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Cambridge has become the epicentre of the ‘wokeness’ epidemic plaguing our universities

May 11, 2019

The university has traded academic freedom for institutional virtue-signalling

From outside their gates, all institutions look monolithic. The Foreign Office, large multinationals, universities – all conjure up ideas of slow, endlessly resisted change. In fact all institutions are in flux. And never more so than today, when the whole underpinnings of our societies and morality are up for grabs.

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In recent years the ideology known as “wokeness” has ridden through public and private institutions. Government departments are duty bound to pursue “diversity” as an objective in itself, which in practice means a pursuit of quotas that prioritise a person’s characteristics over their ability. Heads of major corporations and departments talk about “intersectionality” and other creations of the ideological far-Left as though they will enrich their companies, rather than impoverish them.

Even the most hallowed institutions have shown themselves eager to be seen courting this disastrously ill-thought through ideology. Anyone in any doubt over that fact need only look behind the hallowed gates of Cambridge University. In recent months it has taken a set of decisions which make one of our foremost seats of learning look not just woke but weak.

In March the university announced that it had withdrawn its invitation to the Cambridge academic Jordan Peterson to a visiting fellowship … READ ALL >>>

 

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‘There is a climate of intimidation at British universities – we are afraid to speak about anything controversial’

When Professor Jeff McMahan arrived in Oxford, a chance conversation turned him off social media. A fellow philosophy lecturer was rueing the day he had agreed to be his grandson’s “friend” on Facebook, then accepted requests from hordes of students. “I took that as a warning and never signed up,” says McMahan.

He also steered clear of Twitter, which has probably served him well over the past few months as he has been setting up the Journal of Controversial Ideas, a new, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to airing the kind of research on race and intelligence, genetics and gender identity that has recently seen academics no-platformed and drummed out of their jobs.

Needless to say, the prospect of the journal, which intends to offer anonymity to contributors and should begin publication later this year, has proved controversial in itself: McMahan and his co-founders stand accused of being “thin-skinned, elitist” and afraid of robust debate.

“Surely this is a joke. Even unpopular ideas must be owned,” said one Twitter contributor, while another suggested that “Charles Darwin would be spinning in his grave at such cowardice.”

American-born McMahan, White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford – whose study at Corpus Christi was home to the committee which translated the Bible into English 400 years ago – counters that beyond such mockery, the threat to free speech and open debate is real.

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Students Feel Pressured To Reflect Uinversities Anti-Brexit

Bias In Essays

University students have claimed they are being pressured by political activist lecturers into writing essays which pander to the “anti-Brexit bias”in the higher education system, and fear they will be marked down if their work does not comply with the left wing agenda. Students have alleged that free debate on Brexit, and opinions opposed to those of the “Remain” camp is being shut down by lecturers supporting the movement to thwart the democratic will …

Eight Subjects That Ought To B

e Part Of The Manadtory Curriculum For Basic Education?

Should subjects like meditation and gardening be part of the school currriculum? Or as one high school in Massachusetts, USA, seems to believe, classes in analyzing conspiracy theories (if taught properly this could help students distinguish between a true conspiracy theory, a fantasy and what is legitimate questioning of official propaganda. The embedded article from Collective Evolution presents some interesting ideas.

Students censored – An Academic Community In A Crisis Of Collectivism.

Intellectual freedom in our universities is under threat from … intellectuals. So overbearing have the left wing screechers of bourgeois politically correct leftism now become that even the universities have surrendered to the intellectual control freakery of cultural Marxism. But if universities are now dedicated to turning out dull minded conformists, what hope is there for western society?

Who Should Make Decision About Childrens’ Welfare, Parents Or Authoritarian Left Wing Schoolteachers?

We like stories about bureaucrats abusing their authority and about schoolteachers (especiall head teachers) letting their inner fascist out of the closet. So a story than combines both, like this tale of a South Yorkshire primary school head who banned packed lunches because out of concern for ‘her’ children’s welfare she wanted them to have no alternative to the nutrition free slop served by the school kitchen.

Poor white pupils put off school by multicultural timetable

Education, should it be about learning to read, write, spell and calculate? Or should it be about feminism, gay rights, black history and ‘gender awareness’ whatever that is? For many years we have had multiculturalism and politically correct thinking rammed doiwn pupils throats but noe a study by a local education department suggests this obsession with politicallly corret diversity is responsible for the failure of white working class pupils.

Education, Education, Education And To Hell With The Kids

Teaching used to be a vocation and education a high minded calling for those who wished to prepare young minds for adult life by making the process of learning, in the classroom, by discovery and through osmosis, an exciting and fulfilling lifelong process

The Degree Factory: The Decline Of University Education

The decline of university education in parallel with dumbing down of the general population is contributing to the economic and social problems of the industriaised democracies. But why have standars been allowed to slip so far and can the trend in university education towards theraputic and politically correct courses be reversed?

Leading Academic Defends Role Of Universities As An Alternative To Going On The Dole

June 8, 2014

Britain’s leading university official has dismissed the idea that going to university is all about getting a well-paid job. Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, president of Universities UK, defended the idea of education for its own sake and criticised those trying to promote higher education for placing too much emphasis on vocational skills to make money. He spoke out as it emerged that complaints by students had risen to record levels, with more than 20,000 taking grievances to their universities last year.

There are many reasons for the dissatisfaction but a combination of high tuition fees which saddle graduates with a large debt as they make a delayed start on adult life, will poor job prospects for those graduating in many subjects are among the most frequently cited.

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Graduate Tax Will Deter Poorer Students

October 16, 2010

Graduate Tax Would Deter Many From University Education
As the public sector debt crisis forces the coalition to cut the Universities budget Ian R Thorpe wades into the argument about university education as a right and tuition fees …

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