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Tennessee governor pushed university to abandon plan after Free Beacon report The governor of Tennessee says the University of Memphis is canceling a program that offered financial incentives to professors for infusing “social justice” into their courses.
Gov. Bill Lee (R., Tenn.) contacted the public university immediately after learning about the new program, first reported on by the Washington Free Beacon , which offered faculty $3,000 to redesign their curricula to align with the university’s “diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice” commitments. The governor said the program will not be carried out.
“The University of Memphis informed my office that the initiative will not move forward,” Lee told the Free Beacon . “We welcome robust debate on college campuses, but taxpayer dollars should never be used to fuel a divisive, radical agenda.”
“Ending this program was the right decision, and I thank the university for hearing our concerns,” Lee said.
The public university was set to dole out tens of thousands of dollars to faculty members in any department who were willing to redesign their classes, according to an all-faculty email obtained by the Free Beacon .
The University of Memphis did not respond to a request for comment on the program. A university professor who asked to remain anonymous said the school has not notified faculty the offer was taken off the table, but that it was a welcome change for the university to “prioritize educating students over progressive politics.”
“Hopefully this incident serves to refocus Memphis and other universities on educating students and conducting top-tier research,” the professor said, expressing concern that these sorts of programs could start popping up at public universities across the country.”In the private sector, progressive agendas are theoretically subordinate to a profit motive, but in public institutions there is no limiting factor,” the professor said. “Left unchecked, […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
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