University of Wisconsin’s Plan to Bring “Diversity” to Education

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As conservatives, we’ve become accustomed to see all manner of fouled-up ideas from the liberal machine. Affirmative action is perhaps the most illegitimate and outrageous of them all, a nationwide attempt to force employers to repent their bigotry, turn down higher-qualified white men, and hire minorities regardless of whether they are right for the job. It still remains a mystery how that kind of ugly political racism managed to gain a legal foothold, but it has predictably paved the way for some even more ridiculous programs in its wake.

According to a column written by W. Lee Hanson for the John William Pope Center last Wednesday, the University of Wisconsin is considering some extraordinary plans for increased diversity at their school. Finalized in the spring, the program promises that diversity will become a “core organizing principle” for the institution. Or, as Hanson so elegantly puts it, “promoting diversity appears to be more important than teaching students.”

Much of Hanson’s argument focuses on the unclear language in the mission statement, and he makes the excellent point that the entire thing comes off as a charade of diversity-celebration that has little to do with the day-to-day running of the university. That said, he does take special exception to a point about “equity in the distribution of grades.” Whether this means curving the grade book to ensure minority success or additional funding for minority tutors is unclear, but what is clear is that this kind of thinking has no place in a publicly-funded school.

Why is it, one might think to ask, that minority students can’t succeed on a level playing field? Why do learning curricula, hiring strategies, and laws have to be put in place to guarantee their success before they can actually succeed? Is it because, as the libs would have you believe, the system is so irrevocably racist that these programs and helping hands barely make a dent? Or is it something else? Is it, in fact, indoctrination and vote-buying at the most despicable level?

We’ve seen all this before, of course. We saw it in the early 90s, when education “experts” claimed that using swimming pools as objects of measurement in the SAT was racist and exclusionary. They didn’t appear swayed by the argument that the “pool” could have been anything, and that the word problems did not depend on prior knowledge of the item in question to solve.

Then there was the Portland principal last year who claimed that mentioning peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in a lesson was unfair to Hispanics and other students who didn’t grow up with that kind of lunch.

It’s not news to anyone reading this article that political correctness has run amok in America, and the consequences of it have gone well beyond annoying PC phrases. It affects our employment law, it affects our children’s educations, and it is now creeping into our higher universities.

When we bend over and simply give minorities straight A’s and high-paying jobs, will that be enough, or will they still demand more? What do you think.