GOOD BYE OLD FIEND, HELLO MEWING MAIDEN
GOOD BYE OLD FIEND, HELLO MEWING MAIDEN by Dr Joseph P Farrell for Giza Death Star
It’s been a long time since I had one of my occasional rants about the declining state of edgykayshun in the Amairikuhn quackademy. But this time my rant concerns no quackademy in the USSA, but rather, my alma mater, the Old Fiend, which, if the following article is to be believed (and I do), then the Diversity Mongers have successfully targeted Oxford (this article thanks to many people who saw it and passed it along):
It’s difficult for me to express what I am feeling and thinking about all of this. At one level, it makes me think that the nickname for Oxford – The Old Fiend – that I and my friend Dr. Scott De Hart have for the place should now be changed to The Simpering Spinster, or perhaps The Mewing Maiden, because the inevitable result of this Amairikuhnization of The Old Fiend will be the impositions of collectivist conformity, an increasingly stupid student body, and the final end of those unwritten, unspoken, but nevertheless very real traditions that made the place what it was. It seems there is no cultural tradition or institution that the Nihilists of Progressivism will not attack and spray paint with the graffiti of the blithering nonsense of Edubabble and Psychoblither and “Diversity”. Am I over-reacting? Perhaps. But I doubt it. Consider this from the article:
With the goal of increasing Oxford University’s undergraduate students intake from disadvantaged backgrounds from 15% to 25% over the next four years, the prestigious British university has unveiled a “sea change” in its admissions process.
Echoing the new SAT ‘Adversity Score’ in the US, which attempts – through various socioeconomic factors – to adjust applicants’ ‘clean’ merit score for their relative disadvantage in life, The Telegraph reports that Oxford will offer places with lower grades to students from disadvantaged backgrounds for the first time in its 900-year history.
50 students in the new intake – which will include refugees and young carers – will be eligible to receive offers “made on the basis of lower contextual A-level grades, rather than the university’s standard offers”. (Italicized emphasis added, boldface emphasis in the original).
“Carers”? What the heck are “carers”? Granted, typos occur all the time (my books are full of them). But there’s the disconcerting possibility that this isn’t a typo, but an actual spelling error, and that means “the rot has already set in”. The spell checker is only as good as the programmer programming it, and in this case, the spell-checker was not, apparently, consulting the Oxford English Dictionary (which, let us hasten to add, must now be made to follow suit, to include the speech patterns and words of “disadvantaged backgrounds.”)
More important, however, is the whole inherently patronizing and condescending attitude which is now to be made a matter of policy. One former student has already raised the issue, and good for her: