Skip to comments.The Worst Campus Codeword
Posted on 05/01/2008 12:25:14 PM PDT by Caleb1411
The academic left is fond of buzzwords that sound harmless but function in a highly ideological way. Many schools of education and social work require students to have a good "disposition." In practice this means that conservatives need not apply, as highly publicized attempts to penalize right-wing students at Brooklyn College and Washington State University revealed. "Social justice" is an even more useful codeword. Who can oppose it? But some schools made the mistake of spelling out that it means advocacy for causes of the left, including support for gay marriage and adoption, also opposition to "institutional racism," heterosexism, classism and ableism. Students at Teachers College, Columbia, are required to acknowledge that belief in "merit, social mobility and individual responsibility" often produce and perpetuate social inequalities. Even in its mildest form "social justice" puts schools in a position of judging the acceptability of students' political and social opinions.
Now the left is organizing around its most powerful codeword yet: sustainability. Dozens of universities now have sustainability programs. Arizona State is bulking up its curriculum and seems to be emerging as the strongest sustainability campus. UCLA has a housing floor devoted to sustainability. The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) has a sustainability task force and has joined eight other education associations to form a sustainability consortium. Pushed by the cultural left, UNESCO has declared the United National Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014, featuring the now ubiquitous symbol of the sustainability movement - three overlapping circles representing environmental, economic and social reform (i.e., ecology is only a third of what the movement is about).
Only recently have the goals and institutionalization of the movement become clear. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability is Higher Education (AASHE) says it "defines sustainability is an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health,
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“Sustainability?” What a joke. How “sustainable” was their model, the USSR?
This article needs to be more “green”.
Sustainable makes me think of Agenda 21.
Well of course the USSR would have worked fine if the mean ol’ imperialist USA hadn’t “undermined” them....
I dunno...the excerpt seems to have a small enough "carbon footprint."
I work with someone who refuses to say the word "Problem" in any context. It's always a "challenge".
"I'm having a challenge with my computer."
No. You're not. Climbing K2 is a "challenge". You're having a "problem".
"And if you don't stop saying 'challenge', you're going to have ANOTHER 'problem'"
You have to be "progressive" to use that term.
‘I work with someone who refuses to say the word “Problem” in any context. It’s always a “challenge”.’
The word should be “issue”, not “challenge”. Corporate feel-good word. We don’t have problems here, we have “issues”.
“Sustainability” is just the replacement code word for the now discredited code phrase “economic justice”.
Same song, different day.
Co-opt a term that most people interpret favorably and define it in a slightly different way so that it supports a destructive agenda.
Surely no-one objects to people being happy and ‘gay’ right?
And no-one but a neanderthal would object to ‘choice’?
Or ‘affirmative’ action?
Or ‘fair’ taxation?
The word should be issue, not challenge. Corporate feel-good word. We dont have problems here, we have issues
NOT TO MENTION
‘FAILYA TO COMMUNICATE’
Opportunity. There are no problems, just opportunities.
My daughter is working as an RA at Washington State University. She has been complaining to us about the meetings that she has to sit through each week, where nothing gets done, because no one seems able to make a decision. She hates these meetings, especially when she has homework that she could be doing instead.
Social justice = marxism = take money from “privileged” Whites and give it to people who don’t want to work for it.
There are those who would happily recreate the USSR and all its deadly ideologies simply because the new people would now be in charge, and they would "do it right" this time.
I first heard (or read) a warning about "sustainability" ten years ago. It hasn't died out. Indeed, the concept has gotten more entrenched.
As the United Nations restructures itself to become a world government vis-a-vis global governance, it is being formed around the principles of sustainable development as defined by Agenda 21. Signed by the U.S. during the Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro in 1992, Agenda 21 is a 40-chapter manifesto to reorganize the world using socialist and pantheistic principles to protect Earth .
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