INTERESTING: “Unwritten Rules”! What are they?


“Unassailable Ideas: How Unwritten Rules and Social Media Shape Discourse in American Higher Education”
Profs. Ilana Redstone and John Villasenor are guest-blogging this week about their new book.

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Redstone and Villasenor further identify and explain how three well-intentioned unwritten rules regarding identity define the current campus climate. They present myriad case studies illustrating the resulting impact on education, knowledge creation-and, increasingly the world beyond campus. They also provide a set of recommendations to build a new campus climate that would be more tolerant toward diverse perspectives and open inquiry.

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“multiculturalism, discrimination, and identity”

Isn’t “multiculturalism” merely a Gooferment fiction?  When I grew up I was “watched” by a variety of “family” members (i.e., neighbors) who were Irish, Italian, Jewish, Puerto Rican, and Black.  By Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Atheists, and Pagans.  By old and young.  And it just seemed normal.  Neighbors looking out for neighbors. “I know who you are and I know your Mother” were a frequent refrain. 

Isn’t discrimination an important skill?  One must discriminate between good and evil people.  Between things that are toxic and not.  Of course, we learned that “you can’t judge a book by its cover” applied to everyone and everything.

Isn’t “identity” another tool that Gooferment, politicians, and bureaucrats use to divide humanity into factions that they can pit against one another.  Life is NOT a zero sum game.  Don’t argue about dividing a fixed pie when together we can make the pie bigger.

Can’t wait to read this book and see if we align.