Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: No let doubleplusungood.
First, a little mood music:
Ah, college is a place that embraces insanity like “gender studies” or “critical Whiteness”, but can’t stand the old school cops of Alex Jones’… fan.
“If you want to know why Bradley Shear is pushing Congress and the states to crack down on social-media snooping by colleges and universities, ask the lawyer about the Alex Jones case.
“One of Shear’s teenage clients was denied admissions to a prestigious college after the admissions officer ask him why he followed the InfoWars conspiracy theorist on Twitter, according to Shear.
“The student didn’t interact with Jones or himself promote conspiracy theories – he simply followed a controversial personality.”
What’s scarier than someone who listened to Alex Jones? CAPITAL LETTERS!
“Staff at Leeds Trinity’s school of journalism have also been told to ‘write in a helpful, warm tone, avoiding officious language and negative instructions’. Some blasted the move as ‘more academic mollycoddling’ of the snowflake generation. An ‘enhancing student understanding, engagement and achievement’ memo lists dos and don’ts – with ‘do’ and ‘don’t’ among words frowned upon.
“Course leaders say capitalising a word could emphasise ‘the difficulty or high-stakes nature of the task’.
“The memo says: ‘Despite our best attempts to explain assessment tasks, any lack of clarity can generate anxiety and even discourage students from attempting the assessment at all.
“‘Generally, avoid using capital letters for emphasis and ‘the overuse of “do”, and, especially, “DON’T”.'”
Guess what one Women’s college thought was beyond the pale and must not be accepted? If you guessed “women“, then collect your prize!
“A women’s college recently changed its admissions policy to accept applicants who either live or identify as women while no longer accepting women who now identify as men. The college has refused to comment on this new policy.
“Stephens College, a private school in Columbia, Missouri, has decided to change its definition of womanhood for the first time in its 185-year history. The new policy states the college will ‘admit and enroll students who were not born female, but who identify and live as women.’
“On the flip side, the new policy states that ‘the College will stop admitting and enrolling students who were born female but who now identify as men or who are transitioning from female to male.'”