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Prof Who Refused Mandatory Diversity Training Has Kept His Job

Prof Who Refused Mandatory Diversity Training Has Kept His Job

“The industry that produces these materials is a fraud, and no serious studies indicate the efficacy or worth of such training.”

We reported on this case earlier this year. This professor has a lot of guts. Refusing the left in this way can end your career.

Campus Reform reports:

EXCLUSIVE: School backs down, prof who refused diversity training still employed

After a bureaucratic tug-of-war with administration, the South Carolina professor who refused to take mandatory bias training reports that he has kept his job.

Campus Reform recently reported on an associate professor at Converse College who was threatened with termination after publicly refusing to take university-sponsored diversity and anti-bias training. Jeff Poelvoorde recently told Campus Reform that he was not fired, and spoke at length about his experience.

Converse College President Krista Newkirk sent a notice to faculty in June instructing them to complete mandatory diversity and anti-bias training. Faculty were instructed to complete the “required” training by 5 p.m. on August 3.

Poelvoorde refused to take the mandatory training because the materials were “pernicious, an assault to the dignity and intelligence of the professoriate, in fact, an insult to anyone’s intelligence and dignity.”

“The industry that produces these materials is a fraud, and no serious studies indicate the efficacy or worth of such training. Enforced or otherwise, these materials have made the world we live in worse, for they substitute indoctrination and cartoonish ‘training’ for genuine education and thoughtfulness,” Poelvoorde said in a recent interview with Campus Reform.

Poelvoorde said that he actually offered to take the training “if the College would reverse the mandate and apologize to the faculty for its imposition,” but that Newkirk did not accept this offer.

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He had a lot of courage to point out the offensive indoctrination and refuse to participate. I was forced to go through several of these indoctrinations, all implying blacks are good, whites are bad, girls are good, boys are bad, gays are good, straights are bad, etc. They were predictable, racist in the extreme, and offensively simple-minded.

Of course, the presenters are blind to the racist nature of these indoctrinations, and as they caution against stereotyping minorities, they are promoting pernicious stereotypes against everyone else.

I was not so courageous. I simply took a good journal, and my notepad, or my tablet computer, and appeared to be taking copious, careful notes while I was actually catching up on my reading and correspondence. I used the time for education, not re-education.

    healthguyfsu in reply to OldProf2. | September 24, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Agreed. I don’t have tenure so I go along, but they can’t own my thoughts!

    daniel_ream in reply to OldProf2. | September 25, 2020 at 1:59 am

    At one such corporate session I was forced to attend (driven by yet another VP playing grabass with a female employee) the HR power skirt would pick on people to answer questions by throwing a koosh ball at them to ensure everyone was paying attention. One middle manager, who was using the time to discuss a critical project with the person sitting next to him, got caught unawares and bobbled the ball.

    The skirt’s response was to donkey laugh at him in front of the whole room and say “you catch like a girl!”

From the posted parts of the article, it sounds like the “training” is still mandatory for everyone else. That’s a very bad thing.

no serious studies indicate the efficacy or worth of such training

When was this ever about efficacy or worth?

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