Thursday, January 5, 2012

Social justice indoctrination at UBC

Just came across this article about the UBC Faculty of Education's new program for "infusing" students with politically correct thinking:
Social justice, diversity and aboriginal perspectives will be dominant themes in all courses offered by the University of B.C. education faculty starting next fall as a result of a program overhaul that’s been in the works for several years.
The subjects won’t be taught as separate courses but will be infused throughout the curriculum, Associate Dean Rita Irwin said in an interview this week. “The program will have a very different look and feel,” she noted.
Good grief! This isn't "education" it's Orwellian indoctrination in leftist group think.


Pissedoff said...

And another feminazi pushing it.

Patsplace said...

How do we go about stopping it? All it takes for evil to flourish, is for good men to do nothing.


Dollops said...

What percentage of a university's budget is covered by the federal government? Hmmmm.

Sean M said...

Who are these activist radicals infiltrating the "halls of academia" ? ... and who is hiring them? I will be bringing this to the attention of my MP... Turning our Universities into Temples of cult think.

Anonymous said...

I've been slogging my way through an arts degree for years, taking a few classes and then working for a year... and then taking more classes... It's drudgery.

I wouldn't be too worried about the ridiculous notions that emerge from academia. Most students completely tune out the wacky things professors have to say, and just regurgitate what is expected to earn their credits. University is a hoop-jumping exercise, and most of us realize that our actual education will have to be self-directed. That's not a bad thing.

An increasing refrain in arts departments across the country is that there is no money for professors to attend obscure conferences, to publish ridiculous papers and more ridiculous books, etc. They're shocked that the 'intellectual elite' haven't been isolated market pressures.

Money is the key to changing how the university operates --and lets be honest here: we're only talking about arts departments needing reform. First we need to starve them of funding, from both direct government funding and then indirect things like Canada Council for the Arts grants, etc. Then the private sector has to step in with cash and dictate how it can be spent.

Now, who wants to endow a chair?

In the mean time, read the books written by non-nutjobs (and there are a lot of good profs out there) and independent academics.

Thucydides said...

Start pushing non institutionalized (pun intended) education such as the Khan Academy and MIT's online courses, and especially if you are in a position to hire, hire self educated or people from non nutjob institutions and actively reject graduates from these programs (and let the applicants know why).

Writing your Alma matter and telling them you will no longer send them financial support so long as they instruct students using these programs (and for that matter defunding them for having "studies courses" or adhering to Orwellian student codes of conduct) will also have quite an effect, especially if there is a concentrated movement to do so.

climatecriminal said...

I can't beleive they forgot to inclued saving the planet

JR said...

How to fix this is a real problem. It's everywhere in the education system, the media (via Faculties of 'Journalism') and the legal system right up to and including activist radical feminists on the Supreme Court.

It took decades for Po-Mo radicals to push it this far; it'll presumably take decades to reverse assuming we started now.

There are signs of push-back from some quarters notably from the Sun News crew. As individuals I guess we can blog, write letters to editors, MPPs and MPs and complain to local schools and school boards when it crops up.

JR said...

One more thing. Read William Gairdner's book "The Trouble With Canada ... Still!" (2010). It goes into some of this (plus a whole lot more) and has recommendations on what might be done about it.