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The Worst Campus Codeword
Jewish World Review ^ | April 30, 2008 | John Leo

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: ac; censorship; college; education; highereducation; johnleo; pc; persecution; sustainability; sustainable

1 posted on 05/01/2008 12:25:15 PM PDT by Caleb1411
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To: rhema; wagglebee; LiteKeeper
Adam Kissel of the educational watchdog group the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) wrote: "Documents written or promoted by residential life officials demonstrate that sustainability is a highly politicized comprehensive agenda including positions of such topics as affirmative action, gay marriage, abortions, corporations and worldwide distribution of wealth."
2 posted on 05/01/2008 12:26:49 PM PDT by Caleb1411 ("These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own." G. K. C)
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To: Caleb1411

“Sustainability?” What a joke. How “sustainable” was their model, the USSR?


3 posted on 05/01/2008 12:27:57 PM PDT by henkster (I'm a typical white guy.)
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To: Caleb1411

This article needs to be more “green”.


4 posted on 05/01/2008 12:29:27 PM PDT by OB1kNOb ("We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election." - Ahmed Yousef, Hamas PM advisor)
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To: Caleb1411

Sustainable makes me think of Agenda 21.


5 posted on 05/01/2008 12:30:01 PM PDT by Califreak (Hangin' with Hunter-under the bus "Dread and Circuses")
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To: henkster

Well of course the USSR would have worked fine if the mean ol’ imperialist USA hadn’t “undermined” them....


6 posted on 05/01/2008 12:30:50 PM PDT by Pete98 (After his defeat by the Son of God, Satan changed his name to Allah and started over.)
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To: OB1kNOb
This article needs to be more “green”.

I dunno...the excerpt seems to have a small enough "carbon footprint."

7 posted on 05/01/2008 12:31:43 PM PDT by Lou L
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To: Caleb1411
I'll tell you the buzzword I can't stand: "challenge".

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'"

8 posted on 05/01/2008 12:33:22 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Psycho_Bunny
I'll tell you the buzzword I can't stand: "challenge".

You have to be "progressive" to use that term.

9 posted on 05/01/2008 12:35:22 PM PDT by OB1kNOb ("We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election." - Ahmed Yousef, Hamas PM advisor)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

‘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”.


10 posted on 05/01/2008 12:36:19 PM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Caleb1411

“Sustainability” is just the replacement code word for the now discredited code phrase “economic justice”.


11 posted on 05/01/2008 12:36:38 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Lou L
I dunno...the excerpt seems to have a small enough "carbon footprint."

About which,


12 posted on 05/01/2008 12:40:53 PM PDT by Caleb1411 ("These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own." G. K. C)
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To: Caleb1411

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?

Or ‘change’?

Or...


13 posted on 05/01/2008 12:42:07 PM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: L98Fiero

The word should be “issue”, not “challenge”. Corporate feel-good word. We don’t have problems here, we have “issues”

NOT TO MENTION

‘FAILYA TO COMMUNICATE’


14 posted on 05/01/2008 12:48:29 PM PDT by flat
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To: Caleb1411
I work at a major university and in 2006 the codeword/phrase was "Providing Content. In 2007 it was "Learning Through Gaming" and this year it's all about following "The Process". You have no idea how many hundreds of hours of meetings I've sat through where people talk about this stuff all day, even though most of them have no idea what it means or how to do it.
15 posted on 05/01/2008 12:49:54 PM PDT by aegiscg47
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To: Psycho_Bunny
I work with someone who refuses to say the word "Problem" in any context. It's always a "challenge".

Opportunity. There are no problems, just opportunities.

16 posted on 05/01/2008 12:50:48 PM PDT by decimon
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To: aegiscg47
You have no idea how many hundreds of hours of meetings I've sat through where people talk about this stuff all day, even though most of them have no idea what it means or how to do it.

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.

17 posted on 05/01/2008 12:57:47 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Caleb1411

Social justice = marxism = take money from “privileged” Whites and give it to people who don’t want to work for it.


18 posted on 05/01/2008 1:46:35 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: henkster
“Sustainability?” What a joke. How “sustainable” was their model, the USSR?

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.

19 posted on 05/01/2008 1:52:25 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid ... even by congressional standards.)
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To: RobinOfKingston

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 .

http://www.newswithviews.com/Coffman/mike6.htm


20 posted on 05/01/2008 2:20:14 PM PDT by Califreak (Hangin' with Hunter-under the bus "Dread and Circuses")
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To: decimon
Opportunity. There are no problems, just opportunities.

I'm having an opportunity with my computer. Doesn't seem to work...unless you find getting mad at your computer just another opportunity to bash Microsoft.

21 posted on 05/01/2008 2:37:08 PM PDT by CarryaBigStick
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To: Caleb1411

“The establishment of an American Soviet government will require the confiscation of large landed estates in both town and country and the entirety of lakes, forests, rivers, and mineral deposits.”

Warren Z. Foster - National Chairman, Communist PArty USA, 1932.

Foster was the founder of Fosterite Communism.

Here’s more:
“The future of Communism in America is the environmental movement.”
That was Gus Hall, NAtional Chairman, Communist Party USA back when he was in office (think Hippy Times)

“We reject the idea of private property”. - Peter Berle - President of National Audubon Society.

“Let’s be unreasonable! Let’s take it all.” Brock Evans, Vice President of National Audubon Society under Berle.

Communism in America can be traced to the first years of the Pilgrims. Governor William Bradford used “community” instead of the alter “communism” but he attributed the Starving Winter to the Pilgrim experiment with communism.

I think q 384 year learning period is a bit excessive. It is time for America to stop trying to perfect Communism, even if it takes other names like “environmentalism”, “sustainability”, “prevention of global warming”, ad nauseam.


22 posted on 05/01/2008 2:39:06 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principle)
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To: CarryaBigStick
I'm having an opportunity with my computer.

Those can be among the most rewarding. First you spend some futile days trying to fix the thing. Then you snipe a few innocents. Then you buy a new puter that works just fine.

23 posted on 05/01/2008 2:55:29 PM PDT by decimon
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To: GourmetDan
Yeah, leftist doublespeak and newspeak is rampant. As for “diversity” . . .
24 posted on 05/01/2008 3:07:19 PM PDT by Jacquerie (All Muslims are suspect.)
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To: Caleb1411

language is such a beautiful thing until a leftist gets ahold of it.


25 posted on 05/01/2008 3:14:19 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("resort not to force until every just law be defied")
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To: Jacquerie
"doublespeak"

don't forget diversity and inclusiveness. If you are not "diverse" and "inclusive", you might be in store for some "sustainable" "social justice".

26 posted on 05/01/2008 4:03:32 PM PDT by driftless2
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Bummer. The marxists stole another meaningful word from modern civilization.

Our farm business plan includes the word “sustainable.”

Cheers,
OLA


27 posted on 05/01/2008 4:10:47 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (Truth was the first casualty in the MSM's war on President Bush.)
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