As woke agenda spreads in STEM education, dissenters wary of speaking out…MIT, what say you??

By Adina Kutnicki

BACK in July 2022, the handwriting was already on the wall, in a manner of speaking — as per wokeism’s cancerous spread into the most renowned STEM university, MIT!

IT became an imperative to sound the alarm bells — despite being a long-standing supporter of MIT, and the personal disappointment involved. The calculus was: once STEM education (from the lower grades through university level) is no longer based on the free flow of inquiry, that is, stemmed (no pun intended) upon rigorous standards derived from scientific/technical/engineering/mathematical methods, well, what else is there left to say? Tragically, as the last bastion of non-PC education succumbs to the braying, woke mob, let’s not pussyfoot around: stick a fork in America!

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JUST THE NEWS | By Greg Piper | January 24, 2023

MIT’s disinvitation of geophysicist for opposing mandatory DEI statements casts ongoing pall over intellectual freedom on campus, new report says.

As science and math education increasingly yields ground to fringe progressive critiques of the disciplines, professors who stray from the new orthodoxy or simply object to the politicization of their fields are finding it harder to speak out.

This month’s Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, the self-proclaimed “largest mathematics gathering in the world,” invited Vanderbilt University’s Luis Antonio Leyva to share his research on “re-imagining” the “white, cisheteropatriarchal space” of undergraduate math education by deploying “structural disruptions that advance justice” for nonwhite queer and transgender STEM majors.

The presentation by the math education professor, who has a joint appointment in gender studies, sounds like “an over-the-top caricature, another Sokal hoax,” computer science professor Aryeh Kontorovich of Israel’s Ben-Gurion University told The College Fix, referring to physicist Alan Sokal’s 27-year-old gibberish paper in Social Text on quantum gravity as a “social and linguistic construct.”)

Leyva didn’t respond to a query about Kontorovich’s characterization of his presentation and has hidden his Twitter account since his presentation drew wider notice.

Leyva is far from original in assigning racial guilt to math, however.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness” by “perpetuat[ing] a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans,” University of Illinois math professor Rochelle Gutierrez wrote in a 2017 anthology for math educators, arguing that math teaching is inherently “political.”

Gutierrez shared her vision for “rehumanizing mathematics” at the 2018 Latinx in the Mathematical Sciences Conference, sponsored by the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation among others.

Proponents of subordinating math to trendy academic theories made an early target of University of California Davis math chair Abigail Thompson for publicly opposing mandatory diversity, equity and inclusion statements in hiring and promotion, though she survived the cancelation attempt.

They succeeded, however, in getting MIT to disinvite University of Chicago geophysicist Dorian Abbot from giving a prestigious lecture at the premier private university for STEM education in 2021, because of his unrelated opposition to mandatory DEI statements.

That incident continued to cast a pall over intellectual freedom at MIT a year later, when the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression surveyed about 200 faculty and 250 students. It released the full report last week.

A small majority of professors said they opposed Abbot’s disinvitation, while only one in six supported it. About six in 10 said the administration should defend a hypothetical professor who criticized campus DEI efforts against firing demands by students, with only 6% calling for an investigation and none calling for classroom removal, suspension or termination.

Six in 10 also oppose “any kind” of action or “formal disincentives” against faculty who refuse to take DEI trainings, while fewer believe resistant faculty should “lose opportunities at work” (12%), “be suspended until they comply” (7%) or “be fired” (1%).

But 38% of faculty believe the administration would not defend controversial speech, while 41% said it wasn’t clear whether the MIT administration protects free speech. 

Two in five faculty said they were more likely to censor themselves on campus since the start of 2020 — a year marked by new potential for outrage mobs driven by virtual classroom incidents, as well as George Floyd-driven racial activism — compared to 45% who said they were about as likely to self-censor.

Willingness to speak up was not helped by MIT’s working group on freedom of expression, commissioned in response to blowback over the Abbot disinvitation, whose final report last fall failed to “specify whether it will prioritize a commitment to diversity or to academic freedom,” according to FIRE.

For example, the 12-member working group said free speech proponents have “failed to make the case for open and uninhibited debate in terms that are informed by our nation’s history of racial subordination.”

Professor Ed Schiappa, one of the working group members, disputed how FIRE’s report characterized his comments at an MIT Free Speech Alliance event where he discussed the working group’s final report.

“I was not consulted about these quotations and paraphrases and, in fact, at the time of my meeting with MFSA I was told the briefing was only for MFSA,” Schiappa wrote in an email to Just the News.

“My words were definitely taken out of context and distorted,” he said, and he denies the working group was told to avoid revisiting Abbot’s disinvitation. The report confirms his experience that “FIRE is not interested in being nonpartisan,” Schiappa said.

FIRE told Just the News it had since corrected a few “discrepancies” from its “real-time notes” on Schiappa’s comments, but pointed to the Sept. 28 MFSA press release and tweet promoting the Zoom event to the public, as well as the full video from the event.

Schiappa posted a slide about 20 minutes into the event with the administration’s instructions to the working group. It read: “We were not asked to investigate or otherwise litigate the decision to cancel the Carlson [public] lecture,” which was repurposed as a closed event for MIT scientists.

The professor stated it another way during the event: “Part of our charge was not to revisit the decision about the Carlson lecture and so we did not. We did not investigate it, we did not try to litigate it,” though members met with each department head and were aware of the “fallout” from the disinvitation, which “inspired” some of the group’s recommendations.

Around 84 minutes in, MFSA President Charles Davis said the report “seemed caveated and hedged in certain places,” particularly consecutive recommendations that seem to cancel each other out on handling “contested matters of speech.” Schiappa responded that in order to achieve “100% buy-in on the entire report,” some parts are “a function of keeping certain people happy so that they let you be happy.”

“If the group cannot even stand up to its own members, how can it be expected to stand up to people on and off campus who demand the subordination of academic freedom?” FIRE’s report asks of the working group.

MIT faculty are also facing increasingly intolerant students, according to FIRE’s survey. Three-quarters support shouting down speakers or trying to prevent them from speaking, most (52%) support blocking students from attending such events, and a third support “using violence” for that end. FIRE said those answers are about 15 percentage points higher than from national student surveys.

The civil liberties group, which stuck to higher education for its first two decades, partly attributed the inhibition of faculty to the declining proportion of tenured spots at MIT. Its untenured faculty grew by 38% from 2006-2020, contrasted with 10% growth in tenure and tenure-track faculty over the same period.

MIT generally declines to comment on “the activity or assertions of advocacy groups outside of MIT,” spokesperson Kimberly Allen told Just the News.

She pointed to President-elect Sally Kornbluth’s Boston magazine interview last fall, where she said MIT must “foster a culture where freedom of speech is strongly supported.” Allen also cited “another conversation” where Kornbluth said universities must let people “open their minds to a wide range of ideas, understanding that attacking the idea is not the same thing as attacking the individual,” but did not answer further queries on the details of that conversation.

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ALAS, the radical thugs posing as admins and profs on this heretofore esteemed, rock-star campus have given the ‘kosher’ stamp of approval for all sorts of dumbing down, and worse. Rest assured, every other STEM campus will follow their lead (if they haven’t already), out of fear of mob rule, coupled with warnings to profs who dare to support free-thinking.

SO, the next time your kiddie/grandkid inquires as to the worth of shelling out a boat-load of cash/debt to attend the likes of America’s across-the-board cesspools — passing themselves off as higher education, no less — well, the templates within might be a prudent place to start the financial, and, quite possibly, life-altering discussion.

DEAR reader, additional food for thought: from someone who always valued higher education to the max, unless a volte face is forthwith, vocational training is looking better and better….saner and saner….wiser and wiser….

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MIT’s Descent Into Communist & Islamist Arms: A ‘Captured’ Campus & Its Tainted Press! Knock-On Effects. Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

MUCH has been written about the dangerous state of affairs at U.S. college campuses – overall, within the confines of western academia – and for more than good reason. Incontestably, it is not an exaggeration to state that ‘Bringing Down America’ via the reds/commies and greens/Islamists is key and core. Demonstrably.

IN fact, this site is rife with said evidentiary material and its essence can fill a book, perhaps even several. So much so, this author dedicated an entire chapter within “BANNED: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad” (September 2016) to its deleterious effects. More specifically, Chapter Three is entitled, “What Does The Obama Administration, The “Fourth Estate”, And Academia Have in Common?”  Well, know that its contents are mind-blowing. Numbing.

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EVEN so, it is always efficacious to flesh out related proofs of the charges at hand. Due diligence. Highlights. 

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IN this regard, there is little which surpasses the ‘shock factor’ at this end, but some nightmarish descents are worse than others – and this is one of those times! In other words, the following will, one way or another, eventually place the nail in MIT’s pristine reputation (other than with communists and Islamists who will surely feel empowered), albeit its world-class engineering/tech/scientific prowess will not be diminished. Nevertheless, no doubt, its halo will be tarnished, as it should be. After all, one cannot lie down with rabid dogs and expect to wake up without getting bitten. 

NOT only that, their indoctrination is aiming at the ‘kiddie-set’, those who are barely out of diapers and heading into nursery school and beyond! Can you believe it? You better.

With the election of Donald Trump many Americans breathed a sigh of relief and for good reason in that Trump is nothing if not a supreme Capitalist & free market aficionado, of the first order.

However, after years of Obama and his Socialist-Democrat followers planting the seeds of discontent, across a wide swath of the US civil society, the battle for America and the survival of the free world is nowhere near to being won, at least not as of yet.

The latest evidence comes to us from the “Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press” that has just published a book titled “Communism for Kids” which seeks to indoctrinate America’s youth into a system of governance that has killed over 100 million people in the 20th century.

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“MIT Press is out with a new book that teaches children the tenets of Karl Marx with fairy tales. Communism for Kids, written by a German author who specializes in political theory and “queer politics,” was released last month. The thesis of the children’s book is that communism is “not that hard,” but has not been implemented in the right way.”Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism.

How could their dreams come true?” a plot synopsis for the book reads.

“This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism.” The book is full of cartoon drawings of “lovable little revolutionaries” that help navigate kids through the “evils” of capitalism….continue reading….

IN no uncertain terms, the once venerable MIT cannot decouple the campus from its own imprint, The MIT Press, regardless of any ensuing backlash and claims of oceans separating this and that author from its physical locale, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hogwash. For all practical purposes, both are less than three degrees apart, let alone six.

GRRR!

MOST acutely, it is a tragedy of enormous proportions and of our times that ‘The Institute’ – a campus where the ‘best of the best’ and the ‘brightest of the brightest’ dream of attending – will forever be tarnished as an ideological recruiting ground, that which is forever wedded to indoctrinating communist (and Islamic) foot soldiers! 

BUT to be fair, some of us saw this coming and attempted to emit clarion calls of varying decibels. As always, we were (and still are) relegated to kooks and hysterical types – and that is a polite way to describe it. And just for the internet record, Noam Chomsky, a comrade of ‘virtue’ held in the highest esteem at MIT (from its linguistics department), recently intoned (yes, agreed, the RINO’s leave a lot to be desired): 

Mr. Chomsky – a world-famous and influential linguist, philosopher, and anarchist – is known for his attacks on capitalism, ‘American imperialism’, and the Vietnam War.

Hosted by the BBC, the academic and author was invited to argue that President Donald Trump’s administration is more of a threat to humanity than Islamic State and North Korea on prime time UK television.

“Is [Islamic State] dedicated to destroying the prospects for organised human existence?” he asked, defending claims in his book that the Republicans are “the most dangerous organisation on earth”.

The U.S. under the Republicans “is not only… not doing anything about climate change, but we’re trying to accelerate the race to the precipice”, he added.

“Trump’s only ideology is ‘me’, its not Hitler or Mussolini, but deeply authoritarian and very dangerous,” Mr. Chomsky concluded later, after claiming the U.S.’s attitude to climate change was unique, and uniquely dangerous…..

STILL yet, and at its most base level, injecting political biases into campus quads has become the ‘norm.’ That is, to an exponential degree, free-thinkers are punished, thus, freedom of speech requires protection from speech-minders who control our children and their ability to think, let alone critically. Beyond tragic. More than Orwellian too.

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A free speech bill backed by state Republican lawmakers in Tennessee became law there this week. It is separate legislation from what was previously dubbed the “Milo bill,” after fallen Breitbart star Milo Yiannopoulos, whose February appearance at the University of California at Berkeley sparked violent protests from non-students. The news law says that it “is not the proper role of an institution to attempt to shield individuals from free speech, including ideas and opinions they find offensive, unwise, immoral, indecent, disagreeable, conservative, liberal, traditional, radical or wrong-headed.”

Tennessee lawmakers regularly oppose the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s annual Sex Week and earlier this academic year opposed a guide from the university’s diversity office encouraging the use of gender-neutral pronouns for students who request them. But Anthony Haynes, vice president for government relations and advocacy for the University of Tennessee System, praised the new law and said it had been drafted by with the input and support of colleges and universitites. “The campus free-speech act that just passed in Tennessee clarifies and protects free speech on college campuses as provided by the First Amendment, but it appears to be the first state law in the country to protect academic freedom in the classroom,” he said in a statement. “It was a fresh perspective developed independently as a Tennessee solution to a growing national debate and concern.”

Similar bills have proved controversial in other states this year over concerns that they go too far in demanding certain administrative responses to free-speech flaps. Tennessee’s new law requires that institutions adopt policies consistent with the University of Chicago’s statement on free expression, prohibit “free speech zones” that confine protests and other forms of expression to certain areas on campus, and define student-on-student harassment by a legal standard described as so “severe, pervasive and objectively offensive” that it limits one party’s access to education. It also bans institutions from revoking invitations to speakers, prohibits the denial of student fees to student organization based on their views, and protects faculty members from being punished for classroom speech that is germane to the subject matter, according to an analysis by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

AND any non-commie/anti-totalitarian westerner who believes this issue has nothing to do with them, well, think again. Consequentially and conclusively, since MIT’s (and its highly valued ilk) ‘teaching’ is tainted by indoctrination and political biases, just imagine what the future leaders of America – the west – will be like. Realistically speaking, if an out-sized portion do not hail from the likes of MIT, where else will they be plucked from? Besides, now that said bastion of bastions atop the intellectual heap took the commie plunge – by giving its self-named Press the ‘kosher’ stamp of approval to distribute “Communism For Kids” – how soon will the rest of the braying (academic) pack follow suit with their own commie-centric imprints and marching orders? 

SHIVERING TIMBERS!!

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AMERICAN TAXPAYERS FUND TERRORISM/ANTI-SEMITISM THROUGH THE “ARTS”!ACADEMIA IN THE FRAY…Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

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Those who advance terrorism and anti-Semitic agendas, prop up others who do so, or lend them cover, are the scum of the earth. There is no tap dancing around this issue. Everything which aids in their exposure will be done at this site, threats be damned. In fact, those who continue to threaten this and that know that their bullying tactics fall on deaf ears. To wit, an Iranian stalker has been bombarding this American-Israeli with messages, most recently sending along this “lovely” link. Yet, the following is of a “milder” bent, and the rest are in professional hands…let’s leave it at that – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1498058023743373&set=vb.100006175680852&type=2&theater

Really now?

In effect, it matters not a whit from whichever direction they lob their verbal grenades; Islamist-driven; garden variety anti-Semites or self-hating Jews. As a first order of record, let’s deal with the most grating level of this site’s (s)hit list.

It goes without saying, at least it should, that veritable anti-Semites always aim to destroy Israel, the one and only Jewish homeland. Vile vermin. All the while they have the utter audacity, the temerity, to protest and claim they are not anti-Semitic! Credo quia absurdum. At the same time, these miscreants generally have a very high tolerance and threshold for jihadi terror groups. One hatred naturally feeds into the other.

CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender and Imam Muhammad Harisuddin at MACE banquet – (one of) this site’s Judenrat’s, “koshering” CAIR, the Brotherhood’s American propaganda arm!

ADDING insult to grave injury, taxpayers are unwittingly/unwillingly footing the bill to the above vile behavior, so much so that a separate line item in one’s U.S. 1040 might as well read: “material support for anti-Semitism/Islamic terror”, like it or not! And as a U.S. tax filer too, being a dual citizen, the thought of it elicits much rage. In fact, a whole supplementary schedule may be in order, and it is not as if this blogger doesn’t understand how the IRS works. From the inside out.

In this regard, what’s going on – once again – to fuel this type of commentary? More than meets the eye, but first things first.

Let us meander to recent “news”, bespeaking the “unity” agreement between Abbas’s (Arafat’s) PA/Fatah terror junta and the Brotherhood Mafia’s Hamas terror spawn…two sides of the same organ, regardless of this or that charade of a “peace” process.

Now, being that terror organs, by nature, are incapable of sustaining their own citizens with basic services, there are always international Jew-haters willing to step in, including Washington’s poohbahs. And even though Hamas is designated as a terror org by U.S. law, as well as throughout the western world, the Islamist-in-Chief is Allah-bent on “working” with this new “entity’.

In effect, U.S. taxpayers will now be supporting Abbas’s PA/Fatah, as well as the Brotherhood’s Hamas! As mentioned, like it or not. 

It is depressingly easy to imagine the State Department spokesperson making the same argument about “the Lebanese model” at her next press conference. But the difference is this: Lebanon is a sovereign state that would exist regardless of American support. The Palestinian Authority is an entity created by the United States, and it cannot exist without massive U.S. financial, political, military, and diplomatic support. Rather than finding ways around American law, the Obama Administration should be looking for ways to snap Abbas’ spine. If Kerry’s assiduous and careless peace processing was evidence of the administration’s incompetence, the decision to work with Hamas is evidence of the White House’s cravenness. The bill for this moral rot will be paid by Israelis—and by American taxpayers who will now be directly covering the salaries of thousands of card-carrying members of a terrorist organization. It’s not just Obama who will be crossing a red line by funding Hamas—he’s dragging the rest of us along with him into a political and moral swamp, in which America will combat terrorism with one hand, while paying for terror with the other.

It gets worse. Being a native New Yorker the following lit another fire, but was hardly unexpected. After all, New York City is – once again – in the grip of a radical leftist, Marxist/communist-loving Mayor, one who is surely all atwitter over taxpayer’s funding jihadi terror! In fact, the PLO/PA/Fatah are “pets” of Comrade Bill DeBlasio.

The fact of the matter is that the New York Council of Arts (and related entities) is directly funding anti-semitism and jihadi glorification. Plain and simple. 
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Should New York Taxpayers Fund Pro-Terrorism and Anti-Semitism At the Metropolitan Opera?

There is some understandable outrage about the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to stage The Death of Klinghoffer.

Some rightly fear that between this and the American Studies Association resolution, European style anti-Semitism thinly disguised as anti-Zionism is being pipelined into the United States.

As alluded to above, the opera is based on the 1985 murder of a helpless 69-year-old American Jewish man, Leon Klinghoffer, confined to a wheelchair—shot in the head while vacationing with his wife on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea. He was murdered by Palestinian Arab hijackers belonging to the Palestine Liberation Front, a component of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization, and his body dumped into the water…

The opera opens with these words sung by the Chorus of Exiled Palestinians: “My father’s house was razed—In nineteen forty-eight—When the Israelis passed—Over our street.”

So we already know where this is going.

Hijacker Rambo invokes anti-Semitic canards: “Wherever poor men—Are gathered they can—Find Jews getting fat”

Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters were outraged and disgusted by the production.

We are outraged at the exploitation of our parents and the coldblooded murder of our father as the centrepiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic…

Even the New York Times ran an essay after September 11 indicting the theatrical production for its bigotry.

The Death of Klinghoffer is a production that only a Goebbels could love.

And what’s striking is how much it stands out in the Met’s season. The tawdry piece of pomo bigotry is sandwiched between the work of Verdi, Mozart, Offenbach, Bizet, Rossini, Puccini and Wagner. It’s completely out of place and out of time.

The Metropolitan Opera has been having serious financial problems. Its programs regularly mention support from public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Its website mentions help from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Arts website shows six figure funding going to the Metropolitan Opera every year under General Opera Support. There are also other grants. That means that when a terrorist screams about the Jews on stage, he’ll be doing it with funding from New York taxpayers.

Maybe it’s time to put a stop to that.

If the Met wants to promote the murder of 9 percent of the population of New York City, New Yorkers shouldn’t have to pay for it.

That means eliminating all city and state funding for the Metropolitan Opera. The most obvious place to start is by killing the annual six-figure New York State Council on the Arts giveaway.

It’s something that a New York State Senator or Assemblyman can do.

At the Federal level, the Met receives funding from a variety of agencies, including $1 million from the State Department and from the usual suspects such as the Department of Education.

But it is not as if funding “Palestinian” “art” is anything new. Not at all. Most disturbingly, academia is in the forefront of glorifying anti-Semitic, pro-terror diatribes and student funds are (ab)used for the heinous deed!

Consider the case of MIT‘s Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody, as he subjected young college students to his thinly masked political agenda. But never mind, some weren’t fooled, including a nearest and dearest.

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When History Becomes Hijacked

This past week, I attended the Dramashop’s performance of “The Company of Angels,” written by MIT Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody. As I thumbed through the Playbill, I came upon the end of the “Author’s Note,” a short message from Alan Brody in which he informs the audience that the modern state of Israel was the focal point of hope for the Holocaust survivors, but warns us that we shouldn’t misconstrue his play as “an apologia for political decisions being made by that country today.” He then continues to say that he hopes “the play is a reminder of what it means for any people to be homeless and stateless.” If his political agenda were not clear enough already, he concludes that he hopes his play “might help the people who see it to understand how important a home is to the Palestinians who have been driven to their experience of despair by historical circumstance.”

The moral implications of that statement are disturbing enough, of placing the onus on the Israeli people for the suffering of the Palestinians with the same moral weight as the unbearable burden of shame which lay upon the shoulders of the world community of silent bystanders after the Holocaust.

I also realize that it probably would not prove fruitful to begin a discourse on the utter fallacy of equating Israel’s policies of self-defense to the murderous genocide committed by the Nazis, an implication of Professor Brody’s statements clear to anyone who has studied the politics of the Middle East in the last decade.

Most significantly though for the readers of The Tech, I believe that it is an academic tragedy for a faculty member of Professor Brody’s stature to inject his own political tendencies into his work at the Institute. He was hired to contribute to the student body his great skill and talent in the world of theater, not for his personal ideologies which may constitute his world view. It is truly an inexcusable affront to those who survived the Holocaust and to the memories of the six million who perished, and a black mark on the proverbial eye of the Faculty of the Arts at MIT.

Chaim Kutnicki ’07

Anti-Semitism, an incurable sickness, wherever it takes root!