This is pretty shocking. The University of Delaware is actually indoctrinating students who live in campus housing. It is nothing less than that, in fact, the university’s own "teaching" materials refers to it as a “treatment” for students’ "incorrect attitudes and beliefs".
The university’s views are forced on students through a comprehensive manipulation of the residence hall environment, from mandatory training sessions to “sustainability” door decorations. Students living in the university’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 “diversity facilitation training” session at which RAs were taught, among other things, that “[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.”
The university suggests that at one-on-one sessions with students, RAs should ask intrusive personal questions such as “When did you discover your sexual identity?” 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 RA’s “worst” one-on-one session was a young woman who stated that she was tired of having “diversity shoved down her throat.”
According to the program’s materials, the goal of the residence life education program is for students in the university’s residence halls to achieve certain “competencies” that the university has decreed its students must develop in order to achieve the overall educational goal of “citizenship.” These competencies include: “Students will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society,” “Students will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of oppression,” and “Students will be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily habits and consumer mentality.”
At various points in the program, students are also pressured or even required to take actions that outwardly indicate their agreement with the university’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 “oppressed” social group, and taking action by advocating for a “sustainable world.”
This is one of the most appalling examples of
authoritarian totalitarian brainwashing I have ever heard of in the United States. Read this again:
“[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.”
Change the race to any other one and see how utterly offensive – and how blatantly racist – that statement is. They're preparing student alright. For a specific place in society. Welcome to Metropolis, workers.
UPDATE: Regular readers had to see this one coming:
Others understandably unhappy with the commisars of the UofD: Joanne Jacobs (aka my Blogmother): "Students weren’t asked if they found the “treatment” intrusive, annoying, a waste of time and/or a violation of their rights."
Right Voices: "You have the right to free speech as long as the liberals approve of the message. You can have free thought, just as long as you think what the liberals want you to think."
Hot Air: "FIRE is calling for the program to be dismantled. That would be a good start."
SCSU Scholars: "I've written years ago about our own student orientations and those given to others and their parents, but this one appears to jump the shark."
Jason Steck (At MVDG Gazette): "1984, it would appear, was not avoided so much as delayed until 2007."
Mac's Mind: "Nevertheless, it’s not so amazing that this type of thought policing happens at our colleges, but it is amazing that the dumbasses at this school are blatant about it."
Colossus Of Rhodey: "For all those aghast at George Bush's America supposedly "leading us down the road to fascism," the sad fact is that all you have to do to really find it is just take a trip to Delaware's own Newark (that's pronounced "new ark" for non-Delawareans) campus."
Sister Toldjah: "Put another nail in the coffin on the liberal lie about supporting “free thought.” "
David Thompson: "Presumably, Professor Stanley Fish has no objection to “bridges” being built in this way, or to the term ‘racist’ being applied to “all white people… living in the United States.” And presumably he still believes that students “don’t have to worry” about the spread of campus speech codes and other neurotic sensitivities. Again, I beg to differ. "
Protein Wisdom (Dan Collins): (No words, just a picture or two.)
Mahablog: "….eventually you get to an article about a program at the University of Delaware that really does sound creepy and objectionable. But I’m not seeing a connection to Glenn." (Hint – it's because of the obscenely racist phrase used in the training materials – that are officially sanctioned by UofD. And it is more than objectionable and creepy.)
Fausta: "And it'll cost you $16,098 if you're a Delaware resident, $27,348 if you're from out of state. I guess that part of their "consumer mentality" should not be affected."
Flopping Aces: "This is it. This is the liberals wet dream. A perfect world of Socialism/Communism gripping the throats of all who enter their domain. You must submit and believe what we believe." NOTE: Curt also has the contact information for the UofD president.
Weasel Zippers: "Reminds me of the re-education gulags the Soviets put dissidents in and I'm sure that's where they're drawing their inspiration from."
Sigmund, Carl and Alfred: "The Educational Gulag."
Leaning Straight Up: "Ah yes, white privilege. That would be the the privilege that keeps me in my apartment, driving my used 1999 car."
Neocon News: "With some of the tripe in their training guides, it’s no wonder that people at the University are comparing it to the North Korean government…."
Oxford Medievalist: "Those far-left nuts who claim that the Bush Administration has us down the path to fascism really ought to take a look at what's going on at our college campuses."