The report was drafted by Harvard’s 46-person “Inclusion and Belonging Task Force”, though no speaking engagement for Barney the Dinosaur has been announced.
Free speech is not the only thing under attack on campuses in the U.S. Even prestigious universities like Harvard are making efforts to reduce the educational aspect of college, favoring inclusivity over academics. Critical thinking hasn’t been particularly popular in recent months, and double standards are all the rage. Harvard University’s history of slavery doesn’t seem to have instigated any riots, and nobody seems to be calling for the destruction of anything on campus, though someone did complain about the Law School’s seal once. The task force’s report does recommend changing some of the symbolism to be more inclusive, granted, but that’s a far cry from criminal vandalism taking place everywhere else.
The report doesn’t seem to have been proofread, though the specific recommendations in the report suggest that bad grammar may just be part of the plan, as language proficiency is a standard “indicator of excellence,” which the strike team opposes.
Section C states that the school should avoid “over-reliance on indicators of excellence that systematically favor historically dominant groups”, though these indicators are generally associated with professional success just as much as educational. The “system” they’re trying to dodge is, after all, just the world. Indicators of success that systematically favor historically dominant groups include things like; writing, reading comprehension, math, critical thinking, and problem solving. While these skills are largely useless for Gender Studies students, they are critical for success of any sort outside the campus setting.
The prestigious nature of the Ivy League does put a focus of the education on leadership, and this report makes a commitment to “preparing students for inclusive leadership in the world at and beyond Harvard,” though eliminating the stringency of education makes real-world leadership virtually impossible. Rest assured, if you’re unable to comprehend an email written above the 6th grade level, or write an email above the 6th grade level, for that matter, you’re unlikely to find yourself in a position of leadership anywhere except a campus safe space or inclusivity task force.
Ironically, Harvard’s already more inclusive than reality, with a wildly misrepresentative demographic breakdown of student admissions ethnicity. Apparently, 50.9% of admissions are non-whites, despite the fact that 73.6% of the nation is white. Granted, 12.4 percent are international, but that hardly makes up a difference that large. While African Americans have a proportionally representative admission rate – They makes up 14.6 percent of admissions, compared to 12.6 percent of the population nationally. – Asian Americans are over-represented by a factor of roughly four. Asian Americans make up only 5.1 percent of the U.S. population, but 22.2 percent of Harvard’s 2017 admissions. I was under the impression that the “Asians are smart” stereotype was racist, but Harvard’s managed to institutionalize that stereotype without causing any protests. Though I expect that was necessary to keep the rate of STEM degrees from plummeting, and being replaced by flocks of Gender Studies students.
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