“still in woefully short supply, with little effort being directed toward a remedy”
This is the ongoing irony of higher education’s obsession with diversity.
The College Fix reports:
Even as colleges add diversity programs, diversity of viewpoints on campuses remain low, professors warn
Ilana Redstone Akresh, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is scheduled to teach a course this spring semester called: “Bigots and Snowflakes: Living in a World Where Everyone Else Is Wrong.”
The class will involve readings from both sides of the political spectrum to give students perspective on multiple viewpoints. “The goal of the course is to introduce students to a way of thinking that teaches the importance of a dispassionate examination of multiple perspectives and of thinking critically in all aspects of their education and beyond,” its syllabus states.
Akresh has called it a unique course that tackles the social pressure to not express certain opinions.
“There are certain norms in place that if you have those questions, then you’re not supposed to say that, because then you are either justifying it or are sexist,” Akresh said in a recent interview with the Daily Illini campus newspaper…
She recently co-wrote a column in The Chronicle of Higher Education along with UCLA engineering and public policy Professor John Villasenor about the problem. Headlined “3 Ways That Colleges Suppress a Diversity of Viewpoints,” the two scholars pointed out that even as colleges add more diversity programs, a diversity of viewpoints is at an all time low.
“As colleges adopt an ever-growing array of diversity programs, one form is still in woefully short supply, with little effort being directed toward a remedy: diversity of viewpoints. The lack of an array of freely voiced perspectives on social and political issues is buttressed by a strict set of largely unwritten rules constraining the opinions that can be expressed on campuses, the research that can be performed, the discussions that can be held,” the article stated.
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