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Maryland School District Requests ‘Anti-Racist Audit’ to Help Students ‘Resist Systems of Oppression’

 

Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools district is requesting a "systemwide anti-racist audit" to determine whether it is doing enough to help students "resist systems of oppression."

According to a "request for proposal" document obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, the school district is looking for a consultant "with deep knowledge and expertise in … racial equity" to examine the school district's culture, hiring practices, and pre-K-12 curriculum. The document requests that consultants investigate whether the district's curriculum "strengthens students' sense of racial, ethnic, and tribal identities, helps students understand and resist systems of oppression, and empower students to see themselves as change agents." It also asks if the district is taking a sufficiently "proactive approach" to issues of implicit bias, even though the racial makeup of the district is majority minority.

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How Modern Education Makes Good Little Marxists

We cannot say we were not warned. Decades ago, in an article perhaps long forgotten, novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand gave an ominous warning on the state of American education at all levels, especially the ideologies and philosophies that were beginning to become pervasive within its university system.  Whatever one may think of Rand's novels or personal character, an objective analysis of her work on educationspecifically displays her thoughts as unquestionably prescient.

If one believes the infestation within universities and public classrooms of Critical Theory and other like minded disciplines is a recent phenomenon, brought to their attention by pushback and defunding from President Trump, one is mistaken.  In her article "Cashing In: The Students Rebellion," Rand points out that universities in the 1960s began to become training centers for "activists," much like Marxist in the 1930s, who learned they could utilize legitimate current issues in order to manipulate the masses into cooperation, oblivious to the incoherent, illogical ideologies that compromised professors had effectively forced students to accept (Rand, 9).  These activists would later plant themselves in education, media, and politics, or even serve as muscle on the streets to work toward indoctrinated ideological objectives.:snip:

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Super Woke Update: University Votes to Stop Calling Its English Department the ENGLISH Department

On today’s episode of “This Just in From the No Longer Hallowed Halls of Academia,” we learn that “faculty members of color” at Cornell University in Ithica, New York, recently introduced a proposal to change the name of the school’s English Department, because “racism.”

Earlier this month, as reported by The Cornell Daily Sun, a “significant majority of the department approved the change and is now awaiting approval from college administration.”

 

I’ll go out on a limb and bet — how should I put this? — there isn’t a snowball’s chance the name change won’t be approved. Unanimously.

And the department’s new name? Here’s how the Daily Sun put it:

The new proposed name — “the department of literatures in English” — would mark a distinct change in the department’s branding, helping to eliminate what Director of Undergraduate Studies Prof. Kate McCullough, English, said was the “conflation of English as a language and English as a nationality.”:snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 15

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education.

6. Student Government Impeaches Pro-Trump Latina Student Senator Who Opposes Illegal Immigration | The College Fix

Loyola Marymount University's student government impeached a pro-Trump Latina student who serves as its senator for diversity and inclusion after a progressive student news organization uncovered her past tweets voicing opposition to illegal immigration.

5. College Offers ‘White Supremacy in the Age of Trump' Course | LaCorte News

The women and gender studies department at Smith College in Massachusetts is offering a course that will analyze white supremacy during President Donald Trump's presidential tenure.

4. University of Northern Iowa Student Government Refuses to Recognize Pro-Life Group, Calls it ‘Hate Group' | Young America's Foundation

Student senators at the University of Northern Iowa denied a Students for Life group official club recognition and equated its advocacy for the unborn to white supremacy.

3. Math Association Says Math ‘Inherently Carries Human Biases,' Citing Critical Race Theory | Campus Reform:snip:

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 The Despicable Teachings on College Campuses - Walter E Williams

The ugliness that we have recently witnessed—including rioting, billions of dollars of property destruction, assaults, murders, and grossly stupid claims about our nation—has its origins on college campuses.

Two websites, College Reform and College Fix, report on the despicable teachings on college campuses across the nation. Let us look at some of it.

In response to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s tweeting that he supports “citizen soldiers” in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tressie McMillan Cottom, a black professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, declared that “they have deputized all white people to murder us.”

Jesse A. Goldberg, professor in the English department at Auburn University who teaches classes in African American literature, American literature, and composition, wrote a now-deleted post on Twitter, “F— every cop. Every single one.” Goldberg added, “The only ethical choice for any cop to make at this point is to refuse to do their job and quit.”:snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 16

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education.

6. Meet America's New College Professors: Disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok and Beto O'Rourke | Campus Reform 

Peter Strzok, whom the FBI canned for sending anti-Trump texts to lover and coworker Lisa Page, is now an adjunct professor of counterintelligence and national security at Georgetown. And who better to teach political science than failed Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who will join the ranks at Texas State University this spring?

5. Northwestern Students Burn and Vandalize School Property at Anti-Police Protests | Washington Free Beacon 

Students at Northwestern University vandalized and burned school property on the sixth consecutive night of anti-police protests.

4. University of Michigan to Spend $260,000 on ‘Combating Racism' Projects | The College Fix 

The University of Michigan will fund six "action-based" research projects as part of the school's "inaugural" anti-racism research grants.:snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 17

 

6. Emory Student Government Agrees to Purchase 400 Copies of Anti-Racism Books | The College Fix 

Emory University's student government approved a measure to purchase 400 copies of the anti-racism book Are Prisons Obsolete?—a book that can be read in full for free online.

5. Brown University Students Create ‘Burn Brown Book,' Outlining Racism and Activism on Campus | CBS News

Activists at Brown University released the "Burn Brown Book," a 175-page guide outlining the history of on-campus racism, capitalism, and activism with the goal of "providing a safe space for minority students."

4. Oregon State University Professor Wants to ‘Decolonize' Mapping by Recentering Indigenous Cartography | Willamette Weekly

An Oregon State University professor claims that the boundaries that make up the United States are illegitimate, since they were created by English and Spanish colonizers.:snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 18

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education.

6. Anti-Police Student Group Launches Fireworks, Bricks at Police in Riot | Washington Free Beacon

An anti-police student activist group at Northwestern University launched fireworks and bricks at police officers and vandalized city property during a riot.

5. Professor: Student Extracurricular Activities Perpetuate Racism, Sexism | The College Fix 

George Mason University professor Blake Silver said extracurriculars "perpetuate racism" and mostly benefit white men.

4. College Dems, Leftist Students Raise Bail Money for Philadelphia Rioters, Looters | Campus Reform

Students at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania promoted a bail fund for rioters arrested in Philadelphia.:snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 19

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education.

6. University of Minnesota Students Demand George Floyd Prosecutor Be Removed From Dean's Advisory Council | The Minnesota Daily 

Student activists at the University of Minnesota are demanding the school cut ties with attorney Mike Freeman—who sits on the dean's advisory council—after he cited "underlying health conditions" as a potential reason for George Floyd’s death and opted not to charge all the officers at the scene.

5. Tufts University Psychiatrist: Trump's Loss is the Beginning of ‘Perfection' of the American Union | The College Fix 

Tufts University professor Nassir Ghaemi said the 2020 presidential election results are indicative of the "white male Christian power hierarchy" losing its grip on political power and America becoming more equal as a result.

4. Boston University Professor Calls the Term ‘Legal Vote' Racist | Campus Reform :snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 20

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education. 

6. Open Letter Calls on Harvard to Create ‘System of Accountability' for Inviting Trump Admin Alums to Campus| Washington Free Beacon

An open letter circulating at Harvard University is asking the school to create "accountability guidelines" for former Trump officials who are hired or invited to campus. According to the letter, inviting high-profile Trump appointees to the school legitimizes "the subversion of democratic principles."

5. University of Massachusetts Professor: We Don't Say White Male Composers' Full Names Because of ‘Inequity' | Campus Reform

Music theory professor Chris White wrote an op-ed for Slate in which he argued for the "full naming" of composers like Beethoven and Mozart. Not using their first names, he said, creates a harmful, hierarchical system. :snip:

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Considers Removing ‘Racist’ Boulder

The University of Wisconsin-Madison may soon remove a 70-ton boulder that student activists claim is a symbol of the school's racist past.

On Nov. 19, the university's Campus Planning Committee voted unanimously to recommend the removal of Chamberlin Rock, named after former university president Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin. The rock became a source of controversy when students found that a 1925 newspaper clipping called the rock a "n****rhead," a common term at the time for large, dark rocks. The university confirmed that the clipping was the only known instance of the term being used on campus.

A university spokeswoman told the Washington Free Beacon that the planning committee's recommendation will be reviewed by Chancellor Rebecca Blank, who has already expressed support for the rock's removal, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.:snip:

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