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Duped by Diversity

Heather MacDonald, author of The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture, has an op-ed in the Daily News:

Another new college year, another opportunity to teach students that “America was never that great,” to quote Gov. Cuomo. From the moment that college students set foot on campus, they will be inundated with the message that the United States in particular and Western civilization in general are the world’s primary sources of oppression and injustice.

That idea is rapidly infusing the world outside academia, as Cuomo’s recent comment suggests.

Here is what to expect over the next nine months.

The anti-meritocratic assault on science will accelerate. The lack of proportional representation of females, blacks and Hispanics in computer science, engineering, and other math-based fields will be attributed to a racist and sexist commitment to the “male-socialized traits” of “objectivity and rationality,” as a recent article in The Physics Teacher put it.

Teaching will be slowed down, and standards loosened (a process officially known as “culturally responsive pedagogy”), in an effort to “diversify” the STEM classroom. A professor at the University of Akron announced in May 2018 that he was boosting females’ grades in his Systems Integration class as part of a “national movement to encourage female students to go into information sciences.” He withdrew the policy after criticism from conservative media, but such efforts will continue in other forms.

Education in the monuments of the human imagination must now take the back seat to identity politics.