It’s been a known fact for quite some time that many colleges and universities all across the country are hotbeds of far-left liberalism, particularly in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences. But as revealed in a new short video by Prager University, this “progressive” agenda is now infecting mathematics and the sciences as well.
Heather Mac Donald, author of the bestselling book The Diversity Delusion, explains how STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, is the latest target of social justice indoctrinators who want to see more “diversity” in these four fields – diversity being a code word for anti-white, and often anti-male, sentiments.
“The promoters of identity politics, the idea that we are primarily defined by our race and gender, have taken over the humanities and social sciences,” Mac Donald warns in the video. “That’s bad. But not as bad as this: They are moving in on ‘STEM’ – science, technology, engineering, and math.”
Even though math, science, technology, and engineering are all clear-cut fields where progress and aptitude are measured completely independently of skin color and gender, social justice warriors (SJWs) have somehow found a way to embed their own pet agendas into the curriculums of these respective fields, completely altering their quality and integrity.
“The science diversity charade, as I discuss in my book, ‘The Diversity Delusion,’ wastes extraordinary amounts of time and money that could be going into basic research and its real-world application,” she adds. “If that were its only consequence, the cost would be high enough. But identity politics is altering the standards for scientific competence and the way future scientists are trained.”
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It’s also happening in the field of medicine, Mac Donald warns. Rather than accept students based purely on merit, many medical schools are now adopting a so-called “holistic” approach that seeks out lesser-than students with brown skin, say, over better-than students with white skin – all to correct the alleged “wrongs” and “disparities” of our supposedly “unjust” society.
“The same diversity obsession extends to medical schools,” Mac Donald contends. “Not a happy thought when they wheel you into the operating room for emergency surgery. The promoters of identity politics are literally playing with our lives.”
Mac Donald uses the example of the University of California, San Diego, which recently advertised a position for an assistant professor with the caveat that the candidate pool needed to have a “specific emphasis on contributions to diversity,” and an “awareness of inequities faced by underrepresented groups.”
Perhaps needless to say, every single one of the five candidates who applied and made it on UCSD’s short list for the position was a female.
“All across the country, the big question is: How can we promote more women and minorities by ‘changing’ (i.e., lowering) the requirements we had previously set for graduate level study?” one scientist from the University of California, Los Angeles is quoted as saying by Mac Donald in the video.
“The desperate attempt to get women into STEM fields is also based on the idea that, absent discrimination, women and men would be equally represented in the sciences,” Mac Donald further states.
“This is highly unlikely, however. Differences in math proficiency between boys and girls show up as early as kindergarten. In the top .01 percent of math ability, where we find scientific genius, there are 2.5 males in the U.S. for every female, according to a recent paper in the journal Intelligence.”
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