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P + C = 4

by David Sims

IN TOTALITARIAN systems of government, there’s always a push to remove wrong-think from all of a nation’s institutions, particularly in education. In Hitler’s Germany, it was called Gleichschaltung. But the Communists practiced it, too, and far more bloodily.

Here in America, you seldom (if ever) find persons on the political right calling for censorship or for ideologically discriminatory hiring practices. It’s the left which does these things.

The administration of Texas State University recently announced its intention to hire two new professors who are “committed to social justice” (i.e., are politically correct with leftist political views) to teach mathematics.

Do you understand what that must mean? It means that the primary hiring requirement isn’t that the teacher has expert knowledge of math. It means that the teacher must have distinguished himself somehow as a “social justice warrior.” Perhaps by participating in a riot as a violent leftist agitator. Perhaps by vandalism. Perhaps by terrorism. As long as it was done on behalf of the political left, it’s not only okay, in this case it seems to be required.

When you study differential equations, you learn why you can’t optimize for two different variables at the same time.

For example, there is no “greatest good for the greatest number.” No matter how you arrange the rewards of society, you may do very well for some, but the rest will have to get along somehow with less. That’s how the political right would organize society. As an ideal, the right would allocate resources to those who can be most productive with the use of them. In practice, this isn’t as efficiently done as it might be.

Or you may supply a very cut-rate set of circumstances for all. That’s how the political left claims it want to organize society; however, they are lying — as can be demonstrated by reference to any Marxist-dominated country that has ever existed, from the Soviet Union, to China, to Cuba, and so on.

But I digress. The point is that an applicant for one of those new math professor positions at Texas State University will find a past of Antifa-style radicalism more conducive to his chance of being hired than any competence he might have in teaching math.

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Texas State University Looking to Hire Math Education Professors Committed to ‘Social Justice’

There are a few classes where one’s politics really are irrelevant. Despite Leftist claims that everything is subjective, there are a few places where that just can’t be true. Subjectivity may change someone’s outlook on history, for example, but it doesn’t do anything about changing the fact that 2+2=4.

But that’s not stopping Texas State University.

From Campus Reform:

Texas State University is hoping to hire two Math Education professors with a demonstrated and longstanding commitment to “social justice.”

According to the job postings on Inside Higher Ed, the two new professors must not only share TSU’s commitment to “education equity” and “social justice,” but should preferably also have a demonstrated record of engagement or academic research on the issue.

The openings are for both tenured or tenure-track positions at the “ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor,” with different levels of social-justice expertise preferred at each level.

Among the preferred qualifications for the Assistant Professor rank is a “demonstrated knowledge and engagement” with issues including “social justice, equity, access, and multilingual learning,” while the Associate and Full Professor ranks prefer “evidence of research and practices” on such topics.

Multilingual learning makes some sense, because schools do have a number of students who don’t fully grasp English. The rest?

Absolute crap.

When you’re looking for someone to teach people how to teach math, the last thing that matters are their opinions on White privilege or feminism, for crying out loud. What matters is whether they can impart knowledge that will enable their students to go forth into the world and teach children how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Maybe a bit of algebra in there, too.

That’s it. That’s all that should matter.

But no, we can’t have that. We must make sure that these teachers are also fully indoctrinated into the cult of social justice, so they can indoctrinate others on down the line.

Just remember, Texas residents, that your tax dollars are paying for this. Texas State University is a public university.

Don’t feel too bad, though. The rest of us are paying for this too, since our own tax dollars are heading to the same school thanks to Pell Grants and federally back student loans. Yay.

One of these days, people will look back at these times and mock the colleges and their adherence to Marxist ideology masquerading as fairness. I just hope I’m still alive to see it.

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Source: Author and PJ Media

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