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The radical departure from traditional curricula and academic standards linked to the institution of political correctness in the schools and colleges raises serious questions as to educational purpose. Has the left deliberately diluted education in its self-interest?
Students and professors call for “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” to protect them from the trauma of dissent. Cowardly public college authorities cave to their demands for fear of losing their jobs or funding from leftist government sources. Private schools also acquiesce to unruly denizens to avoid media opprobrium for political incorrectness. Curricula are fraught with sops to political identity groups while much traditional intellectual inquiry has disappeared resulting in too many shallow indoctrinated students.
Political correctness and indoctrination combined with academic dilution are so pervasively extreme as to suggest a conspiratorial force in certain quarters. How can there be such a performance disparity between public schools and their charter school and international counterparts, not to mention a longitudinal comparison, despite massively more spending? It cannot all be teacher incompetence.
My problem with Liberalism is that it’s more concerned with policing people’s language and thoughts without requiring them to do anything to fix the problem. White liberal college students speak of “safe spaces”, “trigger words”, “micro aggressions” and “white privilege” while not having to do anything or, more importantly, give up anything. They can’t even have a conversation with someone who sees the world differently without resorting to calling someone a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, bigot and trying to have them banned from campus, or ruin them and their reputation.
Race, gender, religion and sexual orientation are such difficult discussions to have, and many of us don’t get it right, but my problem with some white liberals aren’t that they sometimes get it wrong, it’s their profound lack of self-awareness coupled with the smugness and self-righteousness that they use to lecture to others.
“Liberalism,” Kalb says, “is the power that hides itself. To satisfy its promise of equality, freedom, and democracy, it must keep people from exercising their freedom.” It achieves this by declaring all cultures and beliefs to be equal and deserving of equal respect. It follows that none of them can be allowed to exert its authority in respect of anything that matters. “All significant decisions must be made by someone who can pass himself off as an outside authority applying neutral standards of human rights, economic efficiency, and administrative effectiveness.”
Inclusiveness is inherently contradictory. It cannot cope intellectually or politically, for instance, with the reverse racism it encourages and sanctions. Beyond that, it and its twin principle, tolerance, simply “make no sense as general standards,” Kalb says. Because most people are, by official standards, “intolerant,” their simplest actions and ideas, so far from being “tolerated,” must instead be suppressed.
Emphasis on differences creates diversity, and attempting to eliminate their effect suppresses the natural ways people connect and function. The result is a chaotic hodge-podge forced into an artificial order by bureaucracy, propaganda, therapy, and money.
The New Jersey high school sophomore told CBS New York that she has trained four days a week for the last 10 years in hopes of becoming a member of the prestigious "Black Squad." But now Krueger is worried that all that work was for nothing. That's because her school, in order to be "inclusive," announced a new rule that says anyone who tries out for the cheer team has to be accepted.
Jada Alcontara, a sophomore, argued that the new policy doesn't encourage students to better themselves, News12 reported. “I came up here to state that I did not put in 18 months of work to lead up to this moment, just to be told it didn’t matter anymore,” she said.
Parents were upset by the decision, too. Sharon Iossa said the policy sets a "bad precedent." “Everybody doesn’t get a trophy," she told CBS. "You can’t be a Giants player just because you play football.”
Sandy Prociello, a resident of nearby Whippany, wondered what effect this policy could have on the children later in life. “What about life? What about getting a job? You know?" she told CBS New York. "You’re going to have your mom come with you, too, to hold your hand?”
I want to pose a question for debate..Is Liberalism determined to tear down America's traditional norms, values, and institutions?