Education is (now) Ideology

I know it is been a long time between posts, but as John Lennon once said, “life is what happens when you’re busy making plans”.  And I have been planning on getting back to blogging.

Today’s post discusses a worrying trend currently underway in the United States.  If you are not aware, then go to some of the education sites, such as Higher Ed, HuffPost Ed etc, and read about the alarming (my words) number of protests happening at various institutions.

The protests are demanding the end to institutional racism – whatever that is – hiring of more black teacher, at the detriment of non-black teachers.  The removal of ballistic vests worn by campus police along with the demilitarising of campus police.  All in the name of making them feel safe.  So, their feeling safe is more important that the police officers actually be safe – go figure.

The overall theme of these protests, as I can discern, is that they want their campus to be a ‘safe place’.  Now, if they are being subjected to physical violence or overt racism, sexism, or any other -ism, then yes.  They should protest and demand a safe place.  But what they really mean is a safe place from those ideas that they object to.  This would then turn the campus into a safe place for them, and not a safe place for anyone (most probably me) who has alternative views.  I mean, after all, isn’t the overall goal of university – or any formal teaching location –  to stretch and challenge your views and opinions of the broader world?

Also, isn’t it supposed to prepare people for engagement witht he broader society and the world?  The world is not a safe place. Businesses is not a safe place.  Don’t these people watch reality TV?  I mean have you watched The Apprentice, or Survivor, or Geordie Shore, or even the news?

The world has its share of nasty people, and also people who do not ascribe to the views being espoused on these university campuses.  How are they going to cope?  Are they going to cope?  I doubt it.  So this may mean they will only find employment in like minded – often tax payer funded – institutions.  And never really contributed to making the WORLD a better and safe place.

These are just some randowm thoughts, something more structured will follow soon – I promise.

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