Human trafficking is deplorable and rampant. Unfortunately, it is not well understood. Passive observers argue that the number of trafficking victims is “inflated” and “incalculable” due to its clandestine nature.Cheap shots: Even one gut college course is too many. Even one corrupt football coach is too many. Even one underemployed Ph.D. is too many. Even one pizza cut into little squares is too many.
My rebuttal is simply this: “Even ONE slave is too many!”
Getting serious: can a gut college course reduce human trafficking?
Ohio State University is proud to offer a new course, Human Trafficking, to provide Coursera learners an opportunity to become more informed and engaged agents of desperately needed change.OK, so there are still people who sell other people into slavery. On television, Chicago Fire, Law and Order SVU, and Chicago P.D. took down a kiddie pr0n ring masterminded by a welfare case-worker. Viewers got the message -- human trafficking exists, even in the bluest of blue cities -- without the preaching. Or the wishful thinking.
Human Trafficking is a free, four-week, intensive course that examines domestic and global trafficking from both a conventional and social-work perspective. The purpose of the course is to offer and share information, and to engage in candid, thoughtful discussions related to trafficking between thousands of enrollees worldwide. The assessments are designed to test your knowledge related to the issues, and provide an opportunity to create and share an impactful Public Service Announcement (PSA)! The goal for each of us–separately and together—is to significantly increase awareness related to the epidemic of human trafficking.
As a learner in Human Trafficking, you are not simply watching a news piece passively about a child forced into becoming a sex slave, or discussing the atrocities of deadly working conditions among a group of friends. In this course, you are collaborating with a community of like-minded peers that are eager to make a change for the better. This course empowers you to join a movement in making your community and the world a better place.And how are we going to capture that effect, let alone that worth? And is a free course full of angry rhetoric and social-justice sentiments more effective than three hours of procedurals that have been raising the question, "does a happy person ever become a cop" and selling Viagra to boot?
Imagine: if the work accomplished in this course leads to even one person escaping victimization, it is worth it.
The course serves as a unique platform to examine human trafficking from a global perspective, discuss anti-trafficking efforts, generate solutions and serve as one prong among many in the fight to eradicate human trafficking. Ultimately, our shared goal in the anti-trafficking arena is to obliterate human trafficking—to expose it and to force the criminality of it so far underground that the system collapses from its own weight and the weight of the masses who demand justice.Or so far underground that it takes more than three hours of made-for-TV drama to uproot it (as is the case with kiddie pr0n), or shall we speak of the War on Drugs or Prohibition or the War on Global Terrorism? Again, how shall we measure -- h**l, how shall a good econometrician tease out -- the effect of the course?
Trafficking is a lose-lose situation for the victim as the trauma inflicted on trafficking victims is so potent, that even trafficking victims grow confused about whether or not they are being trafficked. Their oppression, isolation and marginalization result in long-term biopsychosocial consequences that demand the attention and help of those committed to a slave-free world.Inculcating Correct Attitudes? Check. Self-congratulation as a substitute for substance? Very possibly. Identifying that one person who isn't trafficked? No clue.
I invite you to a global discourse on human trafficking, where not only will your personal voice be heard, but your voice will speak and fight for those who cannot do it on their own.
Let me propose an assignment. Welfare workers collaborate with kiddie-pr0n rings. Abolish social services and that pool of children is no longer available for exploitation. At least one child will therefore not be trafficked. Thus abolishing social services is desirable.
In higher education these days, though, the correct attitudes might be all that matters. Here's Professor McAdams, on the continuing deterioration at Marquette.
At places like Marquette, “social justice” is merely code for a liberal or left political agenda. It’s not just “we should care for the poor,” it’s “we should support every standard liberal and leftist idea about how to help the poor.” It’s not just “we should oppose racism,” it’s “all whites should feel guilty about their white privilege.”Sure, but if those professors can change Just One Mind, it's worth it.
And indeed, it’s about opposing some things (like genetic engineering of crops or globalization of markets) that promise to lift millions of the world’s poor out of destitution, since they are seen as benefiting capitalist corporations.
Among these folks, opposition to abortion is not a part of social judtice. Neither is opposition to gay marriage. On the contrary, any opposition to gay marriage is called “homophobia.”
In short, these folks think that by invoking “social justice” they can pretend to be supporting the supposed Catholic mission of the university. But in reality their agenda is identical to secular liberal and leftist elites.
If Marquette actually cared about “leaders concerned for society and the world” the university would welcome “pushback” from students directed toward their professors. That would indicate students are thinking and critically analyzing. It would indicate they are intellectually engaged.
It would indicate the nature of “social justice” is an open question, and people may have different ideas about it.
But that would be highly inconvenient for professors who want to indoctrinate.