“openly criticizing a campaign to bind their institution into an ideology of racial and social engineering far removed from the time-honored role of higher education”
We covered the beginnings of this is a recent quick take but the resistance is growing. This is a good sign.
Jeff Jacoby writes at the Boston Globe:
Pushing back against indoctrination at UMass Boston
Here’s something you don’t see every day: More than 50 faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Boston are openly criticizing a campaign to bind their institution into an ideology of racial and social engineering far removed from the time-honored role of higher education.
The professors’ criticism takes the form of an online letter posted in response to proposed new mission and vision statements for the university. They reflect what faculty members regard as a hyperfixation on the part of the campus’s leadership — UMass Boston recently installed a new chancellor and a new provost — with casting everything the university does, as some of them put it, in terms of power dynamics and hidden racism.
UMass Boston already has a mission statement. Adopted in 2010, it admirably lays out the university’s purpose. Its first sentence identifies UMass Boston as “a public research university with a dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement.” It celebrates the school’s “vibrant, multi-cultural educational environment” and “broadly diverse campus community.” And it commits UMass Boston to “creating new knowledge while serving the public good of our city, our commonwealth, our nation, and our world.”
Following that statement is a longer discussion of the university’s values. They include “creativity and discovery,” “diversity and inclusion,” and “economic and cultural development.” Emphasized again and again, however, are three values in particular: teaching, research, and service — quintessential objectives for the only public research university in New England’s largest city.
As a concise summary of what UMass Boston stands for, the 2010 statement is close to ideal. By contrast, what the administration suggests replacing it with reeks of woke indoctrination.
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