Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Multiculturalism was originally the goal, but we lost this battle long ago, when the wording of the program was changed from "multicultural, gender and minority" courses to "diversity". In an assessment document for the diversity program here (scroll down to bottom third), the goals of the program include this:
Students will identify unjust, de-humanizing, and oppressive policies and practices of individuals, authorities, and social institutions within the dominant culture and their impact on the treatment of various disenfranchised groups.That's not inquiry. That's enforcing a worldview at a public university. It includes this as a criterion:
The course must promote respect for human dignity and differences by methods that employ and strengthen the cognitive, affective, and critical powers of students by impartial and critical examination of facts, beliefs, interpretations of facts, and arguments, and by other ways of knowing.I have no idea what the hell that means, and I rather insist that you don't either. Again, this is from an ASSESSMENT document. How do you measure this???
UPDATE: Cold Spring Shops asks whether disenfranchised groups would "include Aristotelians in the English Department?"