Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

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Re: Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

Postby ergot » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:39 pm

Yale Scholar: Avoid White Men ‘To Stay Alive’
This is what happens when ideological activism is substituted for intellectual honesty.
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Re: Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

Postby shadylady » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:48 pm

'I'm watching you, white boy': Yale student pledges to collect dirt on white males
The lady who wrote the article might keep in mind what they say about Karma.
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Re: Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

Postby mrgreen » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:01 pm

Academic Hoax
Perfect example of what this thread is about! Fake academics undermines the mission of academic institutions. Whether it's Black Studies, Gay Studies, Women's Studies, or whatever studies, it's all agenda driven and it puts advocacy before academics. Even many teacher training programs operate using this approach. It's a travesty and ultimately is very anti-intellectual and at odds with the development of a free society.
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Re: Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

Postby recluse » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:41 pm

Roger Scruton: How Fake Subjects like Women Studies Invaded Academia
Many people never attend a college or a university, but they hear about some of the stupid stuff that is allowed under the guise the academics. This calls into question the legitimacy of our institutions of higher learning. Fake subjects must be purged from colleges and universities in order to regain respect for our academic institutions!
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Re: Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

Postby wildrose » Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:38 am

The Coddling of the American Mind
In this world of microaggressions and trigger warnings we see an attack being waged against reason, evidence, facts, logic, etc. and people clinging to what might be called emotional reasoning. The entire notion of "emotional intelligence" is emblematic of this trend away from academic integrity.
Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.

Basic truths are being attacked...
The list of offensive statements included: “America is the land of opportunity” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”

And if you do try to actually use reason and logic...
You might call this impulse vindictive protectiveness. It is creating a culture in which everyone must think twice before speaking up, lest they face charges of insensitivity, aggression, or worse.

In fact, one of the most common cognitive distortions is emotional reasoning and yet the idea of "emotional intelligence" is often pushed by educational institutions. It's time for educational institutions to return to practices which encourage academic and intellectual integrity.
https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/
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Re: Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

Postby cactuspete » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:37 am

Conservative speaker assaulted at University of Missouri-Kansas
Progressives say they want diversity, but in reality they won't tolerate diversity. Progressives have become so narrow-minded and dogmatic that they are actually the embodiment of all the things they claim to hate. They are such clueless hypocrites!
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Re: Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

Postby ergot » Thu May 02, 2019 8:13 pm

Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids
Peterson provides a very clear description of the threat facing our educational system.
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Re: Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

Postby cactuspete » Sun May 12, 2019 7:05 am

Real Time with Bill Maher: Richard Dawkins – Regressive Leftists
Universities and free speech at one time were synonymous. Now they are complete opposites.
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Re: Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

Postby desertrat » Sun May 19, 2019 6:37 am

Brainwashed Professor Embarrassed In Front Of Her Students
Perfect example of the problem! When disagreeing with someone is conflated with violence, we can no longer have a rational discussion.
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Re: Activism and Advocacy versus Academics

Postby mrgreen » Wed May 29, 2019 10:12 pm

Harvard Caves to Student Mob
Another sad, pathetic case where a major university has failed to show integrity!
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