Wednesday, October 31, 2007

University of Delaware--We're Watching

Resident students at U of D dorms subjected to forced indoctrination

As usual, FIRE is on the case:

Update and Rejoice--this program has been ended.

FIRE Press Release

NEWARK, Del., October 30, 2007—The University of Delaware subjects students in its residence halls to a shocking program of ideological reeducation that is referred to in the university’s own materials as a “treatment” for students’ incorrect attitudes and beliefs. The Orwellian program requires the approximately 7,000 students in Delaware’s residence halls to adopt highly specific university-approved views on issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy, and environmentalism. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is calling for the total dismantling of the program, which is a flagrant violation of students’ rights to freedom of conscience and freedom from compelled speech.

“The University of Delaware’s residence life education program is a grave intrusion into students’ private beliefs,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “The university has decided that it is not enough to expose its students to the values it considers important; instead, it must coerce its students into accepting those values as their own. At a public university like Delaware, this is both unconscionable and unconstitutional.”

The university’s views are forced on students through a comprehensive manipulation of the residence hall environment, from mandatory training sessions to “sustainability” door decorations. Students living in the university’s eight housing complexes are required to attend training sessions, floor meetings, and one-on-one meetings with their Resident Assistants (RAs). The RAs who facilitate these meetings have received their own intensive training from the university, including a “diversity facilitation training” session at which RAs were taught, among other things, that “[a] racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality.”

The university suggests that at one-on-one sessions with students, RAs should ask intrusive personal questions such as “When did you discover your sexual identity?” Students who express discomfort with this type of questioning often meet with disapproval from their RAs, who write reports on these one-on-one sessions and deliver these reports to their superiors. One student identified in a write-up as an RA’s “worst” one-on-one session was a young woman who stated that she was tired of having “diversity shoved down her throat.”

According to the program’s materials, the goal of the residence life education program is for students in the university’s residence halls to achieve certain “competencies” that the university has decreed its students must develop in order to achieve the overall educational goal of “citizenship.” These competencies include: “Students will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society,” “Students will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of oppression,” and “Students will be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily habits and consumer mentality.”

At various points in the program, students are also pressured or even required to take actions that outwardly indicate their agreement with the university’s ideology, regardless of their personal beliefs. Such actions include displaying specific door decorations, committing to reduce their ecological footprint by at least 20%, taking action by advocating for an “oppressed” social group, and taking action by advocating for a “sustainable world.”

In the Office of Residence Life’s internal, these programs are described using the harrowing language of ideological reeducation. In documents relating to the assessment of student learning, for example, the residence hall lesson plans are referred to as “treatments.”

In a letter sent yesterday to University of Delaware President Patrick Harker, FIRE pointed out the stark contradiction between the residence life education program and the values of a free society. FIRE’s letter to President Harker also underscored the University of Delaware’s legal obligation to abide by the First Amendment. FIRE reminded Harker of the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943), a case decided during World War II that remains the law of the land. Justice Robert H. Jackson, writing for the Court, declared, “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”

“The fact that the university views its students as patients in need of treatment for some sort of moral sickness betrays a total lack of respect not only for students’ basic rights, but for students themselves,” Lukianoff said. “The University of Delaware has both a legal and a moral obligation to immediately dismantle this program, and FIRE will not rest until it has.”

FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation that unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of individual rights, due process rights, freedom of expression, and rights of conscience on our campuses. FIRE would like to thank the Delaware Association of Scholars (DAS) for its invaluable assistance in this case. FIRE’s efforts to preserve liberty at the University of Delaware and elsewhere can be seen by visiting
I have kids. I hope to impart solid values to them and its not easy with government schools and a custodial ex that's not always on the same page as me.

But I know that she would never permit this kind of pseudopolitical indoctrination. We both know a man that swam Hong Kong harbor to escape the PRC. We both know a woman that escaped the Soviet controlled Ukraine with her son knowing that her math profressor brother would come under scrutiny. We both know Poles and Romanians who rejoice in the freedoms that Reagan's challenges brought.

OK. We're (ex and I) irreconcilable on some things. But not on what's most important to our kids. As a first generation American, the Queen of Seoul knows what's important. She--and I--will NEVER let our kids fall into the mindtrap of policor as long as we have any say in the matter.

Miles Davis recorded Live Evil in 1970.

We now witness (record) Live Vile in politics, media, and college campuses (campi?)


Davis Horowitz is best known recently for organizing Islamo-fascism week at a number of universities nationwide.

He was shouted into suspending his presentation at Emory University by non-student protestors.

Horowitz published the important treatise .Indoctrination U:The Left's War Against Academic Freedom (Encounter Books, 2007.

That may be his more lasting contribution.

This is a turnpost


turn said...

Just testing

Dymphna said...

Oh, lord, don't get me started on this tripe!

I'm sooo glad the future Baron is done with might want to look into Hillman for yours. No gummint funding. Lots of aid...solid curriculum.

In the mid to late '80's when I worked at a battered woman's shelter, I decided to use my own time to attend a "racism" workshop being led by a local black church.

At the time, the residents of the shrlter where I worked were both races, with an occasional Hispanic woman thrown in. I figured I might learn something about resolving conflicts before they degenerated into name calling in which race was a big feature. That was not a frequent problem, but it was recurrent and tended to leave bitterness in its wake...

The workshop was run by two very cool dudes from New Orleans, pardon me: N'awlins. These guys weree the epitome of KEWL...

I wasn't in my chair 15 minutes before I heard "only white people can be racist. Blacks cannot be racist because of their history of oppression."

Not beleiving my ears, I asked them to repeat what they'd said. So they did, smirking. But smirking real cool, you know?

So I got up, gave them a little bitty wave, and left. Wasn't going to let two fools waste my Friday evening.

So this gar-bage has been floating in the PC sewer for more than a quarter century now. I mean, by the time such trash-talk got to our little town, it must have been floating along for a good few wasn't news, except to me.

And now I have to endure lily-white Episcopalian priests doing massive mea culpas for the color of their skin.

There's another scenario at colleges that drives me nuts. In the fair dominion of Virginia, if a woman is drunk, she cannot give consent to sexual congress. So if her male partner, even if he is equally inebriated, engages in such and she complains the next day, he can be tried for rape.

The outcome is that whenever some sorority sister gets sh**t-faced and shagged, if she reports it to the school, he gets kicked out and everyone else has to attend date-rape classes. I have asked for alcoholism classes, to no avail.

The last guy it happened to at our son's school sued the girl for defamation of character. I hope he won.

I wonder if they've considered the ramifications if two lesbians experience the same situation. Neither one can "give consent" if they're drunk, so what does the Commonwealth's Attorney do with the complaintant? How about a transvestite and a man? A man and a talking parrot?

Never mind....

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