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From the New York Times news section:

At N.Y.U., Students Were Failing Organic Chemistry. Who Was to Blame?

Maitland Jones Jr., a respected professor, defended his standards. But students started a petition, and the university dismissed him.

Students said Maitland Jones’s course was too hard and blamed him and his teaching methods for their poor showings.

By Stephanie Saul
Oct. 3, 2022

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Multiple Massachusetts colleges extend mask mandates indefinitely MikeRivero Tue, 10/04/2022 - 16:20

Three Massachusetts colleges are extending their COVID-19 mask mandate — and a fourth is putting it to a vote — even as masking requirements are disappearing around the nation.

Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Hampshire College have all extended their mask mandates indefinitely, according to releases made in the past month.

UChicago United, a woke student organization at The University of Chicago, has announced their upcoming events for the academic year.  One such event,  “Race @ UChicago” has made it clear….no whites allowed.  The event emphasizes that the event is “A BIPOC-ONLY space.”

A woke Minnesota high school is addressing comments from a school administrator, Vice Principal Laura Wagner, at Farmington High School.  Wagner suggested staff  to use their “straight, white privilege” to defend new gender neutral prom titles.

The school announced a decision to eliminate the titles Homecoming King and Homecoming Queen, renaming it a genderless ‘Homecoming Royalty.’

A New York University professor has been fired after a group of students signed a petition against him suggesting his course was too difficult.

Maitland Jones Jr., 84, had 82 of his 350 organic chemistry students sign the petition citing Jones' teaching methods and course outline as reasons for their poor grades.

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Texas school boards are being pressured to adopt policies giving transgender students the right to use preferred pronouns, school bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, according to conservatives who feel schools are stepping on parental rights.

It was probably inevitable that Jonathan Haidt, an academic long concerned about the politicization of academia, would eventually be caught up in the displacement of intellectual inquiry by ideological rigidity.