Ivy League College May Nix Science in Favor of Diversity

Blake Neff, Daily Caller, February 21, 2015

Barnard College, the all-women college affiliated with Columbia University, is considering slashing its foreign-language and science requirements while requiring students to complete a new requirement on “diversity,” the Columbia Spectator reported Friday.

Barnard is conducting an ongoing review of its core curriculum, which is expected to be fully implemented for the 2016-17 school year.

Just what would qualify for fulfilling the diversity requirement is unclear, although the Spectator said it would be “focused on local, global, and social issues.” It would also replace the more limited Cultures in Comparison requirement.

While diversity is on the ascent, hard sciences and foreign languages may be on their way out. The school is considering eliminating a required semester of lab science, as well as slashing its foreign language requirement from four semesters to two. During hearings last fall, several students had complained that taking mid-level classes to fulfill the language requirement was “too hard.” Others complained that the school’s core curriculum was too culturally restrictive.


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  • D.B. Cooper

    Just because it’s Ivy League, doesn’t mean it’s top notch. Even a guy like me, who graduated from a college that is less than 100 years old, can now beat several Ivy alumni in entrance exams. I’ll bet fewer and fewer rich parents will be sending their daughters to Barnard. Let it become Morris Brown if it wants to.

    • John Smith

      Brown University has always been the softest of the Ivies and that always seemed why it had so many “social activist” types who’re alumni.

    • Tarczan

      Agreed, I went to a lower level Ohio public university, and graduated with a B average in Engineering. My senior year a bunch of my classmates were taking the graduate Records Engineering Exam and said I should take it also, so I did. I got a 92% on it. One of my professors called me up and said I should be going to graduate school. I took a couple of courses but I didn’t like it and quit.

      • ThatWhiteGuy

        Same situation here as well. (also from an Ohio school) Graduate school was one of the most stifling things I have ever experienced.

      • Raymond Kidwell

        You probably have a high I.Q. People with lower I.Q.s will typically be able to memorize answers to a test from week to week, but then when given a comprehensive exam based on stuff they learned over a year ago or extracting or applying knowledge will do less well.

        Most instruction and grades seem to be based on busy work and rote memorization. When i went to high school I had really bad grades but would get the highest score in the class whenever given a test, then score in the top 15% or better on any state wide standardized test scores. According to the school I’m sure they labeled me as stupid and put me in low track classes. They don’t even understand what intelligence is. They also fiercely fight against standardized testing as though it is evil. I’m sure it’s racist too.

        In college it was similar. I get B averages, but whenever I had to take some kind of comprehensive test I finished it faster than others and scored well on it. The guy at the test station was like “you must be one of those straight A genius types or something you finished that really fast and passed on the parts of the test” I’m like no not really, my grades suck. I’m not a genius either. The test was really simple but a lot of people struggle with it. It’s the difference between memorizing something and comprehending it.

        In a similar way I guess probably Ivy league and all that are looking for straight A students as opposed to high I.Q. ones in general.

  • John Smith

    Probably because science will prove what a sham diversity is and anyone moderately familiar with the precepts of the Scientific Method will have a harder time being fooled. Also, this will ensure that they can admit even more minorities.

    • superlloyd

      Psychology and genetics beez rayciss.

  • IstvanIN

    This is disgraceful. Talking lowering standards.

  • Dindu Nuffins

    Diversity is coming to a neighborhood near you. Affirmative Action is a government sanction program that admits Obama’s sons aren’t capable of performing in academic and professional settings without lower standards.

  • MekongDelta69

    Fantastic! Let the moron parents of these moron kids pay $44,300 per year (seriously – look it up), so they can stay moronic.

    But at least, they’ll be ‘culturally incluuuuusive and taaaahlerant,’ and nothing will be “too hard.”

  • Barnard College must be rebranding itself as the school for middling IQ black lesbians.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Columbia students have always called it ‘Barnyard’.

  • Chip Carver

    Standards were lowered across the board 40 years ago and it’s only getting worse.

  • superlloyd

    Higher education is rapidly replacing worthwhile educational courses of practical relevance and academic rigour with simplistic, dishonest cultural-marxist propaganda. This college should be disestablished and prosecuted under trades description legislation.

  • Science requirements are worthless and should be eliminated. With 2 scientific degrees, I can attest to the fact that there is no market demand for white, male, US citizens in this field. The US meets all its scientific needs with H1B visa holders from India & China. Jobs in the sciences are also not highly paid.

    Diversity positions on the other hand are the wave of the future. It was the same for horse-drawn carriage makers in the early 20th century. The college is just adapting to new market needs.

    • Bossman

      China and India are socialist countries that invest heavily in free higher education at the expense of personal freedom. Those H1B visa holders are willing to work for peanuts with no benefits.

      • Reynardine

        Venezuela and Cuba are socialist countries that invest heavily in free
        higher education at the expense of personal freedom.

        They have yet to produce the number of intelligent individuals that China and India has.

        Try again, Latinotroll, you’re part of the problem.

        • Bossman

          Cuba sends its doctors and teachers all over the world to help. They’ve even offered to send doctors to the USA but the USA refused to have them. China and India are very old countries with billions of people; there is no way Cuba and Venezuela can be compared to them.

          • Reynardine

            I’d rather go without than get treated by a Cuban “doctor.” The end result would be the same anyway. His filthy unwashed Mestizo hands would introduce putrid Cuban viruses into me. Hispanics, unlike Whites, don’t believe in sanitation, which is why you see Latinos flooding their fields with human waste in an attempt to “fertilize” it.

            Using your logic, China and India are very old countries with billions of people; there is no way France, England, Canada, Germany, and the United States can be compared to them.

            Do you get off on being constantly wrong? Is being ignorant a Latino fetish?

          • jambi19

            Actually doctors in Cuba are not allowed to leave the country. Would you like to know why? They would all defect to the USA. Stop making things up I have several colleagues and personal friends who are physicians that escaped from Cuba. Since we are on the subject. Let’s stop pretending that doctors from cuba aren’t 100% white. Even venezuela and mexico produce very few mestizo docs.

      • LHathaway

        It is debatable whether or not marrying a White woman is a benefit. It will likely be an economic one.

    • My problem with that approach is that people with no background in science are very often ready to believe all sorts of silly $#!&.

  • TruthBeTold

    While diversity is on the ascent, hard sciences and foreign languages may be on their way out. The school is considering eliminating a required semester of lab science, as well as slashing its foreign language requirement from four semesters to two.

    Awesome! Now anyone can be a college graduate!

    They should do away with tests, grades, and reading lists. That’s so old school.

  • NoMosqueHere

    During hearings last fall, several students had complained that taking mid-level classes to fulfill the language requirement was “too hard.” Others complained that the school’s core curriculum was too culturally restrictive.


    I bet the complainers are from Columbia’s affirmative action program.

  • Luca

    Another “made-up” subject forced by government sponsored schools and preparing the young graduates to achieve very little in the job market other than saying “Welcome to Walmart” or “Can I super-size those fries?”

    Then when they are sufficiently angered by taking 50 years to repay student loans, they’ll protest for higher minimum wages while all the engineering-science jobs go to H1B visas.

  • InitialSegment

    Girls don’t have the intellectual capacity to handle math, science, foreign languages, or other rigorous subjects. Their modest talents are more suited to squishy, touchy-feely fields which allow them to prattle on endlessly about their feelings.

    . . .at least, that’s the message Barnard College has just sent.

  • JustJeff

    Everyday I’m more glad I dirched “real” school in favor of vocational school to learn a trade.

    • Marilyn Rosen

      My husband and I hope that in the future our son will pick a.vocational school. Doesn’t look like college is gonna cut it anymore

      • Rhialto

        I see many ads for remote college education via internet, some from established schools. I have no direct knowledge of these schools, but it seems like it might be a good alternative to traditional schooling.

    • Tim

      A brain surgeon has a clogged drain and calls a plumber. When he gets the bill, he blurts out, “$180 an Hour for a plumber!?! I`m a NEUROSURGEON! and I only make $150 an hour!!” The plumber wipes his brow and says, “Tell me about it!! I used to be one…”

  • Truthseeker

    The more academia pushes “diversity,” the more irrelevant it becomes. Lots of people are already starting to realize how devalued a college education has become and many are waking up to the fact that it isn’t a magic ticket to career success.

    I can’t wait to see the education bubble burst. It’ll be one less brainwashing tool for the Marxists.

  • humura

    I would suggest compromise. Instead of 4 semesters of a foreign language, make it 4 semesters of Ebonics. Who would dare oppose this proposal?
    And instead of some boring, useless science class, why not use a TV show as a guide, – how to loot a store, how to steal a car, to hijack a car, to mug, and yes, how to commit a perfect murder. Perhaps, with pull, Bernard could get expert professors on these topics from Sing Sing.
    Compromise and accommodation for the new student body of Bernard.

    • Speedy Steve

      I recommend 2 semesters of Russian, 2 semesters of Chinese, and 1 semester of Arabic so we can understand the koran.

  • David Ashton

    Voodoo has equal validity with western science. One boomerang is worth two space stations. Pythagoras was black. The story about the Mexican janitor who pulled out the life-support to plug in his vacuum cleaner may be true, but it’s racist. English itself is foreign language. So what is all this fascist fuss about?

    • MBlanc46

      “Voodoo has equal validity with western science”.

      The well-known Berkeley philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend said something very similar.

      • In that case, I hope Dr. Feyerabend goes to a witch doctor when he develops appendicitis.

        • MBlanc46

          Died of cancer about twenty years ago. He was certainly one of the very few poststructuralists who fought with the German army on the eastern front, where he was wounded and paralyzed for life.

      • they use it on you to make you commit suicide, for competition, for more occult power… not really for “good” purposes

  • InAFreeCountry

    An all-female college is a fossil anyway.

    • Or, it’s the ideal battlefield for the World War L versus World War T Battle of the Bulge.

    • evilsandmich

      Yeah this may be the place’s last dash-for-cash before the slow motion implosion of the upper-ed bubble threatens to take it out.

  • LHathaway

    While diversity is in, foreign language is out? They must have a very narrow view of diversity? Even more narrow of a view than us racists on AmRen.

    Let’s get real. There is absolutely no reason for a sensitivity, tolerance, or diversity training of any kind. They have no male students.

    Now, if they are teaching these young white girls who attend that they are all victims, like every other educator does, and they are making the visible face of ‘the woman’s movement’ a white female one, then these students, too, will likely go on to marry a co-worker at the office who also got their job by way of affirmative action. If that is the idea, well, who am I to stand in the way?

  • fgbrunner3

    Is there is shortage of intelligent college professors?

    • Usually Much Calmer


  • bigred0721

    Another step in the decline of the Ivy League. I propose a ban on any sort of government service (elected position, appointed position or anything else having to do with the federal government) by any person who attended an Ivy League University.

    • David Ashton

      After 1965.

  • Marilyn Rosen

    Crazy…I’m homeschooling my son. He is only going on 2yrs of age but my husband and I agreed to it before we had kids. I admit I fought him on it for awhile because I bought into the whole socializing thing but he showed me a few articles and I realize he is right.

  • LeonNJ

    It’s articles like this where I respect the black Pygmy in Africa more than white liberals.

  • What a relief. The pressure to send my kids to an Ivy League school is totally gone. What employer would take that degree seriously anymore?

  • WR_the_realist

    If I had a daughter I’d rather send her to Cal Tech. If the courses are “too hard”, good. I’d want to get my money’s worth.

  • libertarian1234

    The sick trend away from education and towards diversity is turning out students who are mentally conditioned robots who are discouraged from thinking for themselves.
    It’s a process of programming that goes on from kindergarten all the way through higher education.
    And it is the same method used by radical jihadists, like ISIS, in conditioning prospective adherents to accept without question the radical, violent precepts of Islam.
    And it is very much like the process used to brainwash people who belong to a cult or a sect to the point where repetitious dogma takes the place of free thought and critical thinking.
    Diversity is not only a weakness it is down right dangerous, and the people who promote it are mentally disturbed.

  • Lee_CPA

    Barnard College stats:
    2500 Undergrad students
    100% female
    62.7% white
    16.7% asian
    9.4% latino
    5.2% black
    Is it just me, or did anyone else envision the doll that said “Math is hard” when you pulled her string?

    • Spikeygrrl

      Math IS hard for females. Just as language skills ARE hard for females. And of course there are exceptions. That 1st-World civilization continues to blame women qua blame women that they are hostile to Feminazism and women in general is a crying shame.

      Tell ya what, men: Keep thinking of White women like livestock and you WILL attract only the wives/breeding partners you deserve. And heaven help your children. Before you know it you’ll be pressured to accept another gaggle of “beige babies.”

    • Speedy Steve

      Malibu Stacy!

  • cyrusthevirus

    Social issues –local and global eh?? AGENDA 21 IN ACTION !! Dont teach anything worthwhile just indoctrinate mind mush!!