The University of California, Los Angeles faculty has approved a new policy that requires most future undergraduates to take a course on ethnic, cultural, religious, or gender diversity.
The university announced late Friday that the faculty voted for the required class by a large margin, ending an effort that began two decades ago in 2004 and was defeated three times before, according to Los Angeles Times.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block couldn’t be happier with the vote, which went 916 to 487 in favor of the mandate that will start in the fall of 2017. “A diversity-focused course has been a long-standing priority for me because of it’s clear value to our students,” Block said, adding that he thinks the course will help prepare students to live and work in a multicultural society.
Others in the UCLA faculty aren’t so convinced of that value. Political science professor Thomas Schwartz said the mandatory course was insulting. “The idea that 21st century American 18-year-olds who have been admitted to UCLA are so afflicted with bigotry that they must be forced to endure an attitude-altering course is preposterous. It is like forcing Norwegians to get inoculated against malaria.”
Opponents have said students were overburdened with other requirements and that the budget-strapped university couldn’t afford extra classes. They also argued about whether these classes improve ethnic relations and skew left politically.
LA Times says most other UC campuses and UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture already require diversity courses.
Fix This Nation gives a fresh view on the new diversity course:
“No child in America needs to be told that people are different. It is something we recognize from the earliest moments of our lives. Not even identical twins share the same thoughts. But of course, that’s not what liberals mean by “diversity.” To them, everyone can be categorized. Blacks, whites, Hispanics, men, women, transgenders, gays, straights, etc. It’s not even that everyone can be categorized, it’s that everyone must be categorized. And then those categories must be put into a pyramid, so we can see who is oppressing whom.
…Wouldn’t it be more profitable to concentrate on our similarities? Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if we focused on those things we share in common?
…A real diversity course would begin and end with one sentence: We’re all different, and yet we are all the same. Teach these kids that none of these categories really matter. Teach them that the only oppression they face in this country is the one they choose to believe in. Let them explore the boundaries of their human potential by throwing off these shackles of historical shame. They would go a lot farther, accomplish a lot more, and live much happier lives. But they might not vote Democrat, and that’s all that really matters to the people who come up with this crap.”