We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“As an administrator, those are the kinds of things I’m really sensitive to – what are the students saying – because even if it’s not true, the perception is their reality,” said William L. Howard, assistant vice president of academic services at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In other words, while a student’s method of calling attention to perceived prejudice may be flawed, that perception of prejudice still exists. “If you say, ‘This is not an issue on my campus,’ and a student has an experience that is counter to that, you have to listen to them.”
Baloney. If the fraud is their reality, they do not belong in school.
My alma mater Williams College had a pretty good example of this a few months ago. The whole campus shut down in horror because of the N word being scrawled on a dorm wall. Weeks of sackcloth and ashes, repentance and self-flagellation for the sin of institutional racism. Extensive investigation, FBI called in, never any evidence of anyone having done it. Certainly the underground cabal of racist Ku Klux Klan students was never discovered.
The whole thing, and the College's hysterical over-reaction to it, was just embarrassing. Is this where our country is, that whole institutions cease functioning because they view a word they don't like? The rest of the world laughs at us.
That article is really unbelievable. Someone should do a detailed breakdown of all the outrageous and idiotic practices it links directly to an "institution of learning". Some of this stuff wouldn't even be acceptable in high school.
I guess university is really unrelated to serious education these days but has just become a big, infantilizing hug box for who want society to tell them that everything is going to be all right.
Perception is reality?
I Feel discriminated against so it's a Tort of some kind and somebody owes me?
I wish they would let Me run the schools of today.
I would leave behind me a trail of Gibbering Masses of Cane Welts.
And hiring people to deal with these "perceived problems" adds cost to college.
I see this in the office, too. HR has expanded at every company to deal with flawed perceptions of reality.
In a recent HR training session, a story was presented where a red-haired person was teased constantly for the color of their hair. The session was asked if a law was broken. Everyone said yes, one had been broken since hair is a physical trait and therefore you're not allowed to offend based on physical traits.
According to the law, this is incorrect. Red hair is not a 'protected group' and therefore there is nothing wrong with offending this person.
I merely chuckled at this thought, because the reality is something quite different. First, young people today believe this nonsense - that it's illegal to offend just about anyone for anything. Secondly, that one group is somehow 'more protected' than others. Why?
Well, this was explained by HR as 'traditionally maligned or otherwise discriminated groups'.
WHAT? Hmmm... I suppose my Irish heritage slots me in nicely for that group?
I get very tired trying to stay on top of the latest slights people perceive.