People’s Republic of California keeps going, somehow

Professors seeking tenure will have to show that they’ve toiled in the fields of the Marxists.

Another wacky idea from California: forcing teachers in the state university system to provide some form of social service as a condition of achieving tenure. Assembly Bill 2132, which passed in the legislature and is now awaiting  Governor Jerry Brown’s signature, “encourages” the independent University of California to include a demonstration of “service” in its evaluations for the hiring, promotion and granting of tenure to teachers.

Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee writes that “The specifics of Assembly Bill 2132 appear to give great weight to political or at least semi-political activities favored by those on the political left. They include, in the words of a legislative bill analysis, ‘developing programs for underserved populations’ and ‘outreach programs developed to promote cultural diversity in the student body.'” Walters wonders whether researchers working on a cure for breast cancer will be pushed to spend time on service that pleases the legislature.

Add this to the long list of attempts to politicize higher education, from the recent move at UCLA to approve advocacy in classrooms to the battles in teachers’ colleges to require students to display the proper “disposition” (i.e., political principles of the left) before graduating. Anything but actual education.

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  1. Al Dente

    I will toil in the fields of wheat and potatoes to produce Politburo Vodka, comrade! Or maybe Nancy Pelosi’s vineyards, does that count?

  2. Walt

    Dude –
    Now what exactly is up with this stuff?
    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/confidential/peter-brant-ii-shows-a-style-making-a-girl-fashion-week-party-article-1.1154621

    I really don’t get it. You are blessed with being born through one of the worlds most perfect love tunnels, and you wind up gay? You nursed on love puppets that men would kill for, and you reject that when you sprout pubes? Your father looks like BUDDY FRIGGING HACKETT and that attracts you? Talk about kicking a gift horse in the mouth, am I right?

    How are you a foal of Steph and not totally heterosexual? You think it’s an Odipu…and Odapu.. an Octopus Complex? I am not sure what it is, but it is fucked up. These two little faggots have money, a smoking hot Mom, and a Dad who likes penis art. They should be banging all the hot trim in Greenwich.

    But what do they do? LOOK FOR PURSES!! I wish them no ill will, and I hope they are happy on their pursuit of man love. But talk about a missed opportunity for hair pie heaven, and these kids have blown it.

    Kids today!!
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  3. AJ

    More of the same — it’s all bullshit.

    Friday’s payroll jobs report says that 96,000 new jobs were created in August and that the unemployment rate (U.3) fell from 8.3% to 8.1%. As 96,000 new jobs are not enough to keep up with population growth, the decline in the U.3 unemployment rate was caused by 368,000 discouraged job seekers giving up on finding employment and dropping out of the work force as measured by U.3. Discouraged workers are not included in the U.3 measure of unemployment, which makes the measure useless. The only purpose of U.3 is to keep bad news out of the news. the U.3 unemployment rate only measures those who have not been discouraged by the inability to find a job and are still actively seeking employment….

    …When the long-term (more than one year) discouraged workers are included, the US unemployment rate is about 22%. In other words, the real US rate of unemployment is almost three times higher than the reported–headline rate–of 8.1%.

    What is the purpose of reporting an unemployment rate that is about one-third the real unemployment rate? The only answer is deception through Happy News.

    Let’s have a look at those 96,000 jobs. What kind of high-tech, high-income super jobs is “the world’s only superpower, the indispensable nation, the world’s greatest economy and capitalist heaven” creating? The answer is lowly paid third world jobs, which is why there is not and cannot be an economic recovery. All the good jobs have been moved offshore in order to maximize the incomes of the rich….

    More: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/09/08/spinning-bad-financial-news-into-good-paul-craig-roberts/