Now, The Ultimate Gut Course, to "Decolonize"

Professors Fired For Rigor; GWU's Colonial Mascot Decapitated
WASHINGTON - Dec. 1, 2022 - PRLog -- "The inmates are taking over the asylum, or in this case the campus," says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, noting that a major university [UCSD] has endorsed and now offers the ultimate gut course in the name of decolonization, another top university [NYU] fired a professor because students found his course too difficult, and a third university [GWU] has decapitated its long-time mascot to also fight colonialism.

UCSA now proudly offers the ultimate gut course - a/k/a "snap course," one so easy it's almost impossible to fail - in which every student is guaranteed an "A" grade, and there is no homework and virtually no attendance policy. This unusual policy was adopted to "decolonize a classroom."

As another example of how universities are caving in to student demands, NYU has just fired a world renowned professor of chemistry because a minority of students complained that his class was too difficult, and remained too taxing for them even after the Dean made major concessions to the complainers.

Finally, GWU recently agreed to change the name its sports teams have used for almost 100 years because some students don't understand that the "Colonials" were the brave early Americans who successfully fought against the British colonizers.

As Banzhaf wrote in opposition to the change: "It's bad enough when students confused about history want to replace a man wearing a colonial patriot-style hat with a hippo, and change the teams' names from 'Colonials' to 'Hippocrites' as has been suggested, but it clearly crosses the line when they refuse to tolerate any dissent, and try to silence their opponents by illegally ripping down their posters which simply explained that 'Colonials Fought Tyranny - Built Our Nation!' and 'Colonials: The First American Soldiers.'"

But this fundamental misunderstanding by students at GWU should come as no surprise, says Banzhaf, who noted that many GWU students signed a petition which demanded that the white male crosswalk figure at traffic lights be replaced by a woman of color.  As the petition explained: "As we students cross the street, we are told by the symbol of a white man when it is okay to cross, . .   Many students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals of color, gender fluid individuals, and LGBTQA+ individuals, feel oppressed by this."

So, in addition to epidemics of political correctness and cancel culture now overwhelming even our top universities, there is now a mad rush to the bottom.  In perverse examples of Gresham's law ("bad money drives out good"), and sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan's warning about "defining deviancy down" (lowering standards and expectations), universities and individual professors are being pressured if not forced to slash their standards, argues Banzhaf   @profbanzhaf

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