Duke professor steps down after suggesting students should speak English on campus

Diversity is our strength.  Diversity is our strength.  Diversity is our strength.  Tell yourself this mantra day and night for the next year.  It will totally make it true.  Via Inside Higher Ed:

Duke University asked a professor to step down from her administrative role after she sent an email to students advising them not to speak Chinese in the medical school building and suggesting that failure to speak in English in nonclassroom settings could make it harder for them to get jobs and internships and secure research opportunities with faculty.

Megan Neely, an assistant professor and director of graduate studies for a master’s program in biostatistics, sent an email Friday to first- and second-year students in the program warning them of what she wrote were complaints from two other unnamed professors about students speaking in Chinese in the student lounge and study areas.

“Hi All,” Neely wrote. “I had two separate faculty members come to my office today and ask if I had pictures of the [master’s in biostatistics] students. I shared with them the head shots of the first- and second-year cohorts taken during orientation. Both faculty members picked out a small group of first-year students who they observed speaking Chinese (in their words, VERY LOUDLY) in the student lounge/study areas. I asked why they were curious about the students’ names. Both faculty members replied that they wanted to write down the names so they could remember them if the students ever interviewed for an internship or asked to work with them for a master’s project. They were disappointed that these students were not taking the opportunity to improve their English and were being so impolite as to have a conversation that not everyone on the floor could understand.” (Emphasis per original email.)

Neely’s email continued, “To international students, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep these unintended consequences in mind when you choose to speak in Chinese in the building. I have no idea how hard it has been and still is for you to come to the U.S. and have to learn in a non-native language. As such, I have the upmost respect for what you are doing. That being said, I encourage you to commit to using English 100 percent of the time when you are in Hock or any other professional setting.”

And the reaction from the Asian Students Association:

“This behavior is not only hypocritical — given Duke’s dependence on international students and faculty for their undergraduate and graduate programs, desire to present itself as a ‘global university’, and partnership with Duke Kunshan University — but also discriminatory,” the Asian Students Association at Duke and the Duke International Association said in a joint statement about the emails on Facebook. Duke Kunshan is a reference to Duke’s branch campus in China.

Inevitable in 2019 in America.  Everyone is a victim and there is no common language or culture or shared values.  This is what happens when you import all that multiculturalism has to offer.

To recap: professor is told by other professors that some students were speaking obnoxiously loud in another language.  Professor, looking out for the students, mind you, suggests that they should take advantage of the opportunity to practice their English skills while on campus, which may even help them get research opportunities.  Reaction: outrage and she has to step down.

A few things.  This wouldn’t be an issue in a predominantly homogeneous society.  A country with 90%+ of people of the same nationality, with the same culture, the same language, the same beliefs, makes things a lot easier and run a lot smoother.  That ship has clearly sailed for the United States in its current form.  As mentioned yesterday, it should always behoove the guests of a country to respect the laws and the customs of the host country.  Expressing outrage, at a SUGGESTION, is not respecting the host country.  Though we are seeing this increasingly more and more from visitors.  As if it needed to be said again, apologizing to the outrage mob will never absolve you in their eyes.  It will only show weakness and they will continue to pounce until you are out.

College campuses have been the breeding ground for this type of behavior since at least the 1960s.  It will only get worse.  With the current trajectories there will be a time in the not so distant future where students demand signs and translators in English, Spanish, Chinese, and who knows what else.  This is what happens when you do not encourage assimilation.  Every tribe of people will bring THEIR same customs and cultures and languages to America and not bother learning OUR customs, our culture, our language.  Remind me again, who wants this?

2 responses

  1. I am a Duke alumnus and have an automatic payment system set up to charge a regular contribution to my credit card. I am not rethinking that. Schools that do this sort of thing need to feel some pain from alumni donors.

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  2. Often times the best way to enact policy change is to vote with your wallet. Hit them where it hurts, good on you!

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