UC Irvine Considers Curriculum Change to Help Students Cope With ‘White Supremacist’ President

November 18, 2016


No one would call the University of California at Irvine a conservative school. In fact, few would likely even deem it “moderate.” Still, it is regarded as a strong school academically, with a high ranking from U.S. News and World Report, and for the most part, the school is able to keep its politics from influencing the quality of education it offers. However, its reaction to Donald Trump’s election shows that this might be changing, allowing politics to influence the content of even basic writing courses.

Despite naming a UC Irvine economist one of his advisers during the campaign, Trump is largely unpopular with students and faculty. After the results came in, students at Irvine, like their compatriots at campuses across the country, responded emotionally. On the night of the election, some 300 started a Dump Trump protest march ending with an open mic and speakers. Another group sponsored a “group cry meet and greet” at the school’s Langson Library, asking people to invite their friends and to “Bring all your bernie shirts ;( (sic).” That event was later disrupted by unrelated reports of fire and moved outside.

While dissatisfaction with the results is not entirely surprising, what is more concerning is that instructors are discussing means of changing course content because of Trump’s win. On Wednesday, instructors from the university’s composition department met to discuss ways to shift course curricula to help prepare students for life under Trump.

In an email sent earlier this week and shared with InsideSources, a course administrator asked graduate teaching assistants for the writing courses to gather for a meeting “wherein we could discuss ways to use the various composition curricula to help prepare our students for life under an avowed white supremacist presidential administration.”

To help start discussion, the administrator proposed “presenting the following ‘Trump Syllabus’ at the meeting, and we can go from there.” (The Trump syllabus is a mock syllabus of books and readings assembled by historians N. D. B. Connolly and Keisha N. Blain as an example of a course that would “address the critical subjects of racism, sexism, and xenophobia on which Trump has built his candidacy.“)

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

    Save the Trees and just reissue the LAW and JUSTICE curriculum for Trump instead of the last decades ‘social justice’ platforms.

  • Tiger says:

    Oh so all these little White students didn’t have a curriculum to help them with the Black Supremacist President? Where are the parents?

  • Karll says:

    The left prides itself on its “tolerance”.

  • rightsright says:

    White Supremacist President? Correction: an all inclusive President despite the fact that he is white, is a proven fact. What a reach to try and destroy Trump when the stark comparison is Barack Obama! I won’t even mention one of the thousands of anti-American, anti Black, anti White, anti poor, anti Christianity, anti peace, anti elderly, anti unity, anti job creation, anti conservative debt control, anti Israel, anti family, anti military, anti U.S. security and anti speech, ACTIONS AND WORDS INITIATED BY BARACK OBAMA. If you do a smidgen of research you will refer to President Elect Donald Trump in a respectful, hopeful tone and give him the title he deserves. Donald J. Trump, President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America.

    1. Bobbi says:

      You are so right on, rightsright….. People need to read and reread your comment… This country has been taken over by anti American people, by teachers of these colleges.. I wish they would close them down and only have trade schools and vocational schools.. What the hell are they teaching in these colleges? Anti American crap.. The students are taught not to think for themselves, but to think like the Communist teachers.. Parents that are wasting their money….. Tell them ya’ll…………..

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