Have you ever read about, watched, or heard of a program called Scared Straight? If not, the idea was simple. Juvenile delinquents were taken to a prison and the biggest, ugliest prisoners would yell at them....curse them....and tell them all of the nasty things they would do to them if they continued their life of crime.
Brilliant, right? We can simply scare the hell out of kids to make them behave....especially those with conduct disorder or anti-social personalities.
Well, the research on the program failed to show much of a positive effect. Most studies showed null effects, a few showed increases in recidivism, and some showed the program reduced recidivism. Call it a cathartic expression of discontent that really didn’t make a difference.
Who knew that Scared Straight would be embraced by the diversity crowd? Seriously? Who knew? Because I thought yelling at people, calling them racist names, and belittling them was kind of frowned upon on most campuses.
Apparently not......or not any more.......or not if the right group is yelling at the other right group.
Enter the “TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION."
I kid you not. UC, like other universities, is hosting a TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION, which includes “direct confrontation experiences.” Essentially part of the TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION includes students YELLING, YELLING, YELING at other students so, you know, they can “walk in the footsteps of others."
No longer content with merely brainwashing students in (fillintheblank) studies courses, mandatory diversity courses, or with imposing political litmus tests, UC has gone full CRAZY with the TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION.
I don’t blame students for this kind of stuff but I do blame faculty and those in the diversity office who peddle this kind of anti-intellectual mumbo jumbo.
Funny thing, you can slap a “diversity” label on verbal assault and all of a sudden it becomes a valuable learning experience.
Here you go............the TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION:
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology