Tag: political correctness

The Killing (and Queering) of History: Why Government Schools are the Problem »

This past week the governor of California signed a law that requires the teaching of gay history in textbooks used in government schools. That’s bad, but not for the reasons so-called “conservative” groups imagine. Government schools in California and Texas determine what is used in textbooks nationwide. The textbook boards in California lean toward...
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Commencement Season Disconnect »

Like millions of families this month, we attended a commencement ceremony this past weekend, at Mills College, a liberal arts college for women in California. Mills was founded as the Young Ladies’ Seminary, and a few years later was bought by missionaries Cyrus and Susan Mills, who relocated it to Oakland and directed its...
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He’s Back! Bill Ayers, Robert Kennedy’s Son—and What this Has to Do With “Higher” Education »

Bill Ayers is back in the news. Robert Kennedy’s son, newly on the board of the U of I Chicago, led a move denying Ayers emeritus status as a retired professor. Newsweek covered the story

Profile in Cowardice: Allah is Great! Die South Park Die! »

In recent years, threats from Islamic extremists have resulted in murder of those simply depicting Mohammed (forbidden by Islamic tradition, although not unknown to Islamic culture). From a prominent woman who fled Islamic death threats: “‘South Park’ and the Informal Fatwa” In a profile of cowardice, Comedy Central responded to a recent death threat...
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Champions of Freedom: NAS and FIRE Meet in Washington, D.C. »

If there are two organizations responsible for keeping the torch of academic freedom alive, they are the National Association of Scholars and FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). The leaders of FIRE will be among the speakers at the NAS conference in Washington, DC 9-11 January 2009. Click here for more information. The NAS membership includes...
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“Diversity” versus Freedom: The Tragic Case of Southern Illinois University »

In the early 1990s, I entered academia when the “diversity machine” was cranking up. Today, it is completely out of control: religious freedom, racial freedom, free speech and a free press are all at risk. The courts struck down the “speech codes” but they reemerged under the cover of “sexual harassment policy.” My own...
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The Academic Gulag: Are You Politically Correct, Comrade Professor? »

Years ago, I predicted that colleges would write commitment to “social justice,” “diversity,” etc., into mission statements and then make it part of their job descriptions. I never imagined they would get so brazenly specific in their interrogation of candidates. And then to put it on their web site for all to see! Little...
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