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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 24

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 California-Berkeley Student Government Passes Resolution in Support of Mandated Xenophobia Training | The College Fix

Students at Berkeley passed a resolution to mandate xenophobia prevention training for incoming freshmen.

5. Tulane University Offers ‘Feminism in Trumplandia' Course | Campus Reform

An English professor is offering a course on feminism in the wake of the Trump administration, as the president's "ravages of assaults" on women—such as the nomination of Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett—have created an "unprecedented dystopia for women."

4. Students at University of Oregon Attempt to Remove College Republicans from Campus | Washington Free Beacon

Student activists at the University of Oregon are attempting to remove the College Republicans from campus for attending a "stop the steal" rally.:snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 25

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

6. Florida Lawmaker Calls on University of Central Florida to Investigate Professor for Using Term ‘Wuhan Coronavirus' | The College Fix

Students and state lawmakers are calling on UCF to investigate politics professor Alvin Quackenbush after he sent a message to students in April about the "Wuhan Corona virus."

5. Tufts Students Pass Anti-Israel Ballot Measure | Washington Free Beacon

Students at Tufts University passed a ballot measure that would prohibit campus police from attending counterterrorism training in Israel.

4. NYU Professor: What if White Americans' Taxes Were Investigated for Ties to Slavery | Campus Reform

A New York University professor suggested that white people should be forced to submit their taxes to be checked for ties to slavery.:snip:

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This Year in Campus Insanity

Welcome to "This Year in Campus Insanity," a roundup of the craziest developments at our nation's 4,000-plus institutions of higher education in 2020.

10. Virginia Tech Professor Says Phrase ‘American People' is Racist, As Is Beer | Campus Reform (Vol. 17)

A professor at Virginia Tech claims the phrase "the American people"—and beer—are racist, in his new book titled Beer and Racism: How Beer Became White, Why It Matters, and the Movements to Change It.

9. Rutgers Declares Grammar Racist | Washington Free Beacon (Vol. 3)

The English department at Rutgers University declared that teaching proper English grammar is racist and that, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, it will begin teaching "critical grammar."

We would also like to give a shoutout to Snopes for admitting that Rutgers did declare grammar racist. It then promptly proceeded to fact-check the Washington Free Beacon‘s article as false.:snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 26

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

6. Emerson College Activists Demand that Student Newspaper Be Defunded Due to ‘Racism, Ableism' | The College Fix

Student activists at Emerson College recently demanded the school's student newspaper be defunded, claiming that it is "racist" and "ableist" and that its employees engage in discrimination.

5. Tulane Students Demand Fossil-Fuel Divestment and Minimum Wage as Part of COVID Response | Washington Free Beacon 

Tulane University activists are demanding that the school divest from fossil fuels and establish a $15 minimum wage as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

4. College Agrees to ‘Reparations Fund' to Help Pay for Black Students' Therapy, Books | The College Fix 

Bryn Mawr College agreed to student activists' demands that a "reparations fund" be created for black and indigenous students to pay for affinity groups, multicultural spaces, books, online courses, therapy, and other financial needs beyond the scope of racial-justice work.:snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 27

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 Louisville Professor: ‘All' Republicans are ‘Guilty' of Capitol Attack, Should be ‘Forced to Shut the Hell Up' | Campus Reform

A University of Louisville professor wrote in an op-ed that Republicans should "be forced to shut the hell up" about the Capitol Hill riot unless they denounced their former support for Donald Trump.

5. University of Chicago Takes Steps Toward Launch of ‘Critical Race Studies' Department | The College Fix 

The University of Chicago will consider funding to explore the creation of a Department of Critical Race Studies. Critical race theory holds that American legal institutions are inherently racist.

4. Penn State Professor: Campus Conservative Group Bears ‘Responsibility' for Capitol Riot | Young America's Foundation :snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 28

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

6. Mellon Foundation Donates Millions to Universities to Study ‘Nation's Racist Past' | Inside Higher Ed

Brown University, Columbia University, and the University of California, Berkeley are among a handful of the country's top schools that will receive a total of $72 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's "Just Futures" grant program, which aims to create "solutions-based work that contributes to public understanding of the nation's racist past and can lead to the creation of socially just futures."

5. University of Oklahoma ‘Black Emergency Response Team’ Issues New Set of Demands | The College Fix

University of Oklahoma's "Black Emergency Response Team"—which last year called on the university to fire its provost for criticizing a gender-studies class decades earlier—demanded the school fund a new Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity and conduct a diversity and equity review of the faculty and student body.

4. Johns Hopkins Probes Pro-Palestinian Teaching Assistant Who Tweeted About Lowering Jewish Students’ Grades | The College Fix

A pro-Palestinian teaching assistant said she faced an "ethical dilemma" in a tweet, asking her followers whether she should grade "zionist" students fairly because they allegedly support "ethnic cleansing.":snip:

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 29

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

6. Professors Seek to Ban Books from Trump Administration Officials | Campus Reform 

A handful of professors joined a group of publishing professionals demanding that companies refuse to work with Trump administration alumni on book deals.

5. University of Pennsylvania Dental School Creates ‘LGBTQ+ Fund' to Identify Bias in Dentistry | The College Fix

The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine received $50,000 for a "LGBTQ+ Fund," with the goal of "identifying LGBTQ+ based biases in the dental profession and ways to dispel them."

4. Indiana University Refers to Terrorist as ‘Social Activist' | Campus Reform 

Indiana University recommended that students read terrorist Assata Shakur's autobiography and referred to her as a "social activist." Shakur made the FBI's Most Wanted list in 2013 for a series of crimes, including hijacking a plane, murdering a police officer, and being involved in the Black Liberation Army.:snip:

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Erasing classic literature for kids

John Kass

Feb. 4, 2021

When I was a boy about 11, I committed a crime that changed my life.

I stole a book. I was a book thief.

I found it in another kid's desk and began reading, hiding it behind some boring textbook, and couldn't give it up.

And when the last bell rang, I hid it furtively under my jacket as if it were some rare, precious and struggling bird, and walked home.

It's still with me. I'll never give it up.

That book that opened up the world to me.

What was it?

"Odysseus the Wanderer," written for children by the classicist Aubrey de Selincourt.

It is a version of the "Odyssey" of Homer, the greatest adventure story ever told. I've since read several translations of Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey."

The crafty Odysseus, the man of wrath, was an expert trickster. He duped the Trojans with his Trojan horse, befuddled the man-eating Cyclops and withstood the deadly song of the sirens.

Though he was clearly pre-Christian, I considered the wandering King of Ithaca as a patron saint. There was no trap he couldn't escape with his wits. His story has shaped Western literature — as well as "Star Trek" — for some 3,000 years.

But there is one thing Odysseus may not be able to withstand:

The woke culture.

The political left and the growing #disrupttexts movement — fueled by critical race theory — in American public schools wants him gone.

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North Carolina Approves New, Radical History Curriculum for K-12 Students

 

The North Carolina Board of Education on Thursday passed revised standards that implement elements of critical race theory into K-12 history lessons.

As part of the newly approved standards, second graders will learn "how various indigenous, religious, gender, and racial groups advocate for freedom and equality," and fourth-grade students will learn how "revolution, reform, and resistance" shaped North Carolina.

Members of the State Board of Education—most of whom were selected by Democratic governor Roy Cooper—voted to adopt the updated curriculum despite opposition from Republican lieutenant governor Mark Robinson, who said the new standards reflect the board's political agenda and "indoctrinate our students against our great country.":snip:

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The SPLC's Horrifying Plan for Your Children's Schools

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), notorious for branding mainstream conservative and Christian nonprofits “hate groups” and including them on a list with the Ku Klux Klan while ignoring the destructive and deadly antifa riots, has adopted Marxist critical race theory and has asked the government to push this noxious agenda in public schools. This week, the SPLC urged President Joe Biden to direct taxpayer funds to develop a “curriculum on structural racism” in the Department of Education. The smear group also revamped its Teaching Tolerance program, which pushes its leftist agenda in schools.

 

In the SPLC’s annual “Year in Hate” report released on Monday, the organization called on the federal government to “address far-right and racist narratives” by providing “funding for the Department of Education to develop a curriculum on structural racism and funding for states to implement their own related initiatives.”

“Americans can only dismantle white supremacy if they understand how racism shaped (and continues to shape) housing, education, policing, health care and other policies and practices that affect our everyday lives,” the SPLC report claimed.

On Tuesday, the SPLC announced it would revamp its “Teaching Tolerance” program — which spreads its far-left agenda in schools — renaming the program “Learning for Justice.”:snip:

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This Week in Campus Insanity Vol. 30

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

6. Monument Commemorating ‘Spirit of the Pioneers’ Removed From Oklahoma College | Campus Reform

An "offensive" stone monument depicting the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 at Oklahoma City Community College was removed because it depicted "cruelty and oppression."

5. Yale Requires Students to Quarantine Three Times Longer than CDC Recommends | The College Fix

Yale University is requiring students returning to campus to quarantine for one month—three times longer than the 10-day isolation period that leading scientists and virologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend.

4. Evergreen State College Rolls Out Daily Tarot Card Reading | The College Fix:snip:

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Universities’ Insane COVID Rules And Snitch Culture Are Training The Next Generation To Embrace Totalitarianism

If you think state and federal government COVID-19 policies are too restrictive, you haven’t been to a college campus lately. Schools across the country have imposed extreme, micromanaging rules on 19-22 year olds—a demographic more likely to die from the seasonal flu and pneumonia than COVID.

Paying top dollar at already overpriced institutions for vastly inferior remote learning, university students remain unnecessarily isolated and barred from using the services and facilities they and their families are paying for. :snip:

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Why Action Civics Is More Action Than Civics: K-12 Students Aren’t Ready to Be Activists

Educators and policymakers agree that the teaching of civics in K-12 schools is not preparing children to participate in civic life.

There’s broad agreement among teachers union officials and progressive lawmakers—along with conservative researchers and schools teaching classical education—that students need more instruction (and of better quality) on our political system and the roles that we play in it.

A relatively new movement attracting attention in K-12 and higher education called action civics, however, is very ideological.

Action civics gained a following under the Obama administration. It encourages students to participate in protests and demonstrations more than study history and our founding ideals, and understand the structure of American government.:snip:

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Purdue Backs Down on Mandatory Antiracist Training for Music Students

 

Purdue University is walking back a policy that mandated members of a student choir group first complete a series of "diversity, equity, and inclusion" training sessions grounded in critical race theory.

The Purdue Musical Organizations, which oversees "six choral ensembles and a handbell choir," announced late last month it would require members to enroll in six antiracist training modules, according to emails reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon. The course curriculum includes modules on "White Privilege, White Supremacy, and White Fragility," and "White Saviorism and How To Be A Better Ally," as well as required readings from "antiracist" academics.:snip:

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Prominent University Pushes “Retreat” to Purge Racism From “White Christian Folks”

 

If you’re white and Christian, you just must have “racism” in your heart, the theory goes. But fret not; help is on the way. For Tufts University is promoting a “Rooting Out Racism” event billed as “A free online retreat for white people.”

Described as a “10-day, pray-at-your-own-pace online” endeavor, it “was marketed as a ‘retreat about white supremacy,’” reports campus Reform. “The event’s host, Spiritual Grounding, which does not appear to be directly affiliated with Tufts, insisted upon the necessity of the retreat as ‘George Floyd’s murder has highlighted once again the need for white folks to do their work.’”

How white people compelled Floyd to ingest a fatal level of fentanyl and commit crimes was not explained.:snip:

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Exposing BLM’s Agenda-Driven K-12 Curriculum

February is Black History Month, and the push to inject Black Lives Matter curriculum into America’s K-12 schools is in high gear. In the fight for racial justice, the slogan “black lives matter” is a reasonable mantra that focusses on equality; creating a fair and inclusive society is indeed a very worthy goal.

But “Black Lives Matter” the activist organization with a registered political action committee is a different matter entirely. And it’s Black Lives Matter the political organization that is pushing an agenda-driven curriculum into America’s K-12 schools, an agenda that at times is not only racially polarizing, but one that calls for defunding police; disrupting the nuclear family; and replacing individualism and capitalism with an irresponsible brand of socialist globalism.

A closer look at the document “Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action Starter Kit” shows just how politically driven their curriculum is.  “In this era of mass incarceration, there is a school-to-prison-pipeline system that is more invested in locking up youth than unlocking their minds,” the introduction states. “That system uses harsh discipline policies that push Black students out of schools at disproportionate rates; denies students the right to learn about their own cultures and whitewashes the curriculum to exclude many of the struggles and contributions of Black people and other people of color; and is pushing out Black teachers from the schools in cities around the country.”:snip:

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Biden Drops Plan To Track Chinese Communist Influence In American Schools: Report

Democrat President Joe Biden has reportedly canceled a plan put in place by the Trump administration that would track the rising influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the U.S. education system.

“Around 500 K-12 schools and 65 colleges in the U.S. have partnerships with the Confucius Institute U.S. Center, a U.S.-based affiliate of the Beijing-based Confucius Institute Headquarters. The institute, also known as Hanban, is affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education,” the Daily Caller News Foundation reported. “Many of Hanban’s directors are members of the Chinese Communist Party or have close ties to the organization.”:snip:

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Senator: MDE is ‘taking out major benchmarks’ in social studies standards

They left out key things that happened in world events, like World War I and World II. The first draft didn’t even mention the Holocaust,” Coleman said. 

Rose Williams

February 10, 2021

Sen. Julia Coleman, R-Chanhassen, recently appeared on Fox and Friends to voice her concerns about the draft of the new social studies standards released by the Minnesota Department of Education.

“They left out key things that happened in world events, like World War I and World II. The first draft didn’t even mention the Holocaust,” Coleman said.

“They are taking out major benchmarks … There is no mention of communism or socialism,” Coleman noted in a Friday Facebook video.

In previous years, the standards have had the goal of teaching students to “protect and maintain freedom” and have been generally agreed upon by the public, unlike the new standards, according to Coleman.

5,000 Minnesota parents contacted the social studies review board with their concerns, but they were “brushed off” and ignored.

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This Week In Campus Insanity Vol. 31

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

6. U.C. Irvine Student Government Passes Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Legislation | The Jerusalem Post

The U.C. Irvine student government passed legislation calling on the university to cut ties with businesses that work with Israel as "divestment from apartheid." The resolution states that Israel has "terrorized, displaced, and killed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians."

5. Spalding University Offers Courses that Allow Students to Earn Antiracism Badges  | The College Fix

Students at Spalding University, a Catholic school in Kentucky, can now earn bronze, silver, or ebony badges for completing a series of courses called "Restorative Practices for the Antiracist Journey."

4. Students at Catholic Georgetown Feel ‘Unsafe' Because of Pro-Life Speakers at Optional, Virtual Event | Campus Reform

Pro-choice students at Georgetown University brought forward a petition condemning speakers at a pro-life Zoom event, including Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. The petition said the event made students feel "unsafe" and asked the organizers to change the name of the event from the "Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life" to something less offensive.

3. Claremont McKenna College Offers Racially Segregated Mental Health Resources | The College Fix:snip:

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NYC public school asks parents to ‘reflect’ on their ‘whiteness’

A city public school principal is asking parents to “reflect” on their “whiteness” — passing out literature that extols “white traitors’’ who “dismantle institutions,” education officials confirmed to The Post on Tuesday.

The “woke’’ offensive at the East Side Community School in Manhattan features a ranking list titled “The 8 White Identities,” which ranges from “White Supremacist’’ to “White Abolitionist.”

The curriculum, written by Barnor Hesse, an associate professor of African American studies at Northwestern University in Illinois, claims, “There is a regime of whiteness, and there are action-oriented white identities.

“People who identify with whiteness are one of these,’’ Hesse writes above the eight-point list.

“It’s about time we build an ethnography of whiteness, since white people have been the ones writing about and governing Others,’’ Hesse adds.:snip:

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