This.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.
To be fair, if you're looking for logic and consistency in an argument, the musings of an SU hack is the last place you'll find it. They tend to be professional grievance-merchants without the will or aptitude to get anything done to address the concerns of the majority of students. Most are privileged, well-connected kids playing politics before they get a cushy number somewhere when the graduate.https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/university-culture-free-speech-spiked-no-platforming-a7580041.html
The viewpoint of a student union leader in the UK.
Summarized by me as follows: "You are not allowed be critical of behaviors or beliefs of certain groups of people that are viewed by this SU leader as subject to discrimination or people that this SU leader views as unable to defend their behavior/beliefs from such criticism".
Firstly, in what world does this SU leader live in ? Law supports equal opportunity for all and prohibits discrimination. Universities would be in the lead on following that law and going beyond it in the search for diversity.
Secondly, if the people cannot defend their own beliefs and behavior from criticism, why no-platform the critic ? It is not the fault of the critic. I sense that this SU leader feels sorry for certain "soft spoken targets of criticism". There are lots of ways to support such people. Trying to stop the criticism is hardly going to work. It is akin to wrapping them in bubble-wrap.
I don;t really expect to see consistency in SU folks. But this article has led me to understand a little bit more about how student leaders think, i.e. that it hurts them deeply when a well-spoken educated speaker with a stage and a microphone criticizes certain ideas/behaviors when at the same time, they believe the segment of students holding those beliefs or demonstrating those behaviors are not able to talk back. It is a stance founded mainly on emotion.To be fair, if you're looking for logic and consistency in an argument, the musings of an SU hack is the last place you'll find it. They tend to be professional grievance-merchants without the will or aptitude to get anything done to address the concerns of the majority of students. Most are privileged, well-connected kids playing politics before they get a cushy number somewhere when the graduate.
Well, I would like challenge that statement. In regard to no platforming in the UK, the government has decided to put a stop to it. This begs the question as to why the university management did nothing ? Also, when Katie Ascough got a message that said Katie has to die, it seems the university management did nothing.This.
I think there is also a lot of confusion, either willful ignorance or simply ignorance, between what is under a University's control and what is within the remit of Student Unions.
Is that "transphobic"?Male academics should say the word ‘menopause’ at least three times a day in solidarity with their female colleagues, according to a fellow scholar.
University authorities deemed the society’s actions to breach its respect and dignity policies, and ruled that the society’s committee should attend a “respect and dignity workshop”. (my emphasis)DCU society suspended from social activity over â€˜nude actsâ€™
See the comment from the feminist society that another society was a boys club.
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Heaven forbid students might learn something at a university of all places.University authorities deemed the society’s actions to breach its respect and dignity policies, and ruled that the society’s committee should attend a “respect and dignity workshop”. (my emphasis)
Re-education camps - coming soon to a university near you!
Hard to tell from the article if anyone was actually abused/disrespected. It is pretty scant on detail. How did the news of the antics get to the authorities for instance?University authorities deemed the societys actions to breach its respect and dignity policies, and ruled that the societys committee should attend a respect and dignity workshop. (my emphasis)
Re-education camps - coming soon to a university near you!
The Confucius Institute (CI) program, which began establishing centers for Chinese language instruction in 2004, has been the subject of criticisms, concerns, and controversies during its international expansion.
Many such concerns stem from the CI's relationship to Chinese Communist Party authorities, giving rise to criticisms about undermining academic freedom at host universities, engaging in industrial and military espionage, surveillance of Chinese students abroad, and attempts to advance the Chinese government's political agendas on controversial issues such as human rights in China, Taiwan and Tibet. Additional concerns have arisen over the institutes’ financial and academic viability, teaching quality, and relations with Chinese partner universities.
Confucius Institutes have defended their establishments, comparing them with other cultural promotion organizations such as Alliance française and Goethe-Institut. However, unlike the Alliance francaise or Goethe-Institut, many Confucius Institutes operate directly on university campuses, thus giving rise to unique concerns related to academic freedom and political influence. Some observers have noted that CIs are largely limited to teaching cultural and language programs, and the institutes' staff tend to see political and controversial subjects as human rights and democracy as outside the context of the mission of a Confucius Institute.
New South Wales Greens MP John Kaye said that although teaching Chinese language and culture is important, "Students are being denied a balanced curriculum which explores controversial issues, such as human rights violations and Taiwan, because critical examination might upset the Chinese government." Fellow Greens MP Jamie Parker organized a petition with more than 10,000 signatures, calling for removing the Confucius Classroom Program from local schools. NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli defended the classes, and noted the Chinese language syllabuses did not include the study of political content. Shuangyuan Shi, director of Confucius Institute in Sydney, noted the institute primarily focuses on language, and teachers are not there to draw conclusions for students in regards to controversial subjects. Senior Department of Education officials acknowledge the institutes play an important role in fostering greater literacy in Asian languages, they admit to concerns about China's influence over the program's content. They say that the treatment of "sensitive topics" such as human rights is usually well handled by teachers. Furthermore, the staff at the Sydney institutes noted Beijing never threatened their academic freedom.
After the University of Sydney's Institute for Democracy and Human Rights organized a 2013 talk by the Dalai Lama, the university warned that they could not use its logo, allow media coverage, or permit entry to the event by Tibet activists—forcing organizers to move the event off campus. University officials decided, "there was a better way of doing it. A small group, a small section of the student body, was really not the best thing." Sarah Hanson-Young, an Australian Greens senator, said "As a democratic country, we should be encouraging more open and frank discussion about the current situation in Tibet, not banning the country's spiritual leader from addressing students and staff at universities." A spokesperson for the activist Australia Tibet Council said the university had given in to China. "They have compromised their academic freedom and integrity, and it also sends a disheartening message to the Tibetan people," more than 100 of whom have died in recent self-immolation protests. June Teufel Dreyer, a University of Miami (Florida) professor of political science, claims that Confucius Institutes have distorted history, citing universities in Australia inviting speakers "to shill for the government and talk about how happy all the Tibetans were". A Joint Conference of Australia's 13 Confucius Institutes was held in Sydney on 4 September 2014, intending to increase the CI network's "visibility in Australia’s industry and public policy making communities".