by: Vicki Batts
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Identity politics and diversity initiatives may sound great to idealistic liberals, but the practical application of such ideologies is producing some undesirable results. Colleges are now lowering their standards in an effort to create a more diverse population of students, and this trend of prioritizing skin color over actual academic merit is now reaching STEM fields of study. And in a recent PragerU video, best-selling author Heather MacDonald discusses how political correctness is now influencing the field of science in a bad way.
No one should be excluded from anything based on the color of their skin — but this is not what is happening in America today. What is happening is that liberal academia is dropping the bar of entry on an array of prestigious fields, in an effort to make them more “accessible.” Altering academic and training standards in order to prioritize “diversity” over actual merit isn’t just a bad idea– you might say lowering the bar is actually more offensive to minorities and women.
When progression becomes regression
As MacDonald contends, this wave of diversity initiatives is spelling disaster for STEM departments at universities everywhere. In addition to changing academic standards, enormous amounts of resources are being wasted on creating tools and projects to advance the “diversity” agenda, such as creating “bias-awareness intervention tools” or spending millions to “remediate micro-aggressions and implicit biases.”
“The science diversity charade, as I discuss in my book, ‘The Diversity Delusion,’ wastes extraordinary amounts of time and money that could be going into basic research and its real-world application. If that were its only consequence, the cost would be high enough. But identity politics is altering the standards for scientific competence and the way future scientists are trained,” MacDonald explains.