and the universities are no longer centers for education.
They're indoctrination centers, for training the left's new Red Guard. They only educate to the extent it doesn't get in the way of their primary mission.
They're sorting the students into categories. Some students resist. Punish and expel them, and keep track of who they are, they're future enemies of the State. This group don't agree, but are cowed, they're permitted to exist as long as they knuckle under. The state needs proles, they'll do. That group goes along, but lacks initiative, they're politically reliable, but fairly useless except at the voting box. Finally, the real prize: The students who step forward to violently attack dissent. These are what the universities are really looking for: The new Red Guard.
You can see the new Red Guard at any major Trump rally, violently attacking and trying to shut down expression of any opinion they disagree with. What you're seeing now is just the leading edge of the flood. Their numbers are going to be drastically increasing over the next decade or so. It's going to become physically dangerous to put a Republican campaign sign on your lawn, or attend a Republican rally, outside of deep 'red' areas of the country. And even there, the Red Guard can be imported.
It's already to late to avoid violence, I think.