“Directly after class, the instructional team met to debrief and plan a response”
Is this what higher education is devolving into? A place where professors are nothing but guardians of political correctness?
Campus Reform reports:
Entire class punished for ‘microaggressive’ comments
A Columbia University professor recently described how an entire class was punished after some students used “microaggressive” language in an online chat.
Matthea Marquart, who teaches online classes for graduate students studying social work, noticed that some students used unspecified “racially microaggressive” language during the live chat of a recent online class.
“Directly after class, the instructional team met to debrief and plan a response,” Marquart wrote in a Jan 4 article for the journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work which she co-authored with the course’s teaching assistant and an online instructional support staffer.
The response, as Marquart indicated, consisted of punishing the entire class with extra work.
Students were slapped with “two additional readings,” consisting of the seminal 16-page article that popularized the term microaggressions, “Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice,” and a 21 page essay on the link between “white identity” and “mental health” that was titled “European American (White) Racial Identity Development.”
In an additional discussion post, the students were instructed to come clean about whether they were one of the students who were “active” in the microaggressive chat comments, and to explain what the “experience” of seeing the microaggressive comments was like.
“What have other conversations around identity, race, culture, oppression, and colonization been like for you at our school?” Marquart also asked students, later asking, “what can you contribute that might change the experience of this conversation for yourself?”
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