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09/18/2019 / By Vicki Batts
Stanford University is launching a physics course for “underrepresented” students. According to reports, the course is designed to give minority students from “underprivileged” backgrounds the extra help they need to succeed at college. The course will feature “learning aids” that will supposedly help unprepared students fill in the gaps. To the liberal left, this is the epitome of equity: Give students who haven’t learned what they need to know a leg up by giving them special treatment during class.
It’s one thing for a student to seek out tutoring on their own accord — that’s a sign of personal responsibility and drive. But that doesn’t seem to be the kind of thing Stanford University wants to foster. Instead, Stanford is teaching its students to fall back on their race and gender as an excuse to not have to work hard for what they want.
As Breitbart reports, Stanford University has joined the ranks of colleges around the country lowering the educational bar for the sake of politics. Standford has launched Physics 41E — a sister class to its Physics 41:Mechanics. The courses will cover the same content, but 41E will have extra class time and “learning aids” for minority students “who did not receive adequate preparation from their high school.”
Professor Rise Wechsler argues further that minority students “feel excluded” in physics courses.
“Many students from all backgrounds and identities come to Stanford excited about physics, and this interest does not strongly depend on race or gender. But we lose a larger number of Black, Latinx and Native students, as well as women of all races, in the first two years of undergraduate study. A lot of that is due to the lack of community and overall climate. People from underrepresented groups often do not feel welcome in physics classes,” Wechlser explained.
The language used by Professor Wechlser implies an entirely different message than the one being promoted by the school. Is Physics 41E for disadvantaged students who need extra help, or is it a class for students who believe they’re victims?
It is not a secret that some people are born wealthier or poorer than others, nor is it a secret that having money makes the minutia of life a bit easier — including education. It’s reasonable to assume that some college students from less affluent school districts may need extra help — that’s what tutoring services are for. If colleges want to make learning more accessible, they should make tutoring services more accessible to all students, irrespective of their race. Instead, Stanford is paying “learning assistants” $1,700 for classroom hand-holding. Oh, and if you’re a white male, too bad — no extra help for you. According to reports, Stanford’s Physics 41E course is only for minority students.
This whole business of feeling “excluded” or “unwelcome” is entirely manufactured by left-wing victim culture. If you are having trouble in school, you get a tutor. You don’t demand that the university restructure an entire course.
Imagine going into work and telling your boss, “Hey, I don’t know how to do my job. Can you hire someone to do it for me?”
That is the message Stanford is sending its students right now — and these kids are not going to be prepared for the real world. Your shortcomings aren’t someone else’s problem. There is nothing wrong with needing to learn, but it is up to the individual to take that initiative. There are substantial concerns about these kinds of tactics and how they ultimately lower the educational bar for minorities — but there is an even greater problem with these kind of “solutions” lowering students’ threshold for personal responsibility. Education today is no longer about learning to become a functional adult; instead its all about learning how to whine the loudest.
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