The Indiana University School of Medicine is forcing educators to waste time on woke ideology instead of focusing on student instruction or real professional development. How do we know? An insider recently sent us proof.
Earlier this year, an administrator in the Department of Medicine sent the following note to colleagues:
“The department strives to advance our core values of diversity, equity and inclusion. We are requesting both our faculty leaders and staff leaders (Managers and above) within our Divisions/Service Lines to spend a minimum of 2 hours on DEI focused professional development throughout the 2022 calendar year.”
That’s right: Senior faculty and staff must spend at least two hours learning woke ideology every year. The clear implication is that they should spend even more time. Yet every hour they spend on “diversity, equity, and inclusion” is an hour they don’t spend developing their medical knowledge or ability to teach students.
Then there are the specific courses that faculty can take. Among others, the list includes:
- How to Engage Meaningfully in Allyship and Anti-Racism
- Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging for All
- Advocating for Change in Your Organization
- Strategies to Foster Inclusive Language at Work
IUSM also requires “Unconscious Bias, Microaggressions, and Microresistance Training.” At no point does IUSM pretend this faculty indoctrination has anything to do with medicine, because it doesn’t. But it has everything to do with identity politics.
This mandate will hurt faculty by forcing them to spend time on ideology instead of education, while also spreading that ideology to their peers. It will hurt the medical students these educators teach. And it will inevitably hurt patients, who expect medical schools to teach medicine, not woke malarky.
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