Jonathan Haidt predicts the campus climate will change next year

Bold thoughts. Lets hope!

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23 Responses to Jonathan Haidt predicts the campus climate will change next year

  1. Crossie

    Maybe but I am not convinced. Things only changed slightly When foreign students objected to chaos and intimidation by the social justice warrio snowflake students. The foreign students could withdraw and along with them their fees that subsidise domestic students including those causing most of the chaos on campuses. There is no consideration for the feelings of domestic students who were bullied into silence since they have nowhere else to go.

    It is ironic though that students from countries where free speech is not generally practiced could contribute to restoration of it to western campuses.

  2. Louis

    I think he has seriously underestimated the rise of administrators in universities and the power they have these days. He talks of lecturers not supporting the madness but forgets that these students only get their way through the administration on universities, and head of schools and universities are no longer academics but rather professional administrators.
    Even when I was at university in Queensland, lecturers were being cut back (including their access to resources) all the while the administrative staff exploded in numbers. Universities (in Australia) have more non-teaching staff than teaching staff.

  3. egg_

    Has it been raining fvckwits the last 30 years?

  4. win

    How many of these anti free speech students have a Professor Jake Lynch/ Melissa Crick type lecturer either present or directing operations where they can not be photographed for public exposure as where Crick and Lynch.?

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    Defunding is a great educational aide for academia ,you can teach them all sorts of tricks with funding. The u,n.communist climate scam would perish without public funds ,musk soros ,gore etc would have to find other ways of stealing taxpayers money, political parties would perish , aparrat would vanish ,you will never get a socialist to use their own money far the “cause” ,its take take ,not give , one of life’s most hopeless jobs is being a donation collector at a socialist Liefest .very unproductive occupation ,high staff turnover . I see the USA has cut $285,000,000 off their u,n, contribution ,reason , wasteful spending ! The countries who voted against the USA on the Jerusalem issue had better get ready for Donald’s response ,”they won’t like it up em “ .

  6. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    In Australia, some vice-chancellors, professors and students want change and a working towards it, but too few still, far too few. The point about the power of administrative staff is also pertinent, especially for those nestled into comfortable and largely unassailable positions in ‘equity’ areas. A bold vice-chancellor would axe many of these non-line management areas and hand more authority back to the faculties and academics; but bold vice-chancellors are still thin on the ground. Also, the boomer generations of a professoriate have to retire before significant change will take place.

    Australia is still cultural-cringing to the dominant left memes of the MSM. Look at the latest Weekend Australian Review to pick up the zeitgeist. The first lead article is a piece of SJW destruction of a lovely old song: ‘Baby, it’s cold outside’ – ‘no longer just a playful flirtation’ – as such things appear to be beyond the ken of the SJW’s. Turn the page and you’re greeted by Jacqueline McKenzie speaking about her reprise role in a TV production of Romper Stomper. It is important that we know Ms. McKenzie, 50, recently added her experiences of sexual harassment to the #MeToo campaign, and that we must hear her say “And now, with Trump in power, these forces (fringe rebellions) are front row and centre.’ The director makes it clear that we are in for a full SJW interpretation that I for one will not be interested in seeing. No change there, then. Nor on the next two pages, where we get a review of a film about homeless people living in motels, where the intent is to increase ‘awareness’ and ‘education’; not much about jobs there though, and I’m prepared to bet no recognition that Trump is these people’s best hope, not film-making SJW’s stepping in for a short visit. Then two articles about ugliness; a dose of this from a Japanese film-maker, and another dose of it from the world of art (nothing intrinsically wrong with this approach to art, imho, but not particularly up-cheering for the Christmas edition). Then David Stratton’s film reviews (generally as one might expect) and after that a review of some SJW stuff for your pre-schoolers, including an anti-bullfighting story about Ferdinand the non-bellicose bull. Catch them young and keep the social change coming, eh?

    We are a long way away from a turn in the culture in Oz.

  7. wozzup

    I like Jonathan Haidt and often listen to his videos including this one. He is usually well reasoned and without hyperbole. But I suspect that on this issue there is more than a bit of wishful thinking. The long march of leftists through our institutions is so pervasive that it will take more than a few t’eed off administrators and students to turn it around. Much more is needed including, I suspect organised action by conservatives to change things. Sadly most conservatives are so damn….well conservative and seem not to believe that they need to do anything for the future to stay the same as the past.

  8. Rafe Champion

    The point about the os students objecting was that others immediately joined in. The serious bullies are a very small minority and serious resistance can put them to flight when the silent majority have leadership.
    Of course the situation is alarming but Heterodox Academy is only two or three years old and the radicals have been essentially unchallenged since the 60s/70s.
    Parents are voting with their feet/fees on some of the worst campuses.

    Some sites to watch to keep up with the conservative push back.
    Diverse Academy https://heterodoxacademy.org/
    Intellectual Takeout http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/What-is-Intellectual-takeout
    Accuracy in Academia https://www.academia.org/
    The American Scholar https://theamericanscholar.org/

  9. Token

    There are rigid power structures that depend upon the fear the pogroms inflict. Their income depends upon their ability to deflect from their many shortcomings. They will fight as all nasty reactionaries do to maintain their power and income.

    This will be a very nasty, dirty conflict.

  10. Rafe

    IPA has organizers on 4 campuses inc Sydney. Just a start…

  11. Tel

    The era of big lecture hall style university teaching is over.

    It started out as a church thing where it made sense for young men to live in a monastic kind of environment, and then there was some overlap with military style training for conformity and comradery, but we don’t need any of that any more.

    Just go back to teaching in small groups, use online resources, mostly you learn what you want to learn for yourself.

  12. stackja

    Only medical/legal need present day campuses.

  13. Boambee John

    Tel

    Just go back to teaching in small groups, use online resources, mostly you learn what you want to learn for yourself.

    The future for “physical” universities is in tutorials, providing facilities such as laboratories for subjects with hands-on requirements, and exam supervision. Then provide a big hall and some impressively dressed chaps and chapesses for graduation ceremonies.

    The best lecturers for your subjects in your language should be available on-line or DVD for students to study until they grasp the point, then they refine that understanding in tutorials and laboratory work, then sit their exams.

  14. Boambee John

    stackja
    #2594655, posted on December 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    Only medical/legal need present day campuses.

    Engineering? Science? Dentistry?

  15. Siltstone

    thanks for the link Rafe, like your positive attitude

  16. Tel

    The future for “physical” universities is in tutorials, providing facilities such as laboratories for subjects with hands-on requirements, and exam supervision.

    Sure, if you want to learn real real physical skills which might be anything from operating a mill to making surfboards to laboratory work then you need the “hands on” environment. Thing is, the universities are steadily providing less of that, and in some cases you can do a virtual lab online, it’s not perfect but better than nothing.

    If any Australian kid wants to learn real heavy engineering, and understand it at a “hands on” level, the correct place to go is the airport.

  17. Tintarella di Luna

    Lets hope!

    Yes Rafe, that four letter word – sometimes it’s all we have and sometimes it’s all we need. So yes, let’s hope.

  18. Nerblnob

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2594399, posted on December 27, 2017 at 9:12 am
    Australia is still cultural-cringing to the dominant left memes of the MSM

    Yep. Couldn’t have put it better myself. Recent extended trip down under confirmed that big time.

    It still hasn’t sunk in to Australians that Trump got the presidency by just ignoring the media agenda and setting his own, via Twitter etc.

    Australians still think someone can be “destroyed” by a prominent academic’s comments on TV.

    The Libs capitulated to polls when they ditched Abbot, too dumb to see that they were in a cycle where every poll and learned prediction was wrong, including the MSM certainty that Abbott 2013 was “unelectable” .

    UK:
    Polls & pundits predicted hung parliament or Labour win 2015 – Tories win majority
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/06/general-election-2015-britain-heading-for-hung-parliament

    Polls predict Remain will beat Leave 52% to 48% – opposite happens
    https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/06/23/yougov-day-poll/

    USA – no need to link.
    Trump was defeated, destroyed, unelectable etc in all the polls except the one that mattered.

  19. stackja

    Make campuses self funding by successful students.

  20. J.H.

    Nah…. they’re just playing “Good Cop, Bad Cop” with us. The conversation is still about them and the funding stream is unchanged. They are just shuffling the names again… These people are only interested in living in the Tax Pool. They live to empower themselves at everyone else’s expense.

    As long as there is a compulsory Tax Pool, our societies will be dominated by rent seekers and an increasingly hereditary political class….. That’s the reality of compulsory extorted money pools and the mafiosi that administer them.

  21. IPA has organizers on 4 campuses inc Sydney. Just a start…

    Meaningless, especially since holding a meeting or talk will cost thousands in security fees to protect the speakers and venue (if they are even allowed one) from the feral left. This soft censorship is merely a devious method to stop the meetings altogether, the Uni can say they are not censoring them and they still have “free speech” (at enormous cost) whilst the feral left scumbags are given a free pass to hold conferences on the World’s most evil, murderous ideology.

    This is also the IPA we’re talking about. The same IPA who at the launch of Climate Change The Facts 2017 said they didn’t advertise the launch out of fear of lefty protests and violence. So I guess the launch of the next book will be held in a basement somewhere using secret knocks to enter.

    The situation on campus could be turned around with a few simple, low cost stunts and campaigns but that would involve people with spines actually getting off their whining arses and standing up (which you can only do if you have a spine). In other words we’re boned and the only thing that will happen is that the IPA campus organisers will have sand kicked in their faces and yell “Waaaaaahhh!!! Look at what the left are doing to us!” followed by introspection wondering why the left always win and we always lose. Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat.

    wozzup
    #2594412, posted on December 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Much more is needed including, I suspect organised action by conservatives to change things. Sadly most conservatives are so damn….well conservative and seem not to believe that they need to do anything for the future to stay the same as the past.

    wozzup clearly gets it.

  22. Mr Rusty;

    Meaningless, especially since holding a meeting or talk will cost thousands in security fees to protect the speakers and venue (if they are even allowed one) from the feral left. This soft censorship is merely a devious method to stop the meetings altogether, the Uni can say they are not censoring them and they still have “free speech” (at enormous cost) whilst the feral left scumbags are given a free pass to hold conferences on the World’s most evil, murderous ideology.

    And what’s stopping the students of the Right from organising their own Enforcers at their meetings?
    …well, apart from requiring a spine, that is.

  23. Rafe Champion

    So you guys would rather have no IPA presence on campus?
    They are also recruiting junior members off campus so if you know young people who want to be involved…

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