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What do people use their brains for today?!

A less sensational title would be “what the heck ever happened to critical thinking”?

Example:

The University of Colorado-Boulder would like students to inform on each other when they witness “bias incidents,” by reporting the perpetrators and turning over all relevant information—including names, phone numbers, addresses, and university ID or Social Security Numbers—to the administration.

What counts as a bias incident is, as always, entirely subjective. An official who spoke with The College Fixclarified that “this in no way is meant to curtail free speech.”

Say what?  “This is in no way meant to curtail free speech”?  I can’t think of anything which would tend to chill it more than reporting something as arbitrary and subjective as a “bias incident” with name, phone number, address and SSAN to the administration, can you?

For the purposes of this protocol, a “bias-motivated incident” is any of the following:

  • Discrimination — Occurs when an individual suffers an adverse consequence, on the basis of one or more of their protected classes.
  • Harassment — Verbal or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational or living environment.  Examples may include, but are not limited to, epithets, images, slurs, jokes; electronic communication or other verbal, graphic or physical conduct.
  • Acts of Intolerance — Conduct motivated by discriminatory bias or hatred toward other individuals or groups based on perceived or actual characteristics of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy or other attribute.

Good grief … why not spend your entire collegiate career pretending you’re mute?!

But … and there is always a “but”:

Nevertheless, the university’s website encourages students to report each other for engaging in a broad range of constitutionally protected speech.

What a load.

What in the world do these people who “administer” colleges these days use for critical thinking.  They may as well feed their brains to zombies for all the good they do them.

~McQ

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13 Responses to What do people use their brains for today?!

  • I want to find the people on the committee that came up with this idea. I want to then strap them into a time machine, and transport them to Berlin in 1939, or Moscow in 1917.

    They will either find that they are in their proper element, or find themselves shot by people just like them.

  • Yep. Get AWAY from ANY organization that would support that craziness. Find a sane learning environment. Even if it’s the free download of the Harvard Classics…

    http://www.openculture.com/2011/07/the_harvard_classics_a_free_digital_collection.html

    I bet the Maven Of Moosesqueeze has NEVER, EVER heard of this, either.

  • Not to mention using that SSN thing is one of those ‘against the law’ thingies in Colorado.

    “States that restrict intentionally communicating SSNs to the public and/or intentional public posting”
    Colorado.

  • These people are actually safe from zombies because by all accounts and evidence zombies only eat functioning brains.

  • I am wondering just how those public spirited informers are going to acquire names, addresses, etc. I must say that if some sniveling little dogooder asked me for that information with the intention of using it to report me, there would indeed be an incident to report.

  • by reporting the perpetrators and turning over all relevant information—including names, phone numbers, addresses, and university ID or Social Security Numbers—to the administration.

    The relevant “administration” bodies will be helpfully identified by the wearing of crisply ironed brown shirts and snazzy jodhpurs. So very 21st century.

  • The estimate of $6 billion “off balance sheet” assets is calculated from various institutional reports and IRS tax exemption files.

    What makes the UW’s lack of financial transparency so surprising is the history of financial disclosure in American higher education. Full university disclosure of assets and liabilities, including affiliated organizations, has been required by the national accounting rules since 2003.

    Most top universities have an independently audited consolidated financial report. The UW does not. Ohio State and Michigan have independent audits from Price Waterhouse Coopers. KPMG audits the University of Illinois. Deloitte audits the University of Minnesota. All four include the affiliated and supporting organizations in a consolidated financial report. The UW does not.

  • Reminds me of Orwell’s little ditty from “1984”:
    “Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me”.

    Delightful.

    Komsomol comes to the USA: “Comrade students, the Glorious State *NEEDS* you to help root out badthink wherever it may occur. It could be your neighbors, it could be your parents, it could be ANYONE. Report *ANY* instance of badthink to your Party Leaders immediately.”

  • Protected class? Protected from what? Growing up?

  • Bingo

    Be interesting to see what becomes of them when all the helicopter parents lose power and do their last autorotation.

  • Conservatives on that campus need to exploit this badly.

  • In the post above, Dale notes our culture is “weak and sick”

    I wonder what is the greater underlying symptom: that stuff like this is allowed to actually happen, or that those responsible haven’t been shamed and run out of town on a rail (with some of them sporting new lumps or shiners for their trouble).

    That sort of thing used to happen you know.

    • I’m just waiting for the societal remediation classes to commence courtesy of Iran/Russia/China/ISIS – not necessarily in that order.