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    Harvard, India and Intolerance

    By Scott Jaschik - August 1, 2011

    Subramanian Swamy isn't your average summer school instructor. Swamy was a Harvard University economics professor before returning to politics in India, where he is president of the Janata Party. But he comes back to Cambridge in the summer to teach at the university, still sharing his views in India -- views that are setting off a debate at the university and in his home country.

    In an op-ed in Daily News & Analysis last month, Swamy responded to a recent bombing by terrorists in Mumbai. India could wipe out terrorism, he wrote, by taking certain steps, such as declaring India a Hindu state where "non-Hindus can vote only if they proudly acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus," or demolishing mosques, or banning conversion from Hinduism to any other faith. The op-ed's author ID didn't note Swamy's Harvard connection, but it didn't take long for word of it to reach the university.

    Some students said that, while respecting academic freedom, they find it offensive that an instructor could be advocating the removal of voting rights for people of a given religion.

    A petition from Harvard students and parents, plus others, demanding that Harvard "terminate" Swamy's association with the university states that he has gone beyond what is acceptable discourse. "While free expression and the vigorous contest of ideas are essential in any academic community, so, too, are respect and tolerance for human difference. By advocating measures that would grossly violate freedom of religion and the unqualified right to vote for different religious groups, and by aggressively vilifying an entire religious community, Swamy breaches the most basic standards of respect and tolerance," the petition says.

    The petition also raises issues about his fairness as an instructor: "Swamy's comments cast doubt on his ability to treat a diverse community of students with fairness and respect. The highly insulting and stereotypical nature of his comments suggest that he cannot be trusted to regard Muslims -- and no doubt other groups -- with anything but a jaundiced eye."

    The dispute has attracted considerable attention in India, with some groups calling for Swamy to be arrested, and with the country's National Commission for Minorities planning a discussion this week of the implications of the article.

    There have also been reports -- starting in The Harvard Crimson (based on quoting the summer school dean as saying "we will give this matter serious attention") and spreading elsewhere -- that Harvard is planing some kind of review of Swamy as well. The Foundation for Individual Rights last week wrote to Drew Faust, noting those reports, and calling on the university not to investigate Swamy's statements or take action against him. The statement about "serious attention," FIRE wrote, "will unacceptably chill expression among members of Harvard's community."

    Despite that quote, there is no investigation, and Swamy has been teaching his courses (which conclude this week) without incident.

    And a Harvard spokesman, Jeff A. Neal, released a statement Sunday that -- while noting the concern over Swamy's statements -- defended his free speech rights.

    "As an institution of research and teaching, we are dedicated to the proposition that all people, regardless of color or creed, deserve equal opportunities, equal respect, and equal protection. Recent writings by Dr. Swamy therefore are distressing to many members of our community, and understandably so," the statement said. However, it added: "It is central to the mission of a university to protect free speech, including that of Dr. Swamy and of those who disagree with him. We are ultimately stronger as a university when we maintain our commitment to the most basic freedoms that enable the robust exchange of ideas."

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    These extremist Hindus will always spread hatred against Islam regardless of their education level. Other countries are realizing the truth and banning these extremists' religious book.


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    Education company under fire for ‘racist’ nursing textbook






    The page contains headings for different communities. Here are some of the excerpts:

    Arabs/Muslims


    • May not request pain medicine but instead thank Allah for pain if it is the result of the healing medical process.
    • Pain is considered a test of faith. Muslim clients must endure pain as a sign of faith in return for forgiveness and mercy.


    Asians



    • Chinese clients may not ask for medication because they do not want to take the nurse away from a more important task.
    • Indians who follow Hindu practices believe that pain must be endured in preparation for a better life in the next cycle.


    Blacks



    • Blacks often report higher pain intensity than other cultures.
    • They believe suffering and pain are inevitable.


    Jews



    • Jews may be vocal and demand assistance.
    • They believe pain must be shared and validated by others.


    Hispanics



    • Hispanics may believe that pain is a form of punishment and that suffering must be endured if they are to enter heaven.
    • They vary in their expression of pain. Some are stoic and some are expressive.


    Native Americans



    • Native Americans may prefer to receive medications that have been blessed by a tribal shaman.
    • They may pick a sacred number when asked to rate pain on a numerical pain scale.




    Pearson, the world’s biggest education company, has come under fire this week for a page in one of its nursing textbooks — which features racist stereotypes about minorities.


    “Hispanics may believe that pain is a form of punishment and suffering must be endured if they are to enter heaven,” a section reads.

    “Blacks often report higher pain intensity than other cultures,” another says.

    The harmful misconceptions can be found on page 161 of the textbook, “Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, Volume I” — which was published in 2014.



    A representative for Pearson Education, the branch of the British-owned company that released the book, told Bustle that they would be scrapping the page from all future editions and current electronic versions, as well.


    “While differences in cultural attitudes towards pain is an important topic in medical programs, the table from this Nursing text did not present the information in an appropriate manner,” the rep said. “We apologize for the offense this has caused, and we have removed the material in question from current electronic versions and future editions of this text. We always welcome feedback, and we appreciate the concern shown by the students who raised this issue.”


    The statement came Wednesday after countless people shared pictures of the page on social media and blasted the company online.

    “WOW what textbook is this?!” asked one upset Twitter user. “I’m so disgusted.”

    Another person added, “HOLY S–T! @pearson actually published this racist bulls–t in a nursing textbook. #bioethics.”
    Some other minority and religious groups that were stereotyped in the book included Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Asians and Native Americans.

    The section in question — dubbed “Focus on Diversity and Culture” — ultimately lists “cultural differences in response to pain.”

    While most of the outrage came from social media users, many people went on Amazon to voice their anger in the textbook’s reviews and comments section.

    “I’m absolutely horrified by the racism and outright lies in the ‘Focus on Diversity: Cultural Differences in Response to Pain’ section,” wrote one person. “You have printed all these generalizations and assumptions as though they are facts. They are not. They are offensive and racist.”


    Another said, “Page 161 alone disqualifies this textbook as being entirely evidence-based. If this kind of racist dreck can pass unnoticed by the authors AND editors of this book, it cannot be trusted.”



    https://nypost.com/2017/10/18/educat...sing-textbook/





    Publisher apologises for 'racist' text in medical book



    The publishers of a textbook for nurses that has been criticised by social media users for containing racist material, have apologised for the offence caused and removed the offending passages.

    Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, contains advice for nurses when administering pain relief to people from different ethnic backgrounds.

    It begins: "A client's culture influences their response to, and beliefs about pain. Some cultural common differences related to pain are listed here."

    The image of the page was shared on Facebook on Monday by Onyx Moore in California. She posted: "This is an excellent example of how not to be even remotely culturally sensitive.

    "These assumptions are not evidence based, they encourage nurses to ignore what the patient is actually saying.

    "If someone tells you their pain level is high you need to believe them."

    Her post has been widely shared on both Facebook and Twitter attracting thousands of comments from users, most of whom expressed outrage at what they perceived as racist stereotyping.

    One Facebook user posted: "I'm so disgusted. In 2017 how is this being published?"

    Another user commented: "How old is this book? Like... 200 years old?"

    But another Facebook user suggested: "I know this looks awful, but I don't think it's as much about thinking other cultures don't experience pain. It's about how they express/interpret their pain."

    By the middle of the week, Ms Moore's Facebook post was gaining traction across other social media platforms.

    Lyndsay Morgan in California tweeted the post. She told the BBC: "Seeing the page in a textbook like this is shocking for me as a Jewish disabled woman. "When I'm in hospital I want a nurse to see me for what I am - someone who needs medical attention not as a Jew that needs attention and validation."

    The social reaction to the post prompted an apology by the textbook's publisher Pearson.


    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-41692593?SThisFB

    Comments: As the first tweet above states rightfully, all these are white institutions engrained by white bias prejudice and lies against other ethnic groups. No one checks them or care to unless they are publicly called out and shamed and exposed. Social media and internet power is exposing these age old white powered institutions and bigots and forcing change that wouldn't have been possible for.

    Same attention should brought to these "study" cards as well:

    https://quizlet.com/152265525/cultur...n-flash-cards/

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    Oxford University gives women more time to pass exams

    by Tony Diver - 22 January 2018

    Oxford University exam times were increased in a bid to improve the low scores of women
    , it has emerged.

    Students taking maths and computer science examinations in the summer of 2017 were given an extra 15 minutes to complete their papers, after dons ruled that "female candidates might be more likely to be adversely affected by time pressure". There was no change to the length or difficulty of the questions.

    It was the first time such steps had been taken. In previous years, the percentage of male students awarded first class degrees was double that of women and in 2016 the board of examiners suggested that the department make changes to improve women's grades.

    However, despite the intention being to lessen gender discrepancies, the main effect of the time increase appears to have been an increase in the number of 2:1s overall, with 2:2 figures falling. Men continued to be awarded more first class degrees than women in the two subjects.

    A university spokesman defended the changes as "academically demanding and fair", and noted that while 39 per cent of female mathematicians achieved first class degrees compared to 47 per cent of men, women's scores had improved year on year.

    The lengthening of exams was welcomed by some female students. Antonia Siu, Undergraduate Representative of Oxford Women in Computer Science, said: "I am uneasy about schemes to favour one gender over another.

    "But I am happy when people see gaps between groups of people who should not reasonably have such gaps - such as between genders, races or class - and take that as a starting point to think about the kinds of people they unintentionally are leaving behind."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...me-pass-exams/

    comments:

    Feminists say that women are equal to men and can do anything men can do, and feminists say that they want gender equality. Yet, time after time their actions show they are not equal to men and they want special privileges not equal rights.

    The men still outperformed women despite having barriers to hold them back. Because of such misandric barriers there are already more women college graduates than men, but still such misandry and gynocentrism continues in order to dominate the male gender and elevate the female gender.


 

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