Many critics of college today claim that universities are now nothing but centers of indoctrination seeking to ram ideology down students’ throats. Up until now, their arguments have centered around the ideologies of college professors who may present subject matter in a biased way. Well, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business just institutionalized bias in a way that is sure to have those same people scream bloody murder.
The University of Michigan has added a three-year diversity requirement to its Ross School of Business undergraduate curriculum that, among other things, will teach their students how race, gender and sexual orientation “connect to larger systems of power, privilege and oppression.”
The three-year program takes place over the sophomore, junior and senior years, focusing on “identity, diversity, and organizations,” in each respective year. The program is in its first year and only has the sophomore requirement in progress.
“Identity 101” explores how race, gender and sexual orientation “connect to larger systems of power, privilege and oppression,” the course description states. “CQ Assessment Workshop” is on cultural intelligence with a focus on “the skills and capabilities needed to succeed internationally and in multicultural situations.”
Now, we have no doubts that the individuals behind this effort have nothing but the best of intentions. Of course, we all know which road is paved with good intentions.
Here’s the problem. These classes require students to accept arguments about race and identity that are, at best, controversial. There’s a great deal of debate about the idea of “white privilege,” for example, yet these classes seek to institutionalize the idea and indoctrinate students who have little experience of the real world and therefore no ability to judge for themselves.
Campus Reform finishes with:
“This new curriculum is designed to best serve the learning styles and aspirations of this generation,” said Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the school, when the program was first announced in September. “We as educators have a responsibility to ensure that future generations understand the integral role that business plays in society and that they have the knowledge and focus to lead in a responsible way.”
Frankly, we think they missed. Horribly.
What’s likely to happen is that it will be yet another class about how white men should feel guilty about, well, everything.