Faculty and students at Borough of Manhattan Community College are protesting plans for a security management certificate program which they “view as an endorsement of the Bush administration’s Department of Homeland Security,” the New York Sun reports.
“Faculty members point out that if BMCC becomes known as ‘Homeland Security U,’ this will intimidate and drive away many present and potential students, especially immigrants,” the (student government) leaflet states.
The president of the student government at BMCC, Jason Negron, said the proposal is “a very scary issue that students are very, very against.”
He said if the program were to be instituted, students would be exposed to “a lot of right-wing views” and about “a lot of things that other countries have done to America without giving the other side of the story.” He said it was the “progressive” faculty members who voiced opposition to the proposal at Wednesday’s meeting.
It would be horrible if students were exposed to right-wing or pro-American views on a college campus, wouldn’t it?
I guess that going to school in the shadow of where the World Trade Towers once stood is not enough to convince these numbskulls that security is not a partisan issue, but something that this country is going to have to think about for a long, long time. And there will be plenty of jobs for someone who has a little background in security management considering that every mall and big office building will want such employees.
Apparently, these students and the faculty members supporting them don’t care about giving their students a marketable skill if it means that someone could possibly twist that into some skewed endorsement of George Bush.
Elinor Garely, the business professor who helped design the proposed program, said, “That’s why we have colleges, so people can speak out.”
Not really, Betsy replies:
We have colleges to educate students. Perhaps, to prepare them for a fulfilling life not spent sponging off their parents. A community college, in particular, is dedicated to providing either remedial or marketable skills. People can speak out anywhere.
The protesters are trying to suppress the teaching of ideas about terrorism, such as the notion that America has a right to defend against people who have a lot of reasons why they hate us and want us to die.