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  • UW2By: Hillary Cherry

    Youth unemployment remains high, and the Youth Misery Index continues to increase. How does the University of Washington address this problem? By adding a diversity course to their list of prerequisites. 

    Starting in the fall of 2013, University of Washington students cannot graduate until completing a course in "diversity." Students will now have less time to focus on their selected area of study while receiving their required dose of leftist indoctrination.

    The school states, "The requirement is meant to help the student develop an understanding of the complexities of living in increasingly diverse and interconnected societies."

    Will these so-called "diversity" courses include all ideas and perspectives? An article from the Daily UW notes, "Diversity courses will focus on at least one constructed identity and aim to address aspects of prejudice and inequality in contemporary society."

    The diversity coursework is said to embrace "sociocultural, political and economic diversity at local, regional, and global scales." Students will now be required to take classes on "constructed identities" and questions of "oppression" from a very particular and subjective perspective. None of which will help students find jobs to pay off their record-high college loans.

    Sheila Edwards Lange, vice president of the "Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity," stated, "I think that we're finally going to be able to provide the learning that our students need for this century and the future and beyond."

    What kind of learning does the University of Washington think its students need for this "century and the future and beyond?" Not practical economics or business knowledge, but "courses that emphasize constructed identity such as gender, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, religion, and age intending to tackle prejudice and inequality in contemporary society."

    A few diversity courses already offered at UW include "Lesbian Lives and Culture", "Gay and Lesbian Studies", "Feminism, Racism, and Anti-Racism", and "Women and the City." The course "Women, Words, Music, and Change" sounds like it was create by President Obama himself. Where is intellectual diversity in this line up?

    According to a survey launched by Young American's Foundation and conducted by the polling company, inc., the majority of students believe jobs and the economy are the most important issues of today-not diversity.  

    Whether or not students take courses to increase proficiency in mathematics, U.S. history, or Western civilization depends upon their specific major. However, every student attending UW will be forced to take a prerequisite for politically correct propaganda.

    Instead of adding course requirements, universities should be making courses and programs more applicable to the current job market and prepare students for the real world. College tuition continues to increase along with the number of years it takes to obtain a bachelors degree. Degrees that should take students four years to complete are now commanding more time. On top of that, many students have difficulty finding jobs to pay off their enormous amount of debt.

    By adding this useless requirement to all three UW campuses, the university will acquire more time and money from their students. This requirement is just another class that aims to ensure each student receives more leftist teaching, yet it does little to prepare students for their future career. 

    Hillary Cherry is the Program Officer of Public Relations and a recent graduate of Purdue University. 


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