The Top 10 Campus Follies of 2000
July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM
Our nation's education system, and the environment in which it exists, continues to deteriorate. With the year 2000 behind us, Young America's Foundation has compiled its annual top ten list of the most shameful campus follies in America's education system.
Number 10 - University of Wisconsin admissions officials resorted to doctoring the cover of a prospective student brochure by superimposing a black student's face on to a photo of cheering white football fans. This practice of manipulating photographs to create an illusion of diversity was also used at the University of Idaho where the heads of two minority students were overlaid on white students' bodies in a photo displayed on the University's web site.
Number 9 - Students in a North Carolina high school were administered a Liberal vs. Conservative survey of "self-discovery into the general trends which categorize voters into political groupings." One question reads, "In general, I am an: Optimist or Pessimist." Students selecting optimist were labeled liberal. "Homosexuals should have the same rights as everyone else," reads another statement. Those who disagreed were pronounced conservative.
Number 8 - At Columbia University, lawful rights of due process are viewed as hindering red tape. New guidelines deny students accused of sexual misconduct the right to a lawyer and the opportunity to confront his accusers or cross-examine witnesses. Columbia defines sexual misconduct as, "unwanted physical conduct where 'no' is conveyed by the victim's mental or physical incapacity or impairment of which the perpetrator was aware or should have been aware."
Number 7 - Several universities are employing a new method of teaching algebra, geometry and calculus. Ethnomathematics, a technique that is common among courses geared towards future primary and secondary school teachers, emphasizes the study of geometric designs in Navajo rugs, African fractals and Mormon street layouts to learn the principles of mathematics.
Number 6 - At Brandeis University, students attempting to host a Charlton Heston lecture sponsored by Young America's Foundation were met with outrageous security demands by the administration in a poorly masked scheme to halt the presentation. Prerequisites for the speech included a bomb sniffing dog, ten police officers, two full body metal detectors, two metal detector wands, a paramedic team and four pints of Mr. Heston's blood type.
Number 5 - After losing to the Boy Scouts in a discrimination battle in the Supreme Court, various Leftist groups have demanded that public schools refuse meeting space to Boy Scouts in their buildings. Recently, Manhattan public schools were disallowed from sponsoring individual troops because of the organization's policy towards homosexuals. In Denver, public schools cannot house Boy Scout meetings because of alleged discrimination towards nonbelievers.
Number 4 - A former professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio resigned in protest amidst death threats and hate mail. Prior to his departure, the professor had conversed with students who had felt pressured to adopt politically correct views in order to receive passing grades. In response, he proposed teaching a class on political correctness. In response to the proposed course, the director of the Women's Studies department at BGSU stated "We forbid any course that says we restrict free speech!"
Number 3 - In a blatant display of hypocrisy concerning the Liberal battle for separation of church and state, several Brooklyn, New York, high schools now allow Muslim students to worship in school during the holy month of Ramadan. Practicing students were allowed to convert the school's auditorium into a temporary mosque, and were permitted to arrive fifteen minutes late to class in order to observe their daily prayer vigil. The accommodation for Muslim students comes only two weeks after a mural on school property, dedicated to deceased neighborhood children, was painted over because it featured Jesus Christ.
Number 2 - Students at Tufts University seized an administration building for a 36-hour sit-in protesting the wording of the school's nondiscrimination policy. The students claimed victory following the take-over when the president of the University acquiesced to the students' demands of reinterpretation, and changed the University's definition of diversity to include new wording centered around "understanding" and "self-acceptance."
Number 1 - At Villanova University, an entire run of a conservative student publication was stolen by the administration which cited "concerning content." A feature in the paper exposed the exclusive banking connection between Villanova, a Catholic university, and First Union, a bank that supports pro-abortion causes.
This list was compiled by the Young America's Foundation in Herndon, Virginia.