Sunday, January 25, 2015

So Open-Minded, Their Brains Have Fallen Out

People don't naturally think like this, they're taught to think like this.  What possible good is there in teaching people to think this way, except perhaps as a warning to others?
Two students at the University of California, Berkeley are calling for students to “Occupy the syllabus,” or consider dropping a course if it only includes the works of white men as class material.

Students Rodrigo Kazuo and Margaret “Meg” Perret wrote an op-ed in The Daily Californian, the independent student newspaper, titled “Occupy the syllabus” where they called for a student-wide occupation of all social science and humanities classes after they found their upper-division course on classical social theory lacked the works of women, trans people, and people of color.

“The white male canon is not sufficient for theorizing the lives of marginalized people.”

“The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that began with Plato and Aristotle, then jumped to modern philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault, all of whom are white men,” wrote the students. “The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color.”

The students espoused their concerns surrounding the white male dominated material and suggest that simply assigning these authors without the inclusion of minority thought is not acknowledging “the other 99 percent of humanity.”
And my tax dollars pay for this school. Lovely.


Jean said...

So, the word CLASSICAL in the course title didn't give them a hint? That the material would be OLD? OK, Foucault's not old. I think he was gay though. So I guess that's not enough.

Actually I'd totally throw Foucault out in favor of Mary Wollstonecraft's screed. She was awesome, and Foucault was a self-important twit. Though self-importance might be a major qualification for being on that list.

maxutils said...

Literary works should be chosen on two criteria: merit, and the professor's desire to teach them. Angry professors teaching books they hate benefit no one.

Anonymous said...

So "the other 99 percent of humanity” is a minority now?

Darren said...

Well, they're certainly minority "thought". Or something.