One look at the case materials, blog entries, and media coverage on FIRE's site is more than enough to convince any student to steer clear of the University of Delaware, no matter what the current promises and reforms might be. If ever there was a school that needed the L. Neil Smith Prescription for Public Education, the University of Delaware is it.
Prescription for Public Education
by L. Neil Smith
Shut them all down. Shut them down now. Drive the parasitic drones from their classrooms and hallways and into the streets with bullwhips, torches, and fire hoses. Let them sell pencils from a tin cup. Raze the buildings to the ground so that not one stone is left standing on another. And sow salt on the ruins.
Please Report to Your Resident Assistant to Discuss Your Sexual Identity—It's Mandatory! Thought Reform at the University of Delaware
by Adam Kissel
A female freshman arrives for her mandatory one-on-one session in her male RA's dorm room. It is 8:00 p.m. Classes have been in session for about a week. The resident assistant hands her a questionnaire. He tells her it is "a little questionnaire to help [you] and all the other residents relate to the curriculum." He adds that they will "go through every question together and discuss them." He later reports that she "looked a little uncomfortable."
"When did you discover your sexual identity?" the questionnaire asks.
"That is none of your damn business," she writes.
"When was a time you felt oppressed?"
"I am oppressed every day [because of my] feelings for the opera. Regularly [people] throw stones at me and jeer me with cruel names.... Unbearable adversity. But I will overcome, hear me, you rock loving majority."
She is not playing along like the other students, and the RA confronts her using his "confrontation training," but it isn't working. He becomes so appalled by her resistance that he writes up an incident report and reports her to his superiors. After all, this is the University of Delaware, and the school has a zero-tolerance policy for anything remotely resembling "hate speech."
This one-on-one session was not meant to be a punishment, some kind of mandatory sensitivity training for a recalcitrant student who had committed an infraction. It was mandatory training for all 7,000-odd students in the University of Delaware dorms. The sessions were part of a thorough thought-reform curriculum, designed by the school's Office of Residence Life, to psychologically "treat" and correct the allegedly incorrect thoughts, attitudes, values, beliefs, and habits of the students. The ResLife staff considered students too intolerant of one another, too "consumerist," and in dire need of reeducation to become responsible world citizens who could meet the planet's environmental crisis and the requirements of social and economic "justice."
Adam Kissel, Director, Individual Rights Defense Program, FIRE: 215-717-3473, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Harker, President, University of Delaware: 302-831-2111, email@example.com