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The descent of American Universities into cesspools of politically-correct leftist and Marxist indoctrination accelerates unabated. We recently wrote of the brainwashing occurring at schools of social work, but the University of Delaware has managed to top that with a “reeducation program” that is downright Orwellian. FIRE has the story you won’t believe, University of Delaware Requires Students to Undergo Ideological Reeducation.
The University of Delaware subjects students in its residence halls to a shocking program of ideological reeducation that is referred to in the universityâ€™s own materials as a â€œtreatmentâ€ for studentsâ€™ incorrect attitudes and beliefs. The Orwellian program requires the approximately 7,000 students in Delawareâ€™s residence halls to adopt highly specific university-approved views on issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy, and environmentalism. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is calling for the total dismantling of the program, which is a flagrant violation of studentsâ€™ rights to freedom of conscience and freedom from compelled speech.
â€œThe University of Delawareâ€™s residence life education program is a grave intrusion into studentsâ€™ private beliefs,â€ FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. â€œThe university has decided that it is not enough to expose its students to the values it considers important; instead, it must coerce its students into accepting those values as their own. At a public university like Delaware, this is both unconscionable and unconstitutional.â€
The universityâ€™s views are forced on students through a comprehensive manipulation of the residence hall environment, from mandatory training sessions to â€œsustainabilityâ€ door decorations. Students living in the universityâ€™s eight housing complexes are required to attend training sessions, floor meetings, and one-on-one meetings with their Resident Assistants (RAs). The RAs who facilitate these meetings have received their own intensive training from the university, including a â€œdiversity facilitation trainingâ€ session at which RAs were taught, among other things, that â€œ[a] racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality.â€
The university suggests that at one-on-one sessions with students, RAs should ask intrusive personal questions such as â€œWhen did you discover your sexual identity?â€ Students who express discomfort with this type of questioning often meet with disapproval from their RAs, who write reports on these one-on-one sessions and deliver these reports to their superiors. One student identified in a write-up as an RAâ€™s â€œworstâ€ one-on-one session was a young woman who stated that she was tired of having â€œdiversity shoved down her throat.â€
According to the programâ€™s materials, the goal of the residence life education program is for students in the universityâ€™s residence halls to achieve certain â€œcompetenciesâ€ that the university has decreed its students must develop in order to achieve the overall educational goal of â€œcitizenship.â€ These competencies include: â€œStudents will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society,â€ â€œStudents will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of oppression,â€ and â€œStudents will be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily habits and consumer mentality.â€
At various points in the program, students are also pressured or even required to take actions that outwardly indicate their agreement with the universityâ€™s ideology, regardless of their personal beliefs. Such actions include displaying specific door decorations, committing to reduce their ecological footprint by at least 20%, taking action by advocating for an â€œoppressedâ€ social group, and taking action by advocating for a â€œsustainable world.â€
In the Office of Residence Lifeâ€™s internal materials, these programs are described using the harrowing language of ideological reeducation. In documents relating to the assessment of student learning, for example, the residence hall lesson plans are referred to as â€œtreatments.â€
Pure, unadulterated brainwashing. Students are forced into one-on-one “treatments” with RA’s who document “incorrect thoughts” for their superiors in the Ministry of Love. Such is the state of academia and “higher learning.”
Oh, and you did catch the University’s definition of racist: â€œ[a] racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality.â€
You learn something new every day.
Mike Adams chimes in.