September 29, 2013

Enough Is Enough

A doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has had enough of mandated diversity training.
Dear Graduate Director Prof. Kantrowitz,

Please forgive this sudden e-mail. I am writing to you today about the “diversity” training that new teaching assistants (TAs) are required to undergo. In keeping with the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, I am also blind-copying on this e-mail several journalistic outlets and state government officials, because the taxpayers who support this university deserve to know how their money is being spent.

[..]in one of the handouts that our facilitator asked us to read (“Detour-Spotting: for white anti-racists,” by joan olsson [sic]), we learned things like, “As white infants we were fed a pabulum of racist propaganda,” “…there was no escaping the daily racist propaganda,” and, perhaps most even-handed of all, “Racism continues in the name of all white people.”

[...]Also on the agenda for next week are “important trans struggles, as well as those of the intersexed and other gender-variant communities,” “stand[ing] up to the rules of gender,” and a very helpful glossary of related terms and acronyms, to wit: “Trans”: for those who “identify along the gender-variant spectrum,” and “Genderqueer”: “for those who consider their gender outside the binary gender system”. I hasten to reiterate that I am quoting from diversity handouts; I am not making any of this up.
The grad student, Jason Morgan, is a Teaching Assistant who is tasked with teaching Japanese history.
I am not in graduate school to learn how to encourage poor souls in their sexual experimentation, nor am I receiving generous stipends of taxpayer monies from the good people of the Great State of Wisconsin to play along with fantasies or accommodate public cross-dressing. To all and sundry alike I explicate, as best I can, such things as the clash between the Taira and the Minamoto, the rise of the Kamakura shogunate, and the decline of the imperial house in twelfth-century Japan. Everyone is welcome in my classroom, but, whether directly or indirectly, I will not implicate myself in my students’ fetishes, whatever those might be. What they do on their own time is their business; I will not be a party to it. I am exercising my right here to say, “Enough is enough.”
Jason has left the auditorium. Thank you Jason.


Gorges Smythe said...

Good for him!

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

One lone voice when we need so many more. Go Jason!

Doom said...

It's just the beginning. Either Jason's notions will return reason to the education system or that system will die and be replaced by reason, again, again. Been here, done this, before. Hopefully it can be done without destroying the civilization as has been the case always before. We will see if America is truly exceptional or... just another.

The Underground Pewster said...

Diversity 101: There will be no diversity of opinion in this class because that might offend someone.

deborah harvey said...

in universities you are forced to take--and pay for-- several 'diversity' classes or you will not receive your diploma. blackmail!!
boy came home and, after dithering a bit, asked me the questions that arose after being subjected to these 'classes' and the crazy females who taught them.

he had been taught that all intercourse is rapery. all!!

i disencumbered him of this evil notion.
our conversation touched on other equally idiotic teachings and he was much relieved.
but he had to pay for this abuse!!
all this from feminists who wanted sexual freedom--read promiscuity.
and he had to pay for it!!

signed, angry mom

sig94 said...

Angry mom - I hear ya. Our youngest daughter is attending a state school where they have plates of condoms right where you walk in. Our daughter is renting an apartment this semester...