Lead off to the latest on political correctness and free speech suppression in academia:
In the midst of national debates concerning free speech on college campuses, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has opted to clamp down on students who challenge the reigning orthodoxy regarding manmade global warming. . . . “We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change, nor will the ‘other side’ of the climate change debate be taught or discussed in this course,” the professors said in their letter obtained by The College Fix.Yes, challenging the "reigning orthodoxy" has always been suppressed by the intolerant and powerful. Can't have too much free thought goin' 'round these days, don't ya know. And suppressing the "other side" is, more often than not, due to the fact that the "orthodoxy" is unable to stand up to scrutiny. In other words, they can't defend their position.
And how about this:
The professors, backed by University Communications Director Tom Hutton, said that the ban on debate even extends to discussion among students in the online forums.Wow. And yet we still have deniers.
And how about this little gem from Clark College in Worcester, Mass:
And don’t say “you guys.” It could be interpreted as leaving out women, said Ms. Marlowe, who realized it was offensive only when someone confronted her for saying it during a presentation.Full disclosure: I don't like "you guys" either, though it usually comes out like, "you gieez." Reminds me too much of New Jersey. Anyway, I scold my grandchildren for saying "you guys." We prefer "y'all." It's a rule in my household. Besides sounding more melodious, it also saves time. It's also more inclusive. I suggest colleges and universities make the term "y'all" mandatory so as not to offend anyone.
And PC can be rather costly:
In August, the University of Wisconsin system, which includes the Madison flagship and 25 other campuses, said it would ask the State Legislature for $6 million in funding to improve what it called the “university experience” for students. The request includes money for Fluent, a program described as a system wide cultural training for faculty and staff members and students. But that budget request has provoked controversy. “If only the taxpayers and tuition-paying families had a safe space that might protect them from wasteful UW System spending on political correctness,”Wouldn't you love to see a breakdown of how that $6 million would actually be spent? LOL.