I care most that universities have viewpoint diversity in the humanity areas. This meaning that there is a fair crack of the whip given to reasonable and relevant ideas of all sorts in these subjects. If that is not case, then you get group think. The results of education/research are weaker because of unchallenged ideas based on unsound biases. That means the conclusions of research are poorer and the competence of students weaker than they could be.Universities are meant to be a place of intellect for higher education. Why the feck should diversity even come into this?
Load of bloody rubbish.
This is literally all B.S.I think it is safe to say that many US universities have a problem that is concentrated in non-scientific faculties and the university management. It is the problem of a dominant ideology based around social justice and victim-hood where in the worst cases, the proponents of the ideology have lost any tolerance for any other competing/conflicting viewpoints existing on the campuses. There following videos explain why this is a problem.
This is why you see no-platforming happening in universities. No-platforming is the most externally visible sign that this problem exists. Anyone who might say something or even be perceived to say something negative against a victimized category runs the risk of being no-platformed. Another clear sign is when independently minded academics get their P45 handed to them.
In the US, this guy Jonathan Haidt has started an organisation to restore viewpoint diversity to US universities. He even compiles a ranking of US universities where the elite universities are unfortunately at the bottom of the pile in terms of viewpoint diversity. This should start helping in the coming years.
In the UK, you have a different approach being taken to tackle the no-platforming symptom of the problem: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/05/03/universities-no-platform-controversial-speakers-will-face-government/
Why is this important ? Well we pay a lot of money for education and it is essential for our future success as a society. If our 3rd level institutions are educating our young adults to be one trick ponies, we should care. If our young adults are one trick ponies, what happens our society as these young adults develop into political, media, business and education leaders ? Educating our next generation of leaders is essential to keep societal development adapting to unforeseen change in the best possible way.
Is there any evidence of this lack of viewpoint diversity in Irish universities ?
Is there any evidence that viewpoint diversity is alive and flourishing in Irish universities ?
Is there some reason why the Irish institutes are resistant to what US universities are clearly not?
Contributions could be on events directly occurring within the third level institution or it could be on events external to the university that indirectly points to presence or absence of viewpoint diversity in university education.
I would especially love to hear viewpoints/evidence from people inside the Irish universities and those who recently (last 10 years) exited as a graduating student from an Irish university. I am a science and tech graduate from too long ago and hence I won;t have direct experience of what is happening in the humanities now.
I am a concerned citizen with a stake in the quality of our third level education system. I do see that Irish media is no different to other medias in terms of the biases they portray and this gives me some reason to believe all is not well at the universities.
The Irish universities may be conservatively managed as you say but unless you provide some evidence on why you think that then you don't look very intellectual either.This is literally all B.S.
Irish universities have been deeply conservative at management level for generations, in terms of campus culture and academic policies, and OP is yet another Yankified right-winger parroting other people's talking points.
How about the papists sitting on boards of management in most cases and insisting on their ideologies having safe spaces (chaplaincies) on campus in the face of rising secularism?The Irish universities may be conservatively managed as you say but unless you provide some evidence on why you think that then you don't look very intellectual either.
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So "diversity" doesn't involve respect for other people or their religion? Your statement is obviously that of a bigot especially with your use of that term "papist". Are you aware of how Irish people were mistreated and murdered just for merely being "papist"?
You mentioned conservatism in terms academic issues and campus culture. Does this example you give cover both academic and campus culture ?
I think you're out of date. The nearest chaplaincy to me is multi-faith and none. Same with others I know of.
There is a storm going on on another thread about this. All about whether Katie was in the right or the wrong.The UCD SU (which is a testing ground for future gombeen politicians to promise change to a gullible audience then sit on their backsides for a year) has been implicated in some "questionable" activities regarding free speech and freedom of opinion.
The most famous example would be Katie Ascough's impeachment on the grounds she held pro-life views. She made these views explicitly clear before her election. Luckily, the thought police in her cabinet did their best to have her ousted once she disagreed to contradict her own position on the matter.
I don’t think most other members of this forum share your apparent inability to understand the points I’m making or the evidence on which they’re based.If not for me, for other members of this forum. If not for them, for yourself, because you are looking pretty foolish right now especially with your last few contributions.