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California State U. to Require Course on Ethnic Studies, Social Justice

California State U. to Require Course on Ethnic Studies, Social Justice

“will soon be required for graduation from California State University after its board of trustees Wednesday approved a proposal to add such courses”

Progressive ideas are so popular that they have to be made mandatory.

FOX News reports:

Cal State University to require students to take course on ethnic studies, social justice

Courses on ethnic studies and social justice will soon be required for graduation from California State University after its board of trustees Wednesday approved a proposal to add such courses as a three-unit requirement in the nation’s largest public university system.

After six years of developing a plan with a broad array of classes covering ethnic issues and academic studies, the trustees have approved the first changes to the school’s general education curriculum in 40 years.

But some critics want a narrower focus only on ethnic studies — not social justice — which is part of a parallel proposal under consideration by state lawmakers.

The trustees have been at odds with the state Legislature on expanding the school system’s requirements on making ethnic studies a graduation requirement.

The trustees’ proposal is much broader than a similar initiative in the California Legislature, which would require California State University campuses starting in the 2021-2022 academic year to offer courses on race and ethnicity focusing on Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Latina and Latino Americans. Students would need to take a three-credit course to graduate. The state Legislature’s version does not count social justice classes — only courses focused on certain ethnic studies.

The board’s version allows for social justice classes to fulfill the requirement — prompting critics to argue against it because it would allow some students to skip ethnic studies entirely if they chose the social justice option.

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What happens it you take a social justice course and don’t accept their premises or arguments that social justice is not racist? That BLM isn’t an organization of criminals working to force the police to stop bothering black criminals when their breaking the law. That the police aren’t murdering black people. That George Floyd wasn’t murdered by the police. That Trayvon wasn’t murdered by Zimmerman. I expect that you would fail the course, but could you sue to have your grade changed?

    OldProf2 in reply to ConradCA. | July 24, 2020 at 12:35 am

    You must realize this is not an academic course, but an academic brainwashing. If you resist, I suspect what would happen would be similar to what would happen in any of the North Vietnamese re-education camps, or in the current Chinese re-education camps. You would be mobbed and mocked and flamed and have to leave school.

    Albigensian in reply to ConradCA. | July 24, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    These courses don’t start with questions, they start with answers. Sort of like the “what we believe” list one might see if one is considering joining a new congregation, if you don’t believe most of it (and tacitly agree to remain quiet about the rest) then you really don’t belong there.

    Of course, the differences between today’s mandatory political “courses” and the loyalty oaths once demanded by McCarthy are (a) you can’t just quickly swear fealty and be done with it, and (b) McCarthy asked for loyalty oaths only from faculty, not from students and (c) the most important: McCarthy was not an academic and therefore it was easy for academics to organize against him, whereas today’s demands for political conformity arise from within the university itself.

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