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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Reeducation camps, University of Deleware style

I came across this story on Little Green Footballs, and it's got me kind of ticked off. See, readers know that my lovely wife is currently attending law school at ASU. We all know that the vast majority of college campuses are hotbeds of liberal thought. But when I saw this story, I went from being concerned to nearly irate:

The University of Delaware subjects students in its residence halls to a shocking program of ideological reeducation that is referred to in the university’s own materials as a “treatment” for students’ incorrect attitudes and beliefs. The Orwellian program requires the approximately 7,000 students in Delaware’s residence halls to adopt highly specific university-approved views on issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy, and environmentalism. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is calling for the total dismantling of the program, which is a flagrant violation of students’ rights to freedom of conscience and freedom from compelled speech.

“The University of Delaware’s residence life education program is a grave intrusion into students’ private beliefs,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “The university has decided that it is not enough to expose its students to the values it considers important; instead, it must coerce its students into accepting those values as their own. At a public university like Delaware, this is both unconscionable and unconstitutional.”

The university’s views are forced on students through a comprehensive manipulation of the residence hall environment, from mandatory training sessions to “sustainability” door decorations. Students living in the university’s eight housing complexes are required to attend training sessions, floor meetings, and one-on-one meetings with their Resident Assistants (RAs). The RAs who facilitate these meetings have received their own intensive training from the university, including a “diversity facilitation training” session at which RAs were taught, among other things, that “[a] racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality.”

If I were a parent of a student going to UD, they'd be yanked in a heartbeat, and there'd be a tongue-lashing towards an administrator that would be very intolerant and very non-PC. See, I come from the viewpoint that people will be people. Some are going to be insensitive asses. Others will fill a company of people with hateful, vile thoughts. Still more will pass on ideas that aren't reflective of society's morals. And instead of people walking away from those that don't want to listen to, we get colleges stepping in and forcing this on students.

It's wrong to do. If people don';t like how blunt and forthright I may be; if they don't like the fact that there may be an F-bomb dropped in the course of a conversation (I don't usually, but mistakes have been known to happen); if they don't like the fact that I dislike associating with certain individuals because of their lifestyle choices, then tough. I'm my own person. That is what life is about -- locating who we are, and abiding by society's rules.

Society states we're to be tolerant of others. Society states that we are all integral in it's functions. Society states that we are all important and all equal. But the Left doesn't like it when such decisions are left up to us. They want it rammed down our throats.



Sorry folks, but we don't play this game. If the Left wants to do this, they can do it elsewhere. Colleges are for higher learning; achieving the education one needs to be a productive member of society. It's not for touchy-feely feelings education. Idiots that subscribe to this sort of mindset are going to be given the rudest awakening of their lives when life kicks kn their heads, and scoops out their brains for lunch.

I hope the alumni for UD throw a fit. I hope parents who have kids attending UD throw a tizzy. Their money is supposed to be spent on making UD a better campus, not a reeducation camp.

Publius II


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