FIRE to the rescue

December 1, 2005

Naturally, NCATE denies any sinister intentions. But, as Leo observes, educational schools—already “a liberal monoculture”—are using dispositions theory “to require support for diversity and a culturally left agenda, including opposition to what the schools sometimes call ‘institutional racism, classism and heterosexism.’” Leo provides several examples, including the case of Edward Swan, a forty-two-year-old student at Washington State University’s college of education. The college threatened to terminate Swan after he had failed four “professional disposition evaluations.” The problem? Swan has the temerity to be a) traditionally religious and b) conservative. He actually went so far as to express conservative opinions in class. According to Leo, he even let slip that he opposes affirmative action and doesn’t believe homosexuals should adopt children. The last straw came when a teacher espied the statement “diversity is perversity” scribbled in Swan’s copy of a textbook...

Schools: Washington State University Cases: Washington State University: Use of Dispositions Theory to Enforce Ideological Orthodoxy