Random Quotations – April 20th, 2016

Education: The politicizing and dumbing-down of the next generation.

Four items in total…

“If students at the University of Guelph want to start, say, a chess club, they first have to take ‘anti-oppression’ training that includes learning about ableism, saneism, classism and other ideas… This is just one of the strange facts I discovered about how politically correct and bureaucratic the student experience in Canada has become after learning about the hurdles faced by student group Generation Screwed (the youth wing of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation -JG)… other schools have held up the group’s applications for months and even lost applications multiple times.” – Anthoney Furey, “’Anti-oppression’ training, bureaucracy, holds up student clubs” Toronto Sun, April 6th, 2016.

“No, they are not providing education. They are not the environments any more where you go and debate ideas. They have been in many cases become politically correct zones where you’re allowed to develop and express your ideas as long as they are consistent with whatever the faculty or the culture on campus has decided it should be, and typically that’s very much (a) leftist, liberal leaning… the agenda’s already been set, what we’re here to do is we’re here to engrain in you a way of looking at the world, rather than providing an environment where you can explore the world and reach your own conclusions and go where you want to go – sorry, you’re here, we’ve got an agenda for you and you know if you don’t adhere to the agenda, we’re going to make life kind of miserable for you.” – Ed Hoekstra being interviewed by Ed Morrissey – “Politically incorrect to talk Western values on college campuses”, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, April 6th, 2016.

“Student activists at Brown University complained of emotional stress and poor grades after they spent months of protesting for various causes. They blamed the university for insisting that they complete their coursework… Professor Salvador Vidal-Ortiz of American University… tells his students that though he is light-skinned, he refuses to be called white. ‘I will not be labeled as something that I know is violent’… (The student-run Stanford Political Journal wrote): it would have been fitting for Stanford to select a president that deviates from the traditional white, straight, male mode…” – Various extract from a report by The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, quoted in “Campus Lunacy” by Walter E. Williams, March 30th, 2016.

“The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) is being sued for having once again displayed its vicious intolerance for politically-incorrect opinions on campus… The Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS) has been denied registered club status by RSU. Unlike dozens of other campus clubs, MIAS cannot advertise, book rooms and information tables, or host speakers and debates on campus… MIAS welcomes women (nearly half of its members are female), supports gay pride parades, unequivocally denounces violence and misogyny, and supports legal equality for women… But that is not good enough for RSU, which claims that the discussion of male concerns makes women feel unsafe and ‘harasses’ women… RSU contends that MIAS could become ‘a breeding ground for misogyny and anti-feminism’ and ‘spin out of control’…” – Toronto Sun, “Ryerson student union shows its intolerance” April 12th, 2016.