Thursday, October 29, 2015

Government Monitoring Bias on College Campuses?

Trigger Warning:
Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson sure seems to think it's a good idea.  Phillip Bump over at the Washington Post has the story:
Ben Carson wants the government to monitor bias on college campuses. Can it?

Dr. Ben Carson, currently running in second for the Republican presidential nomination, told NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday that he supports a system under which the government would investigate allegations of "extreme bias" on college campuses.
"The way that works," Carson explained, "is you invite the students at the universities to send in their complaints. And then you investigate." He later added, "It's not a violation of the 1st Amendment, because all I'm saying is taxpayer funding should not be used for propaganda. It shouldn't be."
Oh Jesus, where to begin?  First of all, we have to accept the fact that many colleges and universities have become little more than expensive preschools.  These adult day care centers nurture the precious snowflakes that attend them by providing "safe spaces", puppies, and coloring books whenever someone even slightly controversial comes to town.  These flowers often respond to new ideas by trying to shut them down, censor them, and in general trying to keep them from being heard.

What does Dr. Carson think would happen if these children (yes, that's what they are) were given the tools to report bias to the federal government?  What does he think would happen if the federal government were given the tools to punish the perpetrators of said bias?  Sure on paper this would help some conservative students fight back against the massive liberal control of college campuses, but how long before some liberal student reports conservative professors?  Or conservative student groups?

Hell we don't even need to bring conservatives into this.  Let's say we have a law professor who isn't really into politics.  His students don't know whether he's a liberal or a conservative-he just presents the material he needs to teach.  Then one day he decides to teach a lesson on rape laws in his state.  His law students, delicate flowers that they are, freak the hell out.  Under Carson's "system" what's to stop those students for reporting the professor for bias against rape victims?  Think this is far-fetched?  Rape law was brought up as an issue by social-justice warriors in law schools across the country last year.

But wait, doesn't Carson's system sound eerily similar to one already in place? Why yes, yes it does:

Kessler points out that Carson's proposal appears to mirror the Department of Education's efforts to investigate sexual assaults on college campuses by leveraging Title IX -- an effort that has met with strong objection from members of Carson's own party.
 Yeah, that's worked out REAL well...

H/T to Kemberlee Kaye at College Insurrection for providing inspiration for this rant: Ben Carson Thinks Government Should Monitor College Campus Bias

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