As President George H.W. Bush said in what was for him a ringing moment of oratory, “This will not stand!” If it does, we’re all in even more trouble than we thought.
Illinois State University will require students to pass a “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) course to be eligible to graduate. This brazen qualification will be applicable to the entering class beginning next year. The new “Have you been successfully indoctrinated?” mandate is called ” Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in U.S. Society” or “IDEAS.” Clever! It’s a really unethical and anti-democratic idea, though.
“The fact is that majority of our students are going to spend their careers and lives in the U.S. and that it was important for them to understand the history, the structures that influence equity, diversity and inclusion issues here at home,” said Rocio Rivadeneyra, ISU associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. She chaired the task force which sculpted the IDEAS recommendation. That means that she is openly hostile to the idea of a liberal education, in which students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills with which they can evaluate information from a wide range of disciplines and viewpoints to come to their own conclusions. None of that at ISU! Complete your studies thoroughly indoctrinated in GoodThink, or you don’t get a diploma, Proles!
The ISU Academic Senate approved the recommendation last fall. Of course they did. Just because the university will be requiring proof of indoctrination doesn’t mean the indoctrination wasn’t already going on. According to the Education Encyclopedia on Multiculturalism in Higher Education, 63% of colleges and universities have a diversity requirement in place or are in the process of developing one.
Offering a course in “diversity, etc.” for the aspiring woke is one thing; requiring it to graduate is another. This needs to be recognized for what it is: pure state-supported ideological conformity. Parents should keep their kids out of the school, and students should be primed to protest the deliberate effort to wash their brains. There should also be legal challenges. Could a student graduate who wrote on the final exam (as I did in one of my really obnoxious college courses), “The entire basis for this course is intellectually dishonest and flawed, and this is why”? I doubt it.
Big Brother wouldn’t like that.
Pointer: Campus Reform