While we do not wish to impose additional distribution requirements on students for fear of stifling academic exploration, we believe that all students should be encouraged to take courses taught by professors who will challenge their preconceived mindsets. To this end, the University should make every effort to attract outstanding faculty representing a wider range of viewpoints–even controversial viewpoints–across all departments. Princeton needs more Peter Singers, more Cornel Wests, and more Robert Georges.It may not be mine to finish the task. Simple Justice notes, "[S]tudents don’t want to be held captive by one identitarian group’s forcible demands to recreate education based on their feelings." No, that will not end well.
Similarly, we believe that requiring cultural competency training for faculty threatens to impose orthodoxies on issues about which people of good faith often disagree. As Professor Sergiu Klainerman has observed, it reeks of the reeducation programs to which people in his native Romania were subjected under communist rule.
We firmly believe that there should be no space at a university in which any member of the community, student or faculty, is “safe” from having his or her most cherished and even identity-forming values challenged. It is the very mission of the university to seek truth by subjecting all beliefs to critical, rational scrutiny. While students with a shared interest in studying certain cultures are certainly welcome to live together, we reject University-sponsored separatism in housing. We are all members of the Princeton community. We denounce the notion that our basic interactions with each other should be defined by demographic traits.
HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK!
Simple Justice summarizes the latest list of enablements for academic underachievers, now sailing under the banner of "The Demands." (Non-negotiable probably being too big a word for the current crop of crybullies.) There's apparently a call to reason together circulating at Princeton, Here's an excerpt.