If teaching is a branch of the entertainment industry
(which, arguably, it is*), then I must congratulate Dr. Grant
Morris, of the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, for recently
gaining a Teaching Excellence Award. It is fully merited, and, with the benefit
of the wide experience gained from having been an almost perpetual student,
I can only endorse the following sentiments expressed in V. Alum
(April 2006 issue):
"Students and colleagues speak incredibly highly of Dr. Morris's
influence, impact and enthusiasm, and claim that he is one of the best lecturers
the School of Law, indeed the University, has ever seen."
However, I come to bury the politicisation
of education -- not to praise it (with apologies to Shakespeare).
The above-mentioned article refers to Dr. Morris consistently achieving
exceptionally high ratings from students, and this raises the issue of the
power of students over lecturers at universities where student ratings form
part of the professional evaluation of lecturers. This power means that lecturers
feel pressure to conform with the mentality, mores and political views of
For example, I know of one right-wing male lecturer at the same Law School
who (totally out of context) referred to his own inability to "multi-task"
-- an obvious display of subservience to the pressure-group of Feminist bimbos
in the class, since "multi-tasking" has had a lot of publicity as
being something that women can supposedly do better than men can (I have seen
no publicity about how well women do tasks when they are
multi-tasking, so I assume they do them badly -- otherwise this would have
received a lot of publicity, too, in the Feminist media).
Anyone who knows the feudal model according to which
universities function knows that you get a PhD and your articles published,
etc., if, and only if, you follow the school of thought endorsed by your thesis
advisor, the particular journal you want to get published in, or some other
applicable authoritarian institution. So it is not surprising that Feminist
journals have sprung up that publish Feminist rubbish, and that Feminism is
now so powerful in academia that Feminist rubbish gets published (and anti-Feminist
articles excluded) in mainstream journals.
That article originated as an essay for a course on
Jurisprudence which was excellently taught by Dr. Grant Morris. It was a critique
of one of the readings (on Feminist Jurisprudence) set by him for the course.
Since I found that the reading was self-contradictory, I could criticise him
for asking us to read it. However, that presumes that Feminism is an academic
thought-system which is evaluated according to intellectual criteria. In fact,
it is an ideology which is enforced by believers who assault, shout down,
and otherwise intimidate and victimise people who disagree openly with it.
So, in the highly political atmosphere of that Law School, I have no right
to expect lecturers to behave rationally -- and they often don't.
After writing the essay, I recall that I immediately put it onto the Web
and emailed Dr. Morris, drawing his attention to it. At the start of the next
class, he made a remark that indicated to me that he agreed with me that the
Feminist Jusrisprudence article in question was rubbish.
Soon afterwards (either at an interval, or before the start of the next
class), I saw a group of Feminist bimbos talking to him. At a subsequent lecture,
he stated that Domestic Violence was a "women's
issue". This, of course, is a Feminist way of claiming that men
do not suffer Domestic Violence at the hands of women. I asked him what evidence
he had for this claim, and he was so taken aback that I had time to repeat
the word "evidence" and even to spell it out: "E-V-I-D-E-N-C-E"
! He looked for help -- in vain -- at the group of Feminist bimbos in the
audience. I then referred to Professor Martin Fiebert's
annotated Domestic Violence bibliography, which shows that women are at
least as violent towards men as vice-versa.
It is essential not to be misled by what universities
might have been in the past. Western universities at present are feudal structures
which have been taken over by Feminist mobs, like what happens after a parasitic
wasp lays its eggs in the body of a caterpillar, or a virus or hacker takes
over a computer.
*And I say that as a former secondary teacher and