Paul Samuelson once remarked that he didn’t care who ruled the country as long as he got to write the economics textbook. Because whoever wrote that would be guiding the economy 50 years later – all the rulers would have got all their ideas about economics from that textbook.
If you ever dealt with the teenage Trots in student politics the same sort of thing. “No, that motion is out of order because that was decided in the sub-under committee” and when you turn up at the sub-under committee to argue for allowing your motion you’re told that no, that was already decided at the sub-undernover committee. And then when you – it’s Trots all the way down.
This is what is happening here:
Universities have been told to teach about “colonialism”, “white supremacy” and “class division” by the body that advises on degree content.
The Quality Assurance Agency, which advises universities on course standards, has introduced advice for the first time on decolonising courses from computing to classics.
In one example, the QAA has told universities that computing courses should address “how divisions and hierarchies of colonial value are replicated and reinforced” within the subject.
Geography courses should acknowledge “racism, classism, ableism, homophobia and patriarchy,” further guidance states.
Bugger long marching through the institutions. Take over the committee that decides what will be taught – even better, what is to be taught in the education colleges – and you’re done.
There’s only one answer too – hang them all. Well, two perhaps, Steve’s lions with lasers if you want a more visually exciting spectacle.