Penn Controversy Looks At “Progressive Stacking” After Controversial Tweet By Grad Student

45879D2000000578-5002884-image-m-83_1508551815896It is called “progressive stacking,” a technique where teachers give priority to students according to race or gender.  The technique is being hotly debated at the University of Pennsylvania after Grad student Stephanie McKellop tweeted about how she only reluctantly will call on a white male after giving preference to various groups based on their gender or race.  While many find stacking to be a form of discrimination, some academics have rallied to the side of McKellop in favor of such techniques.

Here is the tweet that started the controversy:

According to news reports, professors and graduate students from Notre Dame, Auburn and the State University of New York have stepped forward to support McKellop despite her stated resistance to calling on white males.

When people objected that McKellop was intentionally avoiding students based on their race and gender, she called such critics “Nazis” and blasted Penn for failing to rush to her side in defending such discriminatory practices.

She added that as a teacher “YOU get to control social setting” and “flip” the social barriers to speaking.

The university was understandably alarmed that McKellop was actively avoiding the participation of white or males.  Steven J. Fluharty, dean of Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, said in a written statement:

“The university’s policies prohibiting discrimination are intended to reinforce our commitment to equity and inclusion . . . We are looking into the current matter involving a graduate-student teaching assistant to ensure that our students were not subjected to discriminatory practices in the classroom and to ensure that all of our students feel heard and equally engaged. Contrary to some reports, the graduate student has not been removed from the program, and we have and will continue to respect and protect the graduate student’s right to due process.”

McKellop was irate that the university would force her to treat males or white equally in classrooms.  She announced:

“Hi Friends, the University of Pennsylvania is issuing a press release condemning me and my teaching practices. It comes out tomorrow.  Because this involves calling on Black students more readily than white men, the white nationalists and Nazis were very upset.”

In a Chronicle of Higher Education article University of Arizona Nolan Cabrera insisted that progressive stacking is merely seeking out the voices of minority students — giving them priority among various hands raised in a class.  It is “an acknowledgment that traditional pedagogical techniques have silenced marginal voices.”  However, even if one were to accept that approach, McKellop shows how such manipulation of class participation easily becomes a form of discrimination.  Most academics strive to maintain an environment where everyone can speak as opposed to stack participation to address social patterns or bias.  Each student must be treated equally — not de-prioritized due to his association with a racial or gender group.  While there are an array of social ills outside of the classroom, we maintain an equality of thought and status as a basic component of higher education.  Moreover, our students come to our schools to be treated equally — not to find themselves the ongoing social experiment of people like McKellop.

What do you think?

 

 

71 thoughts on “Penn Controversy Looks At “Progressive Stacking” After Controversial Tweet By Grad Student”

  1. Clear breach of ethics and code of conduct for a college teacher. If President Trump said such things about calling on reporters at a press conference, Democrats would cry for impeachment and CNN, WaPo, NYT etc.would sue. Universities used to be places for intellectual activity, but this classroom has become a Mickey Mouse Club. She may be dimwit enough to admit discrimination, but she’s not alone I’m sure.

  2. “Grad student Stephanie McKellop tweeted about how she only reluctantly will call on a white male after giving preference to various groups based on their gender or race.” That is a clear public admission of discrimination and bias in the workplace. Whenever an employee’s free speech issues come up, I always consider whether the speech damaged the employer’s business or reputation, or whether it displayed issues with job performance. Here, we clearly see that students are being discriminated against in the classroom. All students should be treated fairly and equally regardless of race, religion, or gender. Why is this so difficult for Progressives to understand?

    “When people objected that McKellop was intentionally avoiding students based on their race and gender, she called such critics “Nazis” and blasted Penn for failing to rush to her side in defending such discriminatory practices.” Here, again, we see the Progressive tactic of ad hominem, and the application of derogatory language in response to criticism. This is the knee jerk reaction that has become ingrained in the hard Left – call critics (usually but not always conservatives) Nazis, Fascists, anti-Semitic, homophobic, misogynistic, Islamophobic, and various other “ist”, “phobe”, or “ism”. Such terms are applied when clearly they are not warranted, such as the latest puzzling trend of calling women self-hating misogynists if you do not like how they voted in a shameless attempt at voter intimidation of women. The same thing goes for blacks. If they fail to submit to the intense pressure to vote Democrat, then it is encouraged and allowed to call them all sorts of racist slurs, such as Uncle Tom.

    The Leftist politicization of the education system, from preschool to graduate school, has been well documented. Conservative students and faculty are demonstrably discriminated against routinely. There are still a few bastions who hold out, and maintain that they are, shockingly, an educational system and not a political madrassa for the Democratic Party, but they are few and far between.

    Progressives should beware encouraging this false logic attacks on critics, because they will feel the prick of that sword themselves. An example is when students disrupt midterms and classes and call the hard Left professor Fascist, not because he or she actually is Fascist, but because that is what they have been trained to do to anyone from whom they want something. Call someone a Fascist, and they will scramble to give you want you want to beg you to take back that label.

    Pathetic. Fire the professor or get sued for discrimination. I hope the legal community files a class action lawsuit if the this professor remains employed. If this is still a question for the Progressives, then replace “white male students” with “black male students” or “transgender students” and see if the question clarifies.

  3. This is why I can only view colleges as trade schools. My kids are both heading off to college, one is a pre-med major, the other engineering. There is no way I’d pay for them to get a sociology, history, or English degree.

  4. She seems overly obsessed with Nazis. What is up with this sudden proliferation of calling everybody a Nazi? Is it just because sexist, racist, –phobist, etc. are worn out?

    1. Psychological projection, perhaps???

      Wikipedia’s definition:
      “Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is habitually intolerant may constantly accuse other people of being intolerant.”

  5. “Hi Friends, the University of Pennsylvania is issuing a press release condemning me and my teaching practices. It comes out tomorrow. Because this involves calling on Black students more readily than white men, the white nationalists and Nazis were very upset.”

    When class participation is based upon a persons skin color your teaching practices amount to bigotry.

    Stephanie McKellop is a disgrace.

    1. Not only that, she reflects badly on her employer. Why on earth would prospective students pay high-$$$ tuition to then get treated like dirt by staff? Were I given the task to pick a university, any place that actively discriminates against me would be stricken from the list.

      Sorry, Penn, get your place in order. Those are not just students. they are *customers*. Mistreat your customers, find out what the phrase “voting with their feet” stands for. Hint, it happened on a grand scale before, led to November 9th, 1989.

  6. Bias by Americans was bad.

    Bias by minorities is good.

    Allow nature to compel minorities to perform without artifice.

    Repeal “Affirmative Action Privilege,” welfare, quotas, food stamps, social services Obamacare, and every other form of communistic redistribution of wealth.

    Let Merit Reign.

    Let Freedom Ring.

  7. Don’t worry, dear Progressive Komrahdz…none of this shall come to light nor make any difference in future elections. I am sure the few remaining white electorate shall find such Progressive practices all for the betterment of mankind and future generations. ONWARD, KOMRAHDZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    /sarc off

    Again: Cash, food, even Air Jordans and EYE-phones can not buy Trump as many votes as stories like this Re. “Progressivism.”

  8. Not really surprising, though, is it?

    What she’s doing – out in the open – is affirmative action writ small.

  9. I’m not opposed to actively calling on people who would not otherwise speak up, but it should not be based on race or sex.

  10. When I was taking engineering courses in college, my chemistry professor
    singled me out & asked if I wanted a special assignment. It would have involved a trip to Mount St. Helen volcano before it erupted. Lodging & flight tickets were all covered by the college. I Just had to sign a special wavier form about the risks. I said no & regretted it.

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