College Administrators Deem the Term ‘Last Name’ Offensive (Yes, Really)


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…If you’re sending your kids to a liberal-dominated college (oh-but-I-repeat-myself in the case of most universities), you’re committing parental malpractice and damaging our country.  Here’s the latest example of political correctness run amok.  Recently, college administrators at George Mason University have laid down the law…  against normal phrases we all use every day.  For example, do you ever meet a new friend and — horror of all horrors — ask for their last name?  Well, you can’t do that at George Mason.  Not anymore.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports on all of the things you better not be caught saying:

George Mason University advised graduate teaching assistants (TAs) during a mandatory training Tuesday not to use words or phrases including “freshman,” “last name,” and “it is easy to imagine.”

The school made these suggestions in a tips and strategies guide entitled “Creating Inclusive Classrooms” obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The guide also advised graduate TAs to include a diversity statement in their syllabi and ask students for their name and pronoun.

They said “Humankind” and “first-year student” should be used instead of the male-oriented words freshman and mankind.  Also, the syllabi should be written in non-offensive language to make sure that all sorts of mentally imbalanced people can stay that way.  (Okay, so that’s my paraphrase.  Read the memo here.)

Parents, let this be a reminder if you are thinking of sending you kids to these types of colleges.

Don’t do it.  Just don’t do it.  You will regret it for the rest of your life.  You will not recognize them when they return, and often you will find that they can no longer think, speak or act rationally.  Most of these colleges are just incubators for the mind-controlling fascism of the New Democratic Fascists.  Don’t believe me?  Read this incredibly condescending article in the Washington Post about a young country girl who was liberated from her way-too-traditional parents.

It’s time to stop rewarding these colleges with tuition money.  Eventually, common sense must have a vote.

Hat tip: The College Fix

Image Credit: Flickr Account CollegeDegrees360

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  • Mark Langford

    I just read the whole piece about the country girl…..I don’t see the country folks being anything but nice and polite, yet not steering away from the issues. I see her constantly avoiding her triggers, changing the topics, and then thinking to herself, “they are so wrong”. That’s not growth. That truly is just picking a side. The country is in trouble.

  • Lorehead

    This is a good example of the game of Telephone stirring up a tempest in a teapot. The headline is clickbait that the facts in the story don’t justify. No, really, that’s not what happened. You should publish a correction.

    Going back through the chain of links to links, the basis of this story is this web page of advice to teachers, which The Daily Caller “obtained” by clicking that link and downloading it. The first thing you’ll notice is that it doesn’t call anything offensive. It’s also not the work of college administrators and doesn’t even come close to saying, or else.

    It does suggest alternatives. The advice to ask for something like “family names” instead of “last names” (in lectures, not to stop saying “last name” in any context at all) is because many foreign students’ surname is not their last name. Assuming that people from China, Portugal or Iceland have the same naming style that we’re used to is false. (Which you need to know if you’re, say, designing a website or app that people all over the world will use.) That’s one of the things students go to college to learn!

    The other thing The Daily Caller makes a big fuss over is the advice on how not to talk down to students. The web page advises against saying things are “obvious,” “easy to imagine” or what “everyone knows” because what seems obvious to you might not be to others, especially from a different background.

    Both pieces of advice are, in context, very reasonable. It would be silly to order TAs never to say those phrases at all, but that’s not even close to what happened.

    You really shouldn’t take The Daily Caller seriously. It exaggerates like this all the time. That’s its business model. Sometimes it even steps over the line and gets successfully sued for defamation. You’ll end up believing that the Other Side is a lot worse than it is.