Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


University in Michigan drops math while requiring four diversity courses

The coming dark age: Wayne State University in Michigan has dropped its requirement that students complete a single math course while requiring students to complete four courses promoting diversity.

In the eyes of the school, mathematics is apparently no longer an essential expertise. But if faculty have their way, the school will soon recognize an appreciation for diversity as an extremely essential expertise. As was first noted by The College Fix, the committee handling WSU’s general education reform has recommended a new framework that, if adopted, would place an extremely strong emphasis on diversity-related courses. Under the framework, the school would create a series of new diversity-themed courses, and all students would have to take at least one.

In addition, students will have to take three “signature” classes, two designed for freshmen and one that will serve as a “capstone” class for upperclassmen. These “signature” classes will be designed to engage with modern-day issues such as “culture, sustainability, health, ethics, and urban development and renewal.” In recognition of the importance of diversity, all signature classes will be required to achieve a diversity-related goal such as “intercultural knowledge and competence” or “global learning.”

The framework justifies the heavy focus on diversity because “diversity is central to the nature of WSU, i.e., ‘Distinctively Wayne State.’”

As far as I can tell, these diversity courses are nothing more than leftwing political propaganda exercises, designed to brainwash students to the Marxist ideology. That will really do the students, and our society, a lot of good in future years. Just ask the people who lived in the Soviet Union.

Note also that Wayne State is a public institution receiving tax money. I wonder if the state legislature, controlled by Republicans, will have anything to say about this.

Readers!
 

Please consider donating to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar below. Your support will allow me to continue covering science and culture as I have for the past twenty years, independent and free from any outside influence.


Your support is even more essential to me because I keep this site free from advertisements and do not participate in corrupt social media companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook. I depend wholly on the direct support of my readers.


You can provide that support to Behind The Black with a contribution via Patreon or PayPal. To use Patreon, go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation. For PayPal click one of the following buttons:
 


 

Or with a subscription with regular donations from your Paypal or credit card account:


 

If Patreon or Paypal don't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to
 

Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

7 comments

  • LocalFluff

    And “diversity” is orwellian language for total intolerans and monotomy of thought, islam.
    Islam is the only arabic cultural heritage. Muhammed was born in the arabic stone age only a few decades after arabic became a written language, and his prescription of how slaves are to be kept (like cattle, the way the desert nomads lived with their camels) hasn’t changed the slightest since then. Arabic countries have no science, no industry, no freedom, no culture actually. The reason they are so extremely bloodthursty, the arabs is the only region in the world which is at war today, is that life was short and dangerous in the stone age. And they have not changed a single bit since then. Human life is still worthless to them. And this is now the official ideal for the Western world! There is nothing to respect about islam, it is a total failure and a disgrace for humanity.

  • wayne

    Wayne State is the 3rd largest State University in Michigan.
    Unlike most States, Michigan Universities are governed by an independent “Board of Governors.”
    Control of Wayne State, for example, consists of 8 state-wide elected Board members, serving 8 year terms. They choose the College President & control the University budget.
    This is why it’s imperative to elect Conservative Republicans & Libertarians to each University Board, in Michigan, at every opportunity.
    The State legislature only makes broad appropriations, the Board is where the power is located.

  • wayne

    These are the people responsible for Wayne State University;
    http://bog.wayne.edu/members/

    Downside to these Boards, is they can create a lot of havoc. 8-year terms, although the Governor can appoint temporary members to fill vacancies & finish out Terms.

    >Upside is they are State-wide elected positions & can be gotten-at via the ballot.

    (Similar situation exists at U. of M. & M.S.U. as far as governance & whacky social-engineering projects.)

    Libertarian’s & Conservative’s regularly run candidates for these obscure albeit important office’s

  • wodun

    As far as I can tell, these diversity courses are nothing more than leftwing political propaganda exercises

    Yup, and all of these colleges explicitly state in their job postings that applicants must following this ideology. Government jobs do too.

  • Edward

    I certainly hope this diversity will finally include old dead white men. They have been tarnished and belittled, these past many years. (Isn’t it funny how diversity always seems to leave out certain people/cultures?)

    Meanwhile, mathematical illiteracy contributes to the ignorant being unable to figure out that computer models that don’t accurately predict future temperatures are useless and are not to be trusted for public policy decision making.

    It is truly terrible when your college graduates ignoramuses.

  • D K Rögnvald Williams

    Math is a general education requirement. Not sure how their regional accreditation agency will view dropping it from the curriculum.

  • PeterF

    In the immortal words of some airhead in some stupid movie; Math is HARD!

Readers: the rules for commenting!

 

No registration is required. I welcome all opinions, even those that strongly criticize my commentary.

 

However, name-calling and obscenities will not be tolerated. First time offenders who are new to the site will be warned. Second time offenders or first time offenders who have been here awhile will be suspended for a week. After that, I will ban you. Period.

 

Note also that first time commenters as well as any comment with more than one link will be placed in moderation for my approval. Be patient, I will get to it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *