College

Classes Canceled as Lawmakers Cut Boise State Budget Over Diversity Course Kerfuffle

The university abruptly shut down dozens of classes over an unfounded claim that a white student was taunted.

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Boise State University canceled 55 classes of diversity-themed ethics courses in March all because of a single complaint that a white student was "mistreated and demeaned" in class. A subsequent independent investigation found no evidence that such an incident ever happened.

At the same time this complaint was filed, though, lawmakers were proposing cutting more than $400,000 from the university's budget. This budget cut was put forth by Republican lawmakers upset by social justice and critical race theory they believe is taught there. The timing of the anonymous complaint and the drastic action taken by the university, coupled with the lawmakers' attack on college funding, looks a lot like culture war political combat pitting conservative politicians against progressive academics.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has closely followed the case, concerned that pressure from politicians may be playing a role in what's acceptable to teach in college and what's forbidden.

On March 15, an unnamed community leader filed a complaint with the school claiming he had seen a video of a white student in a class being forced to apologize for being white and being taunted by other students for having white privilege. The person who filed the complaint could not direct investigators to this video, nor did they possess a copy of it. Nevertheless, without any proof that this incident happened, the very next day after receiving the complaint, the school canceled all 55 sections of a mandatory course titled University Foundations 200. Nearly 1,300 students were enrolled in the course. Marlene Tromp, the university's president, told the Idaho Statesman that canceling the classes was a necessary part of investigating the charges. Interim Provost Tony Roark compared it to tracking down a gas leak, saying you had to "evacuate the building" to see if the leak was real.

But Hawley Troxell, the law firm hired by the university, subsequently reported that they "were unable to substantiate the instance of a student being mistreated in a UF 200 course as described by the Complainant."

They were able to track down one incident that had taken place a week before that might have been mischaracterized: a student in a debate with an instructor over structural inequality and capitalism got upset and called the instructor's logic "stupid." A couple of classmates criticized her behavior, and the instructor actually spoke up to defend her. She ended up leaving the Zoom class in tears, but the instructor checked in with her afterward to make sure she was OK. When Hawley Troxell contacted her, she said that the instructor had not treated her disrespectfully. They also found there was no reference to white privilege and no racial taunting.

So Boise State University leaders threw students' class schedules into disarray all over a single complaint that submitted with no evidence. Aaron Terr at FIRE expresses concern that this response is not based on actual fears that students are being harmed but by fears of political retaliation:

Boise State's actions look less like a good-faith effort to prevent harassment or discrimination and more like an attempt to appease lawmakers, frustrated by their perception of what was being taught and discussed on campus, on the eve of an upcoming vote that would slash the university's budget. Additionally, Boise State's president claims lawmakers had been complaining to her about the UF 200 courses for months. … It seems much more likely that those complaints were about the subject matter of the courses or the "indoctrination" of students, another claim for which Hawley Troxell's investigation found no evidence.

The college was not rewarded for capitulating to lawmakers. Instead, lawmakers in early May cut a total of $1.5 million from the university's budget, some of whom have made it abundantly clear that their attack on the college's funding is connected to Boise State University promoting ideas the lawmakers don't like. Sen. Carl Crabtree (R–Grangeville) was quoted by the Idaho Statesman saying the cuts would "send a message" to university officials that teaching these subjects would lead to punishment.

In April, between the point that the complaint against Boise State University was filed and the investigation concluded, Idaho lawmakers introduced and passed H.B. 377, which states that "critical race theory" inflames division on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, and nationality. It orders that no public education institution can compel students to affirm or adopt any belief:

  • That any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior;
  • That individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin; or
  • That individuals, by virtue of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.

Republican Gov. Brad Little quickly signed this bill into law. The report from Hawley Troxell observes that, had H.B. 377 been in effect when this incident happened, there would have been no violations of its orders.

Even if an incident had happened, it should be unacceptable for lawmakers to use the budget process to punish—or reward—colleges for which ideas are discussed in class at a public university.

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  2. Oh, goody. Inching toward the reveal of the libertarian case for racially demeaning and discriminatory state education.

    “How dare they!” – Scott Shackford

    1. The libertarian case for taxpayer funded marxist indoctrination.

      1. ENB and the B Team are on it

      2. Voluntary collective guilt doesn’t violate the NAP in any meaningful way, to be sure.

    2. |”Even if an incident had happened, it should be unacceptable for lawmakers to use the budget process to punish—or reward—colleges for which ideas are discussed in class at a public university.”|

      The author closes his article with, shall we say, an interesting argument. Is the gist of the author’s closing that legislative control of the budgeted expenditures of the state is not an appropriate function of the legislature? Or is the argument that “universities” are entitled to a fixed number of dollars or a fixed percentage of the budge, amounts to be held sacrosanct and immune to legislative action? Does the author posit that because of the ivy on the walls and sweet virtue signaled by liberal university administrators colleges and universities should be fully autonomous and not answer to the state legislature? Or does the author’s argument boil down to That mean legislature decreased the money supporting an idea that I favor, and therefore that action is least unfair, or unwise, or maybe it should even be illegal?”

      Actually my choice is that the author has a political agenda and got out over his skis in making what he thought was a clever argument, which argument actually revealed him to be a damn fool!

      1. I agree with your conclusion. Apparently the author is angry on the singular issue that the legislature cancelled the mandatory marxist training. A principled libertarian would have made this about the corruption of ideal and the market by government funding of schools, but we haven’t seen one of those around here since the chocolate socialist stole their hearts.

  3. “The timing of the anonymous complaint and the drastic action taken by the university, coupled with the lawmakers’ attack on college funding, looks a lot like culture war political combat pitting conservative politicians against progressive academics.

    But the teaching of Critical Race Theory is perfectly innocent?

    Was this class a general ed requirement? Can you graduate with any degree without taking any of these classes?

    1. Glad someone else raised this issue comment. From a libertarian perspective it’s a complete word-salad. Taunting = attack? Conservative politicians and progressive academics weren’t pitted against each other until the taunting took place? Grass roots taunting = political combat or is the assertion it was staged? BLM staged a racial taunting to preserve funding? Conservative culture warriors staged a racial taunting and we should ignore it because it’s really just cover to cut spending?

      It’s a critical mass of FUD.

      1. is the assertion it was staged?

        Maybe faked is the better term. Regardless, we shouldn’t cut spending because of a fake racial incident that, if real and/or if reversed we should absolutely cut funding? WTF?

        1. The entire “racial reckoning” psy-op was obviously astroturfed. The fact that so many in right / libertarian media are either unwilling or unable to acknowledge this is an enormous red flag.

    2. What do you think schools should teach about race, Ken?

      How about a thumbnail sketch of American racial history.

      1. I advocate a safety first approach. If schools wanted to teach kids about race in a way that would benefit them most, they would start by pointing out which areas of the city have the most crime. This would help kids know which areas they should avoid.

      2. Critical Race Theory is not teaching about race, per se.

        And it’s not clear they should be teaching any specific perspective regarding race. But whatever. The debate over the university’s responsibility for the moral development of society is endless.

        But they should most certainly NOT be teaching that:

        1. (i) That any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national
          origin is inherently superior or inferior;
          (ii) That individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin;
          or
          (iii) That individuals, by virtue of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.

          1. I completely agree. That’s all a bit heavy for schoolchildren, and most of it is probably best left up to their parents.

            I didn’t ask what you wouldn’t teach, I asked what you would. Let’s accept the premise that we’re talking about a class that necessarily must discuss the role of race in American history.

            1. I’ll bite. I think at the college level you could go into “Group Dynamics in American History” or “Perspectives on black culture” or something like that. You could then give a primer on what race is (a categorical human construct) and what it isn’t (an immutable inheritable identity). In a Group Dynamics course, you could certainly get into power structures and talk through various Groups in and out of power at various points in time (Protestants vs. Catholics, European aliens vs. American Natives, Slaveowners vs. Slaves, English-Americans vs. Irish-Americans). In a more specific black culture course you could dive deep into the history of slavery within Africa, within the “developed world”, within the US, the influence that slavery had over the concept of “sub-human”, the difference between “All men are created equal” and the de jure and de facto practice of that principle, etc.

              What is it you’re trying to lead someone into saying?

              1. +1, peak Tony training

              2. I think you’re worrying too much about a problem that’s not a problem. I don’t know if you know how college works, but kids get to choose what they want to focus on. If colleges are offering courses that discuss race, that’s probably a smart move with respect to the current and future marketplace for college grads. We’re in something of a reckoning as a culture.

                In my day, we didn’t discuss race too much, but I don’t think there was a single black person at my university not on the football team, so why bother?

                You said enough. There’s plenty of “whatever you do, don’t ever imply that white people have had an unfair advantage” in there. Which is less of a concern for historical accuracy and more about your delicate feelings, I presume.

                1. You said enough. There’s plenty of “whatever you do, don’t ever imply that white people have had an unfair advantage” in there.

                  Are college kids not smart enough to grasp the concept that slaveowners have an advantage over slaves?

                  Sorry, but I presume your argument seems to be less concerned with historical accuracy and more concerned with your delicate feelings.

            2. Why do we need to accept that premise at all, specifically regarding these particular classes? The linked articles say the classes were mandatory first-year courses. There’s no reason why this type of class should be mandatory.

              If you’re talking about elective courses- which this story is not- then professors can teach whatever they want.

      3. How about a thumbnail sketch of American racial history.

        Just curious, when you say ‘American History’, do you mean all of Western Civilization?

        P.S. – I can’t lie, I’m not curious. I know you’re completely full of shit and are willing to traipse aimlessly between American and Western History because you don’t actually give a shit about race or history.

      4. How about a thumbnail sketch of American racial history.
        Oh LOOK!!! It’s DEMOCRATIC President Andrew Jackson!
        …. followed by???? You guessed right — Democrat FDR…

        Ya know Tony for a [WE] mob Democratic policy lover you sure missed the boat on “American racial history”.

      5. That it’s ridiculous made up bullshit.

      6. Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair! ™

        There’s your thumbnail sketch, Tony. C’mon you already know this. You’re the poster child for it.

    3. The linked articles state that they were mandatory freshman “ethics” classes. It was 55 modules of the same class, not 55 individual courses randomly canceled. I had to go two links deep to get that information, which speaks volumes about the dishonesty of this article. I’m assuming, since it’s a required freshman course, you can’t graduate with any degree without fulfilling this requirement.

      It would be reasonable to object if we were talking about elective courses that are not mandatory to graduate. It would even be reasonable to object if it were mandatory courses toward a chosen degree plan, because students are free to choose their own degree path.

      But it’s ridiculous to say it violates intellectual freedom or whatever when students’ educations are held hostage to nonsense “diversity themed ethics courses,” which they can’t opt out of. It’s not intellectual freedom when you have a captive audience who have no intellectual choice in the matter. Whether the incident in question happened or not is immaterial to the actual issue, which is that this nonsense should not be actively sponsored on public funded campuses, it’s a violation of students’ civil rights to have to sit through CRT indoctrination courses in which white students are demeaned, disparaged, and forced to make confessions and apologies for being born white, and the state legislature has an interest in the issue because they’re obligating taxpayer funds for it.

      1. Where the heck is that Like button?

    4. CRT is the new Common Core for cultural warriors. Doesn’t matter if people don’t even know what it means they have to have something to hate.

      1. lol – good way to ignore everyone I guess is assume they all don’t know what they’re talking about.

        Let’s assume some of them know exactly what CRT is and do not think it has any merit. Do they have a point?

        Or do you have some convenient talking point to dismiss their opinions too?

  4. We take our educatin’ real serious like here in Idaho.

    1. Till all the CA progressives got tire of the sh*thole they created and decided to move to Boise and make it a sh*thole too.

  5. Perhaps if collage only had useful classes then tuition would be cheaper and the graduates more useful.

    1. The obvious fix is eliminate state funding altogether.

    2. Merit-based education is racist. The way to racial equality is to educate people without merit.

    3. Gov-Guns have been telling the citizens what is ‘useful classes’ since Ribicoff(D-CT) and Jimmy Carter(D) signed the Department of Education Organization act in 1980.

      Every pointing Gov-Guns at citizens to *force* dictation bill/law I come across has been (D) pitched or signed so far. It’s getting predictable.

  6. #believeallwhitestudents

    1. If this was some black gangbanger with a pile of felonies to his name complaining about police abuse, the tone would be much different. That the anger is apparently directed at eliminating critical race theory from state funded schools makes it that much crazier.

  7. The libertarian case for mandatory race struggle sessions in public universities.

    1. Inanity makes us free

  8. So when you threaten their state funding, universities will stop teaching neoracism? Yeah, that checks out. I mean that’s how neoracism was intended in them in the first place.

  9. > Boise State University canceled 55 classes of diversity-themed ethics courses in March all because of a single complaint that a white student was “mistreated and demeaned” in class. A subsequent independent investigation found no evidence that such an incident ever happened.

    So the complainer was just following the same rules laid down and practiced by the Woke. Don’t like something, complain and the administration will bend backward so far they can kiss their own ass. This is how modern college works. This is how people expect it to work. This is a non-story.

    1. I for one am thrilled that white students are creating their own hate hoaxes now.

      1. Now?

        My home city used to have the richest black neighborhood in the country. Then a white woman accused a black man of making a pass at her in an elevator, and on that accusation alone, the entire neighborhood was burned to the ground and hundreds of black people murdered.

        Why don’t we be a little more judicious about which side we leap to the defense of? There is history here, and it’s still happening.

        1. Did any of that happen in this century? As if not, it’s not “still happening” so stop still being disingenuous.

  10. In April, between the point that the complaint against Boise State University was filed and the investigation concluded, Idaho lawmakers introduced and passed H.B. 377

    Good.

    It’s not particularly clear why this is noted in the article. I guess it’s tangently related. But since the actions of Boise State had nothing to do with HB 377, then I guess it’s relevant only insofar as it shows that we’re watching you, academia. And we are tired of your bullshit.

    1. See above. About half the article is unlibertarian nonsense. Like we should continue pursuing Jussie Smollett’s attackers so the CPD doesn’t lose face/funding.

  11. STATES RANKED BY EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
    (with territories; total 52)

    COLLEGE DEGREE
    Idaho 39

    ADVANCED DEGREE
    Idaho 40

    Being on the wrong side of bright flight — that’s where all of the smart, ambitious, decent young people depart at high school graduation (seeking the modernity, opportunity, and education that must be obtained elsewhere), never to return, leaving behind a depleted human residue and concentrating pool of ignorance, backwardness, superstition, economic inadequacy, and dysfunction — for generations will have consequences.

    1. I see New Mexico and Nevada below 39/40. When I sort for “HS education or higher” CA and PR come out 51 and 52.

      Are illegal immigrants being counted in the accumulating depleted and concentrating pools of human ignorance or no?

    2. That’s why Idaho is getting more emigres from Oregon and California. Right, gecko?

      1. Unintended consequence.

    3. Poor Artie. I’m guessing you’re still embarrassed you went to Cooley Law with Michael Cohen.

    4. Now do median student debt / earnings. Another mediocre member of the liberal striver class kneeling at the altar of credentialism, must be Wednesday…

      1. Even better, Artie’s a no-shit hicklib.

    5. As long as the progs think this way, they’ll stay out of Idaho. You can advertise for the entire state.

    6. Ha! Reading the title, I knew I would find a butthurt Jerkland somewhere in the comments. 😀

      Well, cancelling nonsense classes is their first big step towards ranking up. We will see more of that.

    7. All those statistics don’t shed much light on the quality of Boise State. They speak much more about K-12 education outside the Boise metro area.

      1. Not knowing what words like hypocrisy, elitism, and others is also a sign of terrible schooling

  12. lawmakers in early May cut a total of $1.5 million from the university’s budget

    How much does it cost to keep their football field painted blue and orange?

    1. paint? Smurf.

    2. It is AstroTurf, no?

      1. AstroSMURF™, buddy.

  13. Good to see citizens rejecting racism in all forms, unlike bigots named Kirkland.

    1. From what I’ve seen, they reject him, too.

  14. Burying the lede, I see:

    “Idaho lawmakers introduced and passed H.B. 377, which states that “critical race theory” inflames division on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, and nationality. It orders that no public education institution can compel students to affirm or adopt any belief:

    “That any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior;

    “That individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin; or

    “That individuals, by virtue of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.”

    This is a good law, right? You might say “lol, no-one is talking about teaching that stuff,” in which case it’s just an unnecessary precaution which doesn’t warrant a freakout – “let the galled jade wince, our withers are unwrung.” (sp)?

    But in the real world, we know that books teaching these doctrines are being marketed to universities, and surely we wouldn’t want a student penalized for disagreeing from the propaganda in such books?

    And the law is a logical extension of the “hostile environment” doctrine, forbidding behavior which, at lest under a broad interpretation of that doctrine, is *already* illegal.

    1. Imagine a law saying that no institution of public education can require students to adopt or profess a belief in creationism. Now imagine that right wingers freaked out at the law.

      Wouldn’t that be evidence that they actually want to compel students to uphold creationism?

      1. All the freakout I’ve seen is in the vein of “BUTT OUR FREEDOMS”! I’ve seen no one directly address the actual legislation and present a negative consequences argument.

        1. Because they’re paid shills. Journalists pay PR firms to unleash 50 cent armies in comment sections across the country to combat “disinformation” and spread demoralization propaganda. Normal people don’t actual believe any of this. It’s why Yahoo! had to shut down comments. They were unable to afford enough shills to astroturf the comments sections.

      2. +1

        This article would be an embarrassment to any actual libertarian publication.

  15. “Sorry your circle jerk got canceled. I was looking forward to paying for it.”

    -Idaho taxpayers

    1. lol… +10000000000000

  16. Read the cource description of uf200 and there is no reason it should be mandatory.

  17. “So Boise State University leaders threw students’ class schedules into disarray all over a single complaint that submitted with no evidence.” Sounds like appropriation of the progressive culture.

    1. Snit fits are the epitome of higher learning.

  18. If the University is so concerned about the budget money from the state, why don’t they just have classes good enough to fully fund their work with tuition payments?

    1. More importantly, why isn’t the libertarian blogger arguing for that?

        1. His South Pole work was excellent though.

  19. I always get a good chuckle about those bullet points on what the law prohibits teaching… they simultaneously say CRT doesn’t teach those things, yet somehow the law prohibits the teaching of CRT. It’s a level of cognitive dissonance usually reserved for conservatives (and faux libertarians who are actually authright).

    1. As I understand it, based on the linked bill, the law doesn’t prohibit the teaching of these racist propositions, it provides that no public school shall “direct or otherwise compel students to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere” to such propositions.

      So they can still go into the classroom, tell students all whites are racists, and so long as they don’t make the mistake of asking reluctant students to affirm this proposition, it’s fine.

      1. “Compel” would certainly include having the only acceptable answer to a question on a test be “all whites are racists”.

    2. Teaching CRT in a class on Marxism would be appropriate.

      Just like teaching creation science in a course on Christianity.

    3. My impression was the decision to cancel the CRT classes was made by the school administration due to bad press surrounding this complaint and not because the classes ran afoul of the law.

      1. Wouldn’t the hypothetical “Actual Libertarian Publication” (ALP) have reported “55 instances of a class on Critical Race Theory were cancelled…”?

        And wouldn’t that more accurately represent what happened than the “55 classes were viciously suppressed under threat from vile Trumpist legislators REEEE!!” slant that we saw in Reason?? Why yes, yes it would.

        Nice try, Shackford. And stop eating sled dogs.

  20. This whole thing is delicious, fighting back at them with their own tactics.

  21. …concerned that pressure from politicians may be playing a role in what’s acceptable to teach in college and what’s forbidden

    I don’t live in Idaho, but those politicians are the locals’ representatives, and have every right to control what education they pay for. If those kids want to learn critical race theory, they can go elsewhere and pay full boat. If those professors want to teach it, they can find a school whose funders want it taught.

    Or to look at it from the other side of the looking glass: professors deciding to teach racism should raise far more alarums and scarums than legislators saying “Hell no”.

    This is no more censorship than a library choosing what books to buy and not buy.

    1. I totally agree. Yes, there can be problems when legislatures butt in, but as we all can see, there can also be problems when they don’t. Poor (or good) choices on what to teach can be made by lawmakers, or by university presidents, or individual professors.

    2. “I don’t live in Idaho, but those politicians are the locals’ representatives, and have every right to control what education they pay for. ”

      They don’t pay for it. The tax payers do. As long as they keep sending their kids to these institutions, who needs politicians and their minions putting in their oars to push a political agenda.

      1. No shit Sherlock, that’s what I said. s/and/who/ if you want to be as picky as you apparently do. Your second sentence is just as shambolic: those who decided to teach racism are pushing a more blatant political agenda.

        1. “those who decided to teach racism are pushing a more blatant political agenda.”

          That’s their job. And they can manage perfectly well without the interference of a bunch of ham fisted politicians and their ignorant minions.

          1. Or, just neck the teachers.

          2. By ignorant minions, you mean the voters, don’t you? Maybe google how a republic works. Then get back to us.

            1. No, I meant the minions, or lackeys if you prefer, of the legislators.

              1. Yeah, what do we elect legislators for, if not to get things done in our stead.

                1. What do we hire academics for, if not to get things done in our stead. It’s the work of academics to set the curriculum in our schools. Legislators interfering in this to promote their own agendas is not how to run a school.

                  1. The legislatures are our representatives. If you don’t like it, vote out the legislature who fired the academics because they are pushing policy contrary to your beliefs. Otherwise, piss off. The legislature is paid to promote an agenda.

                    Ideally, we could just outlaw public education, would you be interested in that position?

  22. Only white students are allowed to have minor, unimportant grievances. Everyone else talking about their own problems is trying to shove marxist critical illuminati woke snowflakeness down our throats!

    1. Yes. We must protect strong black women from unwanted hair touching, lest they lose their black girl magic.

      1. You shouldn’t touch people’s hair unless they invite you.

        This has been Mr. Manners. Subscribe to my podcast.

    2. And what makes it, “trying to shove marxist critical illuminati woke snowflakeness down our throats” ?????????

      Oh yeah; It’s those ***gov-guns*** getting used where they aren’t suppose to be used…

      Democratic Retarded-ness starts and finishes in their inability to see people as individuals with absolutely no-desire to be dictated/enslaved/controlled by [WE] royalty like SLAVES.

      Democrats have no purpose to be pointing Gov-Guns.. If their “plans” worked they could easily sell them on a free market.

  23. BSU sucks anyhow. If you want a real education you go to U of I. The only good thing about BSU is it’s football team.

    1. P.S. go Vandals.

      1. P.P.S. in the spirit of full disclosure I received my B.S. and M.S. from U of I.

        1. Awesome. My daughter is a senior at U of I. She received her AS at NIC. I’m a cheap bastard.

          1. Nothing wrong with that.

        2. Kinda guessed that. Moscow is a nice town.

      2. Don’t mind the smell…

  24. So FIRE didn’t find any violation of individual rights in education when the university canceled it’s own mandatory classes?

    Kinda like there would be no violation of individual rights if they decided NOT to make standing for and saying the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory before class.

  25. concerned that pressure from politicians may be playing a role in what’s acceptable to teach in college and what’s forbidden

    Concerned? It is the job of elected officials to make sure that tax dollars are spent as tax payers want them spent; this naturally includes what subjects are taught in college.

    Apparently, in the “libertarian” mirror universe that Reason now inhabits, it is unelected college professors paid for by tax dollars forcibly extracted from voters who get to determine what happens with that money.

    1. Keep in mind, before the New Left began taking over academia, the civic consensus was that schools needed to teach a curriculum that reflected the communities they were in. Commies were certainly in the professoriate before then, but they were fringe figures who typically got slapped down when they got uppity.

  26. >The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has closely followed the case, concerned that pressure from politicians may be playing a role in what’s acceptable to teach in college and what’s forbidden.

    That’s an interesting angle. Not “we’re not wasting tax money on this crap”?

  27. And yet entire campuses are subject to demonstrations & shutdowns & school wide ‘education’ whenever anyone, generally not of the campus, drives near enough to tell certain slurs, and professors are cowered from saying ‘the human race’ as disrespectful.

    1. CRT’s fulcrum is forever dividing people into categories and subcategories of victimhood. It literally depends on diminishing deep commonalities beteeen human beings and accentuating superficial differences like skin color. The fucking Ku Klux Klan couldn’t have come up with a better way to make division and disharmony between humans trendy and socially acceptable.

  28. I refuse to be upset that progressive academics get less money to teach CRT and SJW crap.

  29. I read the description for all of the courses, and yes, they should have been canceled. They are based on critical theory, which is Marxist indoctrination, by definition. It goes without saying that that is bad.

    1. You’re spewing an antisemitic conspiracy theory, not facts based on any evidence.

      Fascists always kill the professors, and you’re why.

      1. Everyone knows the lawmakers aren’t out burning books, kicking all Democratic Nazi’s off ALL of social media, burning down the DNC building and shutting down ‘indoctrination’ sites…

        In the race to Fascist the left has beaten the right by a landslide.

        But don’t forget the lefty cliche of PROJECTION that is constant, compulsive and predictable.

        1. Forcing a bridal bakery to serve a specific ideology of marriage against the shops own religion certainly wouldn’t be fascist.. /s

  30. Why precisely is it “unacceptable” for the people’s representatives to have a say in how the people’s money is being spent? If you want the freedom to be a bigot, go to the College of Idaho.*

    * Usually, State University or the College of State means that it’s a public institution. The College of Idaho, however, is private.

    1. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has decided that trannies should be forced on Christian colleges.

  31. “Even if an incident had happened, it should be unacceptable for lawmakers to use the budget process to punish—or reward—colleges for which ideas are discussed in class at a public university.”

    Of course lawmakers can and are required to punish or reward colleges for which ideas are discussed in class at a PUBLIC university. They should be allowed to prohibit any “studies” courses that do not produce graduates qualified to earn a living in that “study.” They are elected by the public to enact legislation the public wants.

    Any student wishing to study CRT or other left-wing religious dogma is free to choose an institution of higher learning that teaches their religion.

    When University systems have more administrators than educators and spend more on administration than instruction, there is a serious problem in the system. They need to get back to educating students with the ability to work and function in the real world. Resources should be directed to that goal, not funding administrators with the intent of finding a solution in search of a problem.

  32. If there was a course called “Introduction to Practical Marxism,” would Scott be less squeamish about defunding it?

    Or is the thinking that CRT should be given the same thoughtful consideration as any other subject, and people should be free to accept or reject it at their discretion?

    You know what? I get that. But CRT is a gallows for that idea. A class devoted to the feeding and grooming of unicorns would provide equivalent value for money as CRT.

    1. CRT should be given the same concideration as all collagebclasses
      “does this class produce more useful graduates that are prepared to create value in their next job?”
      If the answer is no then the class should be gotten rid of. Crt does not produce anything of value

    2. But CRT is a gallows for that idea. A class devoted to the feeding and grooming of unicorns would provide equivalent value for money as CRT.

      If only we had Unicorn Abattoir expert.

  33. It orders that no public education institution can compel students to affirm or adopt any belief:

    Point out that this applies as equally to the classroom as it does to the sidelines of the football field and call it a day. Let the culture war crush the University, end indoctrination, save all the spending. Libertarian win.

  34. X isn’t happening.
    X is happening but it’s not important.
    X is happening and you just need to accept that.
    If you aren’t helping X happen you go in the pit.

    1. Students studying. The horror.

      1. Given how little studying you’ve apparently done I can see how you’d term it as a horror.

    2. https://www.politifact.com/article/2021/may/24/what-critical-race-theory-and-why-are-conservative/

      We’re at the “no evidence of WIDESPREAD fraud” portion of the argument now. Sure, some places are teaching CRT, but not a lot of places, so you should stop worrying about it.

  35. “Sen. Carl Crabtree (R–Grangeville)”

    Forget for the moment why a state senator is named Carl Crabtree. Why are there state senators at all, period. Question mark?

    1. Because the United States is a federalist political affiliation and most states have bicameral legislatures.

      I am not what you are confused by.

      1. “I am not what you are confused by.”

        In that case, I will spell it out for you. At the federal level, the senate supposedly represents the interests of the states. At the state level, what are the senates supposed to represent? Other than a colossal waste of time and money.

        1. That may be what the Senate’s purpose is on a federal level, but Senate is an older term for upper house Also, the federal government is a creature of the states, while the localities of a state are creatures of the state governments. they are not supposed to have the same definition.

          1. The question stands. What are these state senates supposed to represent? Are they not simply a waste of everyone’s time, money and energy that could well be put to better use?

            1. And what, finally, is with this Carl Crabtree business?

  36. “Even if an incident had happened, it should be unacceptable for lawmakers to use the budget process to punish—or reward—colleges for which ideas are discussed in class at a public university.”

    This is so dishonest. I don’t know how Shackford could write this and not feel embarrassed about it.

    This isn’t about what ideas are discussed in class at a public university. This was a required freshman ethics class, with 55 modules of the same class. It wasn’t an elective, or even an optional course offering. Freshman students had no choice in whether they wanted to be subjected to whatever “diversity themed ethics” bullshit that was being peddled in that course.

    What’s unacceptable is that a public university is spending taxpayer dollars to hold freshman student hostage in a diversity ethics class in the first place.

    Nobody is talking about prohibiting diversity themed ethics classes in general. They are talking about banning MANDATORY diversity themed ethics courses. Nobody but Shackford, that is, because Shackford is a dishonest hack.

    1. “Freshman students had no choice in whether they wanted to be subjected to whatever “diversity themed ethics” bullshit that was being peddled in that course.”

      That’s hardly surprising. Get used to it. An ethical stance on diversity is what ties movements in race, sexuality and environmentalism together. They all share the idea that diversity is a good thing.

      1. “Get used to it.”

        The Idaho legislature called, they said “fuck off slaver.”

        1. I like Idaho…they don’t put up with Lockheed Martin Woke crap

        2. “The Idaho legislature called”

          My answering machine answered, “fix your pot holes, you lazy legislators, you!”

          1. Virginia Tech called.

          2. State roads in Idaho were great in the ten years I lived there.

            Washington State roads were the ones that sucked.

            1. In some of his novels, P. K. Dick was very critical of the state of the roads in Idaho.

              http://library.lol/fiction/035E814F01EA299FC1A8FEB684B8BED8

      2. Unless it’s diversity of thought or ideology. Then, it’s doubleplus ungood.

        1. If you’re expecting universities to teach that diversity is a bad thing or is undesirable, you were born in the wrong century. 19th or 20th century would be my guess. Adapt of die: the cruelest law of the universe.

          1. In the 20th century, universities used to teach that diversity is a good thing.

            Today, universities are hostile to diversity, filled with racist administrators and professors.

            1. I’m not familiar with the contents of the diversity classes in question. I assumed they were not hostile to diversity.

              “filled with racist administrators and professors.”

              It’s good you don’t include the students. They are the future. There’s not much to do about the others. Mother nature has a way of weeding them out.

          2. It’s funny that you think enforced orthodoxy of thought is diversity.

            Freedom is slavery.
            War is peace.
            Ignorance is strength.

            1. Nobody is forced to go to university, even in Idaho.

          3. lol – diversity teaching and teaching CRT are NOT the same thing. Nice try though.

      3. They all share the idea that diversity is a good thing.

        So it’s a fetish.

        1. Not sure what you mean by fetish, though I assume it’s nothing good. I mean the idea of diversity itself being something desirable and worth preserving or even encouraging. There is a practical argument to be made, that a diverse environment is more resilient (ability of systems to recover after a shock) and also diversity is seen as aesthetically and ethically superior to uniformity.

          Fetishism seems to be about the over-valuing of an object. Diversity celebrates the multiplicity of objects,

          1. I mean the idea of diversity itself being something desirable and worth preserving or even encouraging

            It’s a good idea. Too bad that you and most universities these days reject it.

            Instead of “diversity”, what they demand is proportional representations of skin colors combined with complete conformity to socialist thought. Basically, the same ideology as in the USSR.

            1. “what they demand is proportional representations of skin colors combined with complete conformity to socialist thought.”

              Pick any university. Do you really think their economics departments are uniformly socialist? Or that 50% of the staff are women? You needn’t worry. You’ll probably be dead by the time they are.

          2. I don’t know how they do college these days, but I spent my entire time in liberal arts, and not one time did any professor tell me what political beliefs to adopt.

            The only time it came close was when this neocon classics guy was trying to get everyone to have a war boner to invade Iraq. But people were a little upset in those days.

      4. An ethical stance on diversity is what ties movements in race, sexuality and environmentalism together.

        There is nothing “ethical” about the current “movements in race, sexuality, and environmentalism”. People who are part of those movements are either corrupt power hungry pricks, or terminally ignorant. Which is it for you?

        1. These movements have taken a stand that diversity is good and desirable. That is an ethical stance. If you believe that diversity is bad and undesirable that is also an ethical stance. Ethics is all about good and bad. If you think uniformity in race, sexuality and the environment, that is also an ethical stance.

          1. Huh. The latter seems to be the “ethical stance” of every nation on earth (in practice. there may be some with more noble-sounding language somewhere in their foundational documents), except for the few (Europe-based? White?) who are finding their experience of “diversity” to be uneven, despite the constant repetition of the “Our strength is in our diversity” mantra.

            Also, “race”, “sexuality” and “environment” are three unlike things. To that “diversity” has the same value in all of them is as dumb as saying “four” is the right number for vehicle wheels, wives and chicken nuggets.

            1. “To *say* that…”

            2. “The latter seems to be the “ethical stance” of every nation on earth”

              This university in Idaho seems to be the exception. They are teaching a course which I assume promotes diversity. At least as long as the legislatures don’t forbid these classes.

              “except for the few (Europe-based? White?) who are finding their experience of “diversity” to be uneven,”

              Maybe so. Perhaps the problem is there is not enough diversity among these troubled white Europeans. You should look into which communities in Britain supported Brexit, and which didn’t. The results are surprisingly counter intuitive. Tell me if you agree once you’ve had a look.

              “Also, “race”, “sexuality” and “environment” are three unlike things. ”

              Yes, I agree to an extent. But they are all fronts in the culture wars and they all value or stress diversity against uniformity.

              1. They are teaching a course which I assume promotes diversity.

                If the only thing these classes teach are diversity, then this law isn’t applicable nor would it have any affect on these classes.

                The problem is, they aren’t teaching only about diversity, they also include CRT.
                So the legislation applies.

  37. Upending the entire school over allegations that come to nothing should be reserved for fake noose sightings and the like, where it doesn’t matter to the school whether it actually happened.

  38. Q: What do you call a $1.5 million cut to a government school’s budget?

    A: A good start!

    1. Not if you’re a “libertarian” in the Reason mold.

  39. Sorry but with public monies this makes perfect sense. Too long cultural marxists have taken over tax payer funded (and tax payer backed student loans)..and to be honest I’m sick of funding f’ing communists who attack where my Grandparents came from and the fundamental rights in our Bill of Rights…enough….i have no issue with debating string theory in physics or hell “climate change” in chemistry or geology classes..or even types of macroeconomics but to force marxist crap on kids is ridiculous…the law passed is right and should be applied to every govt funded institution, agency or corporation that takes tax dollars….and sorry Scott your just a woke Reason writer..where do you live NYC or DC?

    1. You’re worried about something that isn’t real. Believe it or not, college professors aren’t in the habit of instructing undergraduates on what their political beliefs should be. Undergraduates may, however, seek out courses that align with their preexisting interests. I don’t know if you know how college works.

      1. I’ll tell you how colleges work…profs at least where I went (research universities) are judged and promoted on publishing not teaching at least in the hard sciences/engineering where I spent my time at an undergrad and grad level. Teaching is not something they spend much time on or care about. Now you move to the “social sciences” and that is where the marxists seem to inhabit in my experience. They are pushing this or that ridiculous theory that they can’t prove (as human actions are not easily predicted or testable in controlled conditions). “Diversity” was first pushed because in a free society white liberals didn’t like social outcomes and (along with folks like Jesse Jackson) had to push a nice sounding idea that was just forced outcomes…quotas doesn’t sound right to most people. And honestly its all a sunk cost anyway…time to move on and stop all this marxist push…doesn’t make the country any better..leave people alone.

      2. Stop being obtuse – we’re discussing required classes.

  40. So this 1a crt shit is all over leftist Twitter. I do love reason proving whi they are…. but don’t make it so damn obvious.

  41. Awe… The battles of “Commie-Education”…
    Because YOU don’t own you; [WE] own you and so long as YOU think you can think for yourself you’ll always have an issue with the [WE] foundation owning you.

  42. What a ridiculous thing, Boise State University cancelled 55 ethics courses on diversity in March, all because of complaints that white students were “abused and degraded” in the classroom. Subsequent independent investigation found that there was no evidence that such incidents had occurred
    https://www.mydresshut.com/

    1. 55 scheduled presentations of ONE required ethics class.

      That CRT could be presented as a matter of settled ethics is the real scandal here. A discussion of it? A class “exploring” (or, as the Derridians would have it “a class interrogating the space between the signification of blahdeblah”) CRT? Sure.

      And that’s the whole problem, and a dead giveaway as to the purpose of, CRT-based classes: It is NEVER “examined”, “explored”, “critiqued” (or “interrogated”), it is ALWAYS presented as propaganda, to be accepted if you don’t want your name on a list somewhere.

      I’ll worry about its suppression when YOU start worrying about actually defending the ideas therein.

      1. Why don’t you explain what CRT is in your own words.

  43. “Nevertheless, without any proof that this incident happened, the very next day after receiving the complaint, the school canceled all 55 sections of a mandatory course titled University Foundations 200. Nearly 1,300 students were enrolled in the course.”

    …And nothing of value was lost.”

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    Classes Canceled as Lawmakers Cut Boise State Budget Over Diversity Course Kerfuffle
    The university abruptly shut down dozens of classes over an unfounded claim that a white student was taunted.
    SCOTT SHACKFORD | 5.26.2021 2:20 PM

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    Boise State University canceled 55 classes of diversity-themed ethics courses in March all because of a single complaint that a white student was “mistreated and demeaned” in class. A subsequent independent investigation found no evidence that such an incident ever happened.

    At the same time this complaint was filed, though, lawmakers were proposing cutting more than $400,000 from the university’s budget. This budget cut was put forth by Republican lawmakers upset by social justice and critical race theory they believe is taught there. The timing of the anonymous complaint and the drastic action taken by the university, coupled with the lawmakers’ attack on college funding, looks a lot like culture war political combat pitting conservative politicians against progressive academics.

    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has closely followed the case, concerned that pressure from politicians may be playing a role in what’s acceptable to teach in college and what’s forbidden.

    On March 15, an unnamed community leader filed a complaint with the school claiming he had seen a video of a white student in a class being forced to apologize for being white and being taunted by other students for having white privilege. The person who filed the complaint could not direct investigators to this video, nor did they possess a copy of it. Nevertheless, without any proof that this incident happened, the very next day after receiving the complaint, the school canceled all 55 sections of a mandatory course titled University Foundations 200. Nearly 1,300 students were enrolled in the course. Marlene Tromp, the university’s president, told the Idaho Statesman that canceling the classes was a necessary part of investigating the charges. Interim Provost Tony Roark compared it to tracking down a gas leak, saying you had to “evacuate the building” to see if the leak was real.

    But Hawley Troxell, the law firm hired by the university, subsequently reported that they “were unable to substantiate the instance of a student being mistreated in a UF 200 course as described by the Complainant.”

    They were able to track down one incident that had taken place a week before that might have been mischaracterized: a student in a debate with an instructor over structural inequality and capitalism got upset and called the instructor’s logic “stupid.” A couple of classmates criticized her behavior, and the instructor actually spoke up to defend her. She ended up leaving the Zoom class in tears, but the instructor checked in with her afterward to make sure she was OK. When Hawley Troxell contacted her, she said that the instructor had not treated her disrespectfully. They also found there was no reference to white privilege and no racial taunting.

    So Boise State University leaders threw students’ class schedules into disarray all over a single complaint that submitted with no evidence. Aaron Terr at FIRE expresses concern that this response is not based on actual fears that students are being harmed but by fears of political retaliation:

    Freddie deBoer: Let’s Kill the ‘Cult of Smart’ and Legacy Media
    Boise State’s actions look less like a good-faith effort to prevent harassment or discrimination and more like an attempt to appease lawmakers, frustrated by their perception of what was being taught and discussed on campus, on the eve of an upcoming vote that would slash the university’s budget. Additionally, Boise State’s president claims lawmakers had been complaining to her about the UF 200 courses for months. … It seems much more likely that those complaints were about the subject matter of the courses or the “indoctrination” of students, another claim for which Hawley Troxell’s investigation found no evidence.

    The college was not rewarded for capitulating to lawmakers. Instead, lawmakers in early May cut a total of $1.5 million from the university’s budget, some of whom have made it abundantly clear that their attack on the college’s funding is connected to Boise State University promoting ideas the lawmakers don’t like. Sen. Carl Crabtree (R–Grangeville) was quoted by the Idaho Statesman saying the cuts would “send a message” to university officials that teaching these subjects would lead to punishment.

    In April, between the point that the complaint against Boise State University was filed and the investigation concluded, Idaho lawmakers introduced and passed H.B. 377, which states that “critical race theory” inflames division on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, and nationality. It orders that no public education institution can compel students to affirm or adopt any belief:

    That any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior;
    That individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin; or
    That individuals, by virtue of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.
    Republican Gov. Brad Little quickly signed this bill into law. The report from Hawley Troxell observes that, had H.B. 377 been in effect when this incident happened, there would have been no violations of its orders.

    Even if an incident had happened, it should be unacceptable for lawmakers to use the budget process to punish—or reward—colleges for which ideas are discussed in class at a public university.

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    JohnnyAppleseed
    May.26.2021 at 2:23 pm
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    Good. Maybe kids can go outside now and get some exercise.

    squid_hunt
    May.26.2021 at 2:33 pm
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    Oh, goody. Inching toward the reveal of the libertarian case for racially demeaning and discriminatory state education.

    “How dare they!” – Scott Shackford

    Moonrocks
    May.26.2021 at 2:44 pm
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    The libertarian case for taxpayer funded marxist indoctrination.

    diWhite Knightoxide
    May.26.2021 at 2:49 pm
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    ENB and the B Team are on it

    squid_hunt
    May.26.2021 at 2:49 pm
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    Voluntary collective guilt doesn’t violate the NAP in any meaningful way, to be sure.

    Ken Shultz
    May.26.2021 at 2:34 pm
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    “The timing of the anonymous complaint and the drastic action taken by the university, coupled with the lawmakers’ attack on college funding, looks a lot like culture war political combat pitting conservative politicians against progressive academics.

    But the teaching of Critical Race Theory is perfectly innocent?

    Was this class a general ed requirement? Can you graduate with any degree without taking any of these classes?

    mad.casual
    May.26.2021 at 2:58 pm
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    Glad someone else raised this issue comment. From a libertarian perspective it’s a complete word-salad. Taunting = attack? Conservative politicians and progressive academics weren’t pitted against each other until the taunting took place? Grass roots taunting = political combat or is the assertion it was staged? BLM staged a racial taunting to preserve funding? Conservative culture warriors staged a racial taunting and we should ignore it because it’s really just cover to cut spending?

    It’s a critical mass of FUD.

    mad.casual
    May.26.2021 at 3:02 pm
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    is the assertion it was staged?

    Maybe faked is the better term. Regardless, we shouldn’t cut spending because of a fake racial incident that, if real and/or if reversed we should absolutely cut funding? WTF?

    JohnnyAppleseed
    May.26.2021 at 3:47 pm
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    The entire “racial reckoning” psy-op was obviously astroturfed. The fact that so many in right / libertarian media are either unwilling or unable to acknowledge this is an enormous red flag.

    Tony
    May.26.2021 at 4:13 pm
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    What do you think schools should teach about race, Ken?

    How about a thumbnail sketch of American racial history.

    JohnnyAppleseed
    May.26.2021 at 4:29 pm
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    I advocate a safety first approach. If schools wanted to teach kids about race in a way that would benefit them most, they would start by pointing out which areas of the city have the most crime. This would help kids know which areas they should avoid.

    MP
    May.26.2021 at 5:16 pm
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    Critical Race Theory is not teaching about race, per se.

    And it’s not clear they should be teaching any specific perspective regarding race. But whatever. The debate over the university’s responsibility for the moral development of society is endless.

    But they should most certainly NOT be teaching that:

    MP
    May.26.2021 at 5:17 pm
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    (i) That any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national
    origin is inherently superior or inferior;
    (ii) That individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin;
    or
    (iii) That individuals, by virtue of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.

    Tony
    May.26.2021 at 5:58 pm
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    I completely agree. That’s all a bit heavy for schoolchildren, and most of it is probably best left up to their parents.

    I didn’t ask what you wouldn’t teach, I asked what you would. Let’s accept the premise that we’re talking about a class that necessarily must discuss the role of race in American history.

    MP
    May.26.2021 at 6:33 pm
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    I’ll bite. I think at the college level you could go into “Group Dynamics in American History” or “Perspectives on black culture” or something like that. You could then give a primer on what race is (a categorical human construct) and what it isn’t (an immutable inheritable identity). In a Group Dynamics course, you could certainly get into power structures and talk through various Groups in and out of power at various points in time (Protestants vs. Catholics, European aliens vs. American Natives, Slaveowners vs. Slaves, English-Americans vs. Irish-Americans). In a more specific black culture course you could dive deep into the history of slavery within Africa, within the “developed world”, within the US, the influence that slavery had over the concept of “sub-human”, the difference between “All men are created equal” and the de jure and de facto practice of that principle, etc.

    What is it you’re trying to lead someone into saying?

    Trollificus
    May.27.2021 at 2:38 am
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    +1, peak Tony training

    Cronut
    May.26.2021 at 6:47 pm
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    Why do we need to accept that premise at all, specifically regarding these particular classes? The linked articles say the classes were mandatory first-year courses. There’s no reason why this type of class should be mandatory.

    If you’re talking about elective courses- which this story is not- then professors can teach whatever they want.

    mad.casual
    May.26.2021 at 6:58 pm
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    How about a thumbnail sketch of American racial history.

    Just curious, when you say ‘American History’, do you mean all of Western Civilization?

    P.S. – I can’t lie, I’m not curious. I know you’re completely full of shit and are willing to traipse aimlessly between American and Western History because you don’t actually give a shit about race or history.

    TJJ2000
    May.26.2021 at 11:05 pm
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    How about a thumbnail sketch of American racial history.
    Oh LOOK!!! It’s DEMOCRATIC President Andrew Jackson!
    …. followed by???? You guessed right — Democrat FDR…

    Ya know Tony for a [WE] mob Democratic policy lover you sure missed the boat on “American racial history”.

    IceTrey
    May.27.2021 at 12:03 am
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    That it’s ridiculous made up bullshit.

    Cronut
    May.26.2021 at 7:03 pm
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    The linked articles state that they were mandatory freshman “ethics” classes. It was 55 modules of the same class, not 55 individual courses randomly canceled. I had to go two links deep to get that information, which speaks volumes about the dishonesty of this article. I’m assuming, since it’s a required freshman course, you can’t graduate with any degree without fulfilling this requirement.

    It would be reasonable to object if we were talking about elective courses that are not mandatory to graduate. It would even be reasonable to object if it were mandatory courses toward a chosen degree plan, because students are free to choose their own degree path.

    But it’s ridiculous to say it violates intellectual freedom or whatever when students’ educations are held hostage to nonsense “diversity themed ethics courses,” which they can’t opt out of. It’s not intellectual freedom when you have a captive audience who have no intellectual choice in the matter. Whether the incident in question happened or not is immaterial to the actual issue, which is that this nonsense should not be actively sponsored on public funded campuses, it’s a violation of students’ civil rights to have to sit through CRT indoctrination courses in which white students are demeaned, disparaged, and forced to make confessions and apologies for being born white, and the state legislature has an interest in the issue
    https://wapexclusive.com ,because they’re obligating taxpayer funds for it.

  45. I agree a doctrinaire Rothbardian take would be to welcome any cut in funding to public education, no matter the pretext, and otherwise be unconcerned with what is taught or not taught at such an institution since it is entirely funded by stolen wealth anyway. I suppose the argument might be that, as long as you have publicly funded education, the decisions over who to hire and what to teach should be up to faculty and not subject to direct political control. No one is forcing the students to attend and if they don’t like what is taught they can go somewhere else. But I agree that unelected bureaucrats, which is what public university faculty are, are even less likely to follow taxpayer wishes than politicians.

  46. So the public university has a mandatory class that may be teaching an ideological theory that has concepts of racial essentialism and collective guilt, but the legislature objecting to this is a violation of free speech. Facebook had a ban on talking about whether COVID-19 pandemic might have been the result of a lab accident, and that is Facebook’s free speech as well, and not that Facebook’s policy is incongruent with the spirit of free speech principles.

    ThevReason writer’s bullpen seems to be arguing that free speech is for the gatekeepers lately.

    1. No, it doesn’t. You don’t know what you’re talking about. You haven’t read a syllabus, you have just downloaded talking points from your favorite pro-Republican propagandist. Tell me where I’m wrong.

      1. I read this article, which is unclear about what is being taught in the class (which is why I wrote “may be””), seems to support the idea that the legislature objecting to CRT concepts (which is a racist ideology) being taught in what is apparently a mandatory class is somehow a free speech issue,

      2. Tell me where I’m wrong.

        Everywhere. Is there a prize?

  47. Republicans should avoid having opinions on education curricula. I doubt a single Republican has ever read a book.

    Christ, white racial grievance politics. You’d think the fucking morons who vote for them would have figured out the scam by now. Resentment and anger must be a hell of a drug.

    1. CRT summed up: Resentment and anger must be a hell of a drug.

  48. DEFUND tax-payer-funded “education.”
    ALL OF IT.
    NOW.

  49. Membrane protein modeling
    https://www.profacgen.com/membrane-protein-modeling.htm
    Membrane proteins constitute one third of all genes in the human genome,

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