“How much is the cube root of -169?”
“Race is a social construct and quotas must exist to increase the proportion of people of color.”
“Correct. Question two: Describe the law of cosines.”
“Sodomy is healthy, and those who engage in it should have demonstrations of Pride.”
“Correct! Congratulations! You have just passed Wayne State University’s new mandatory Diversity of Math Requirement. Go forth now into the world fully prepared as one indoctrinated in the State’s official religion.”
Headline of today’s post is not wrong: “Wayne State Drops Math Requirement, May Add Diversity Requirement“. It’s not yet a done deal, and the bracing air of sanity might yet waft through the hallowed halls of Wayne State. But don’t bet on it.
“We are proposing the creation of specific ‘Diversity’ courses, with students required to take one course in this designation,” said a document from the General Education Reform Committee…
The committee report said, “These courses will provide opportunities for students to explore diversity at the domestic level and consider the ways in which it intersects with real world challenges at the local, national and/or global level.”
Now there’s nothing like exploring diversity at the domestic level, though some of us still prefer it in the wild. But eliminate math?
In announcing the change in mathematics, the university said, “This decision was made largely because the current (math) requirement is at a level already required by most high school mathematics curriculum.”
Committee co-chair Monica Brockmeyer…added, “We still continue to support mathematics at Wayne State.”
By “support” she means “set aside”, but then English isn’t a high priority at Wayne State either. One paper reports Brockmeyer skims $176,760 a year from Wayne’s coffers, and it would be both scurrilous and unwarranted to suggest she wants students ignorant of math so that they don’t see how preposterously large this number is.
The committee’s proposal for the new curriculum recommended replacing the math requirement with a quantitative requirement and creating “quantitative experience courses.”
“Professor Brockmeyer? I feel, like, that numbers, like, are hard?”
“You have just Experienced the Quantitative, dear student. Go in peace.”
Even if it’s true that students arrive at Wayne teeming with a lot of news about the binomial theorem, which they aren’t, they are positively leaking with the Diversity that’s been crammed into them since birth. So in order to squeeze more Diversity into their fragile, sensitive minds, which is a goal most noble, it’s going to take more than removing mathematics. We must attack this problem with all the enthusiasm of a Jungian lobotomist.
Mathematics is intertwined so closely with Science that the two are inseparable, which makes choosing to eliminate physics, chemistry, and the like easy. Besides, doubtless operating via contemplation of Diversity, governments are defining Science these days, and suggesting it should be illegal to dissent from its definitions, which eliminates the need for any but token scientists. Anyway, too much of science and math are stained white and drenched in testosterone. Definitely not Diverse.
And then the same charges of non-Diverse manly Caucasianity are justly leveled at English, Western History, Theater, Music, Philosophy, and so on. These would have to go: nothing but their elimination would be fair to Diverse non-white, non-males. I mean, after you cut Aristotle, Anselm, Albertus Magnus, Aquinas, Augustine, Anaxgora—and these are just the ‘A’s!—and other demographically challenged philosophers, who is left?
I’ll tell you. People like Barbara L. Whitten, who would shoulder aside inclined planes and resistors wired in parallel and have students study “Feminist Physics“. She said, “My feminist training has taught me that science is a socially constructed artifact of human culture.” Well, and so it is. And so is Diversity. Which, though, is better?
Diversity, of course. There is no other possible answer.
A reminder: the only solution is to nuke universities from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
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