California has always been a hotbed of forward thinking, but now a group of professors are trying to make the state take a step backwards. At issue is the way that the education system is trying to enforce diversity in the classroom. Here is the full story.
They Want to Advance DEI
Back in March of 2022, the California Community Colleges (CCC) system first proposed a set of classroom standards focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
New Rules for Professors
The proposal included mandatory procedures that professors would have to follow in instructing students on how to build a more diverse and equitable college experience for all campus members.
DEI Affects Tenure
The educators would then be evaluated on the effectiveness of their DEI work when it came time for tenure decisions.
They could also be sanctioned if they weren’t meeting the standards.
Drawing Fire from FIRE
Right away, the CCC drew fire from an organization called Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, or FIRE.
Was It Unconstitutional?
At the time, FIRE warned the policy makers in California that their proposed DEI classroom initiative would violate the First Amendment rights of both educators and students.
Academic Freedom Squashed
FIRE also claimed that forcing the teaching requirements on professors would squash any semblance of academic freedom.
DEI Plowed Ahead
But the CCC went ahead with their DEI plans anyway.
And with a new school year just getting underway, several professors are taking exception to the new rules.
Professors Are Suing
In fact, six Fresno-area profs are so concerned about the impact on their free speech that they are working with FIRE to sue CCC to challenge the legality of the new regulations.
Representing three area campuses, the professors claim that the college system is forcing them to teach what they claim are questionable and always-changing viewpoints.
Forced to Comply
According to the FIRE filing, “The government is forcing professors to teach and preach a politicized viewpoint they do not share.”
Hard to Understand
What’s worse, say FIRE and the teachers, the DEI guidelines are vague and written in a sort of double-speak that makes it hard for professors to know where they stand.
Crossing an Imaginary Line
And yet, if they cross some arbitrary line defined by the new standards, the educators could face punishment or the denial of tenure.
They Have to Teach It
Some of that language includes the directive that professors must “employ teaching, learning, and professional practices that reflect DEIA and anti-racist principles.”
It’s Too Vague
That language is too vague to actually implement, claim FIRE and the educators.
They also take exception to some of the terminology that CCC includes in their glossary aimed at helping professors implement the guidelines.
‘Not a Racist’ Means Denial
For example, in the definition of “anti-racist,” the college system says, “Persons that say they are ‘not a racist’ are in denial of the inequities and racial problems that exist.”
No Freedom of Expression
FIRE says that such definitive statements are totalitarian and deny professors the right to express different viewpoints.
White Professors Can’t Win
And they also think some of the definitions put white faculty members in a precarious position.
Immune from Racism?
In defining “white privilege,” for example, the glossary states, “…White people are immune from disparate racial treatment and their privileges are elevated….”
The Courts Will Decide
Now the battle over whether or not that language is fair or even legal appears headed directly for the court system.
Is McDonald’s “About To Say Bye-Bye” to California? -$20 Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Workers Sparks Overhead Concerns
A minimum wage increase for fast-food workers in California concerns McDonald’s about a “devastating financial blow.” Here’s the whole story. Is McDonald’s “About To Say Bye-Bye” to California? -$20 Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Workers Sparks Overhead Concerns
Melania Trump Entered the U.S. on an “Einstein Visa” – Is Her IQ of 200 Higher Than Einstein and Trump Himself? It’s Certainly a ‘Captivating Topic’!
In the age of the internet, rumors spread faster than ever. One of the most recent centers around Melania Trump, the former first lady. Some are saying she has an extremely high IQ of 200, a number that, if true, would make her smarter than Albert Einstein. But is this claim based on fact or just more internet fiction? Melania Trump Entered the U.S. on an “Einstein Visa” – Is Her IQ of 200 Higher Than Einstein and Trump Himself? It’s Certainly a ‘Captivating Topic’!
Traitor Trump Will “Make You the Scapegoat” – His Former Lawyer Shocks the Country by Accusing Him of ‘Throwing His Own Children Under the Bus’ Amid Legal Battles
In Trump’s latest revelation, he’s been accused of throwing his own children under the bus by his former lawyer, who claimed in a tweet that Trump is trying to shift the blame on to his son, Eric, about fraud within the Trump organization. Traitor Trump Will “Make You the Scapegoat” – His Former Lawyer Shocks the Country by Accusing Him of ‘Throwing His Own Children Under the Bus’ Amid Legal Battles
New Impeachment Evidence! IRS Whistleblowers and Ways and Means Committee Uncover Biden Family’s Global Influence-Peddling Operation
New evidence from IRS whistleblowers and the Ways and Means Committee links the Biden Family’s global influence-peddling operation to over twenty-three countries across four continents. New Impeachment Evidence! IRS Whistleblowers and Ways and Means Committee Uncover Biden Family’s Global Influence-Peddling Operation
A Power Move or Cause for Concern? – President Biden’s Controversial On-Camera Exit Causes Speculation
President Joe Biden found himself at the center of attention after an unexpected moment during a live TV broadcast when he stood up and left the studio while cameras were still rolling. Here’s what happened. A Power Move or Cause for Concern? – President Biden’s Controversial On-Camera Exit Causes Speculation
Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / Jirapong Manustrong. The people shown in the images are for illustrative purposes only, not the actual people featured in the story.
Source: Campus Reform