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August 28, 2019

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Hopp Singg

Le mot juste in this case is not "ouch," it's "blech."

David

And nothing screams credibility like pretending to be injured by the words mothering and mankind.

Hal

. . . Indiana University Southeast . . .

. . . . but certainly not to be confused with the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople . . .

Killer Marmot

In earlier times, such guides would have been given the same respect as educational films on the dos and don'ts of dating, or the dangers of drugs. I can hear the gales of laughter even now.

But I suspect that many of today's brave young scholars will actually eat this crap up.

Mags

I remember when parents worried that kids grew up too fast.

Connor

If the word 'mankind' has a 'negative impact' on you, you've got problems university won't fix.

Frank

Our university has an unconscious bias kick on at the moment. As in, we can see your sins even though you can't since they are unconscious. Evidence free hectoring is sure to ensue.

David

If the word ‘mankind’ has a ‘negative impact’ on you, you’ve got problems university won’t fix.

Instead, the great minds at IUS would rather actively exacerbate those inclinations, and reward them, and make them a habit, until you become an insufferable, neurotic prodnose. Which is some kind of woke ideal, apparently.

Atempdog

until you become an insufferable, neurotic prodnose.

"They say misery loves company
We could start a company and make misery"
- Soul Asylum got it slightly wrong. You need to a university to make large scale, life altering misery

fnord

Further reading of the article brings up the word 'oriental'. I must have missed the memo. When did this become forbidden? Is any reason given besides ' Because I *drool* say so, H8ter'? I presume that 'asian' is the only alterntive allowed. Replacing a precise term with a more general and possibly misleading one is the way I want my language to 'evolve'.

David

Replacing a precise term with a more general and possibly misleading one is the way I want my language to ‘evolve’.

Well, quite. Though I suppose you could say ‘North-East Asian’.

grant

The proper replacement for "mankind" is "peroffsrpingkind". the offensive word to be replaces is "man", but, opposed to Justin Trudeau's failed grammar attempt, "people" is not a replacement for "man"....the proper, more neutral word, is "person"...but that also has the triggering word "son" in it. Thus we must replace son with a gender neutral term. "child" implies too much about age while "offspring" is a clear neutral winner.....thus I give you....."peroffspringkind"

David

I suppose the above is what happens when universities choose to employ large numbers of mediocre, fundamentally useless people - entire departments whose presence on campus is essentially parasitic and most likely detrimental to anyone in their orbit - and who then have to scramble for excuses to justify their salaries, status and various, often ludicrous demands.

Lime

https://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2008/09/rebellion-revis.html

As I said in the post, one of the major issues is whether the professor-student relationship is sufficiently equal and reciprocal to ensure a lack of coercion, dishonesty or improper leverage. It seems to me pretty obvious that it very often isn’t. An 18-year-old away from home who knows relatively little against someone twice their age who thinks they know everything?

Cynics among us might wonder if the appeal of such an unequal exchange is a kind of political “grooming” – thanks to which tenured ideologues get to vote vicariously many, many times.

Students used to be blank slates — now they arrive with agendas

“Suddenly everyone who watches Jordan Peterson videos thinks they know what postmodernism is,” says Emma Vossen, a post doctoral fellow with a PhD in gender and games. These problems with students are not about disagreements or debates. It’s not even about kids acting out, but rather harassers in the classroom who have tapped into social media as a powerful weapon. Many educators can’t grasp that, says Vossen.

The conventional model has always been to treat students as a sort of blank slate, using education and information to inform them and teach from point zero. The combination of Gamergate hubs like subreddit KotakuInAction and unchecked alt-right personalities preaching harmful ideologies have changed that. An educator’s job is no longer just about teaching, but helping students unlearn false or even harmful information they’ve picked up from the internet.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

You have to marvel at these intellectual titans -

Be sensitive to issues of labeling people or groups Examples:

Labeling categorizes people as objects. People should be treated with dignity and respect.
Instead of gays, use gay men.

OK, you got it, chief. (Later that same day...)

Make an effort to determine what is appropriate for each situation. Ask people what they prefer, which designations they prefer...such as...gay.

Ouch !

The university offered examples of language that may require such a response, including phrases like “man and wife” or simply “wives,”...These phrases can supposedly “imply one group dominating over another group.”

Meanwhile, confusion reigned over what to do in the mandatory Diversity 101 lecture, "Understanding Islam".

Instead of American Indian, use Shawnee when tribal affiliation is known.

Aside from the fact no one would say "Shawnee" as a generic for Indian, there are over 500 recognized tribes, so good luck actually knowing. Maybe stick with Indian.

I think this whole mess was cooked up by some inbred dumb blond stoner crazy people.

Joe

employ large numbers of mediocre, fundamentally useless people

Wow. I want my taxpayer dollars back.

David

Wow. I want my taxpayer dollars back.

And so, we have an Inclusive Excellence Centre that’s neither inclusive nor excellent, and whose director, an emotionally unstable foul-mouthed anti-Semite, struggles with elementary sentence structure, even in official documents. However, while Mr Scherer may have boggling difficulties with simple English, he has internalised the required ideology and is happy to regurgitate it, along with the customary vanities.

Bill de Haan

University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople

PDQ Bach approves.

Though to be honest, the work being done at U of SND at H is less satirical than what's actually going on in actual universities these days.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

OT - just a quick note so you can update your scorecards, the Hong Kong* protesters are Nazis.

*Honk Kong - waving a broken umbrella at a guy with a gun=unhinged barbaric violence.

pst314

An educator’s job is no longer just about teaching, but helping students unlearn false or even harmful information they’ve picked up from the internet.

That is, of course, a lie: the left has always seen itself as "educating" students out of the stupid and evil ideas that they learned in their viciously capitalist Christian homes.

Sam

This madness will continue until the sane among us wake the hell up and realize the Left is laser-focused on corrupting our children.

They cannot win an argument, so they lecture to helpless children.

They are blindingly hypocritical and do not care when called out, so they only have credibility with clueless children.

Their ideas have been tried and the bloody horrendous holocaust of results are plain to see in history, so they indoctrinate those who have not yet had a chance to read history - children.

The left understands this and it's a huge blindspot for the center and right. In recent decades the left has successfully made adults into children, broadening their pool of recruits. These stories from university are so ridiculous because you're only seeing the "final exam" portion of their indoctrination, with decades of poison under girding this advance-level wokeness.

Duke

I express myself in language that I was taught. I see no reason to change that just because some feeble snowflakes can't handle perfectly normal words that we have used for centuries.

This "I am offended" shit can't last. We need to get back to reality.

I'll tell you what offends me ... people who pretend to be offended for no good reason simply to be "petted and consoled" as an aggrieved victim of some horrid realist who said something lethal like the word "motherhood".

I completely ignore these wimps and talk the way I want to. You should too. Give me a glass of Hemlock.

Monty James

I can think of only one consolation we will have when Western civilization falls, and the lights go out forever, and we're sitting around the campfire chasing the last baked bean around the bottom of the can with our spoons; hunting these people.

David

As happens from time to time, the spam filter is being uppity. If anyone has trouble with comments not appearing, email me and I’ll make an offering.

WTP

Wow. I want my taxpayer dollars back.

Yeah...there was a local band I used to follow. Reminds me of their "If this is love, I want my money back." Good luck with that.

Ten

I remember when parents worried that kids grew up too fast.

Heh. And I can remember when clinical projection was, wait for it, a bad thing.

Now it's a whole freaking industry, a religion, and a movement to inoculate a whole aware species against rational reality.

Monty James

"Now it's a whole freaking industry, a religion, and a movement to inoculate a whole aware species against rational reality.
Posted by: Ten | August 28, 2019 at 16:34"

The Zman has something about that this morning:

The Only Equal End

"There can be only one form of post-modernist rule. The rejection of founding truths, the axioms of the human condition, provides not merely justification for political power, social status or even a social order. The void of nihilism can only be filled by the will to power and the necessary application of force to attain power and impose order. The perpetual revolution of post-modernism, the endless questioning of objective reality, is the only way for radicalism to attain power and maintain it. The on-going insanity of the Left is the necessary precursor to perpetual Progressive rule.

I would suggest RTWT.

Another Calgary Marc

Farnsworth, I looked at that pic, and what struck me more strongly was the equation of Nazism with using the American flag, as well as its characterisation. This Eden Han person is not capable of independent thought and is likely a CCP sock puppet.

a different James

Wow. I want my taxpayer dollars back.

Meanwhile, in "look how woke we are here" Ireland, two tax funded universities lock legal horns over the poaching of

... wait for it …

a professor of Geographies of Sexualities and Genders.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/universities-square-up-for-high-court-battle-over-poached-professor-38443133.html

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This Eden Han person is not capable of independent thought and is likely a CCP sock puppet.

Possibly, I'll have to check, could be someone running for congress these days.

Squires

...thus I give you...

You dance this dance too well, and I denounce you.

...you've got problems university won't fix.

But seven years’ hard labor will.

I’m not joking. I’m not entirely joking.

Squires

...Emma Vossen, a post doctoral fellow with a PhD in gender and games.

No.

Daniel Ream

I’m not joking. I’m not entirely joking.

Sooner or later, everyone comes around to the idea of helicopters.

Sam

But helicopters are just not cost effective, Mr Ream.

Why not harness their fear of rapidly rising sea levels and build them a real-life Ark B?

Mr. Saturn

I feel that anyone who uses "ouch" in such a way should be given a very good reason to say "ouch" right after.

pst314

Why not harness their fear of rapidly rising sea levels and build them a real-life Ark B?

I'm all for it. When I journey to Earth II I want to be confident that when I arrive there will be a sufficient number of kommissars.

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