Target: Steve Nass, Wisconsin state senator
Goal: Don’t cut University of Wisconsin, Madison’s funding for promoting “liberal” causes in curriculum.
Conservative Wisconsin legislators are threatening to decrease funding for the University of Wisconsin, Madison because of the university’s politically progressive curriculum. Recently introduced university programs, such as “The Men’s Project” — an examination of how expectations of masculinity impact our society, have outraged state leaders, who claim that these courses “advance the politically correct agenda of liberal administrators.”
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which defends the individual rights of U.S. college students, has expressed great concern over this issue. The group’s legislative and policy director, Joe Cohn, warned that “[allowing] legislators to dictate budgets based on course offerings” threatens academic freedom.
UW-Madison’s students have a right to broaden their horizons and study issues that are important to them. This right should not be threatened because conservative leaders personally disagree with particular course subjects. Demand that the state cease its attempt to decrease university funding by signing this petition.
Dear Senator Nass,
Your recent threats to decrease the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s funding are appalling. Your position as a state senator does not give you the right to dictate what your state’s college students should or should not have access to in their university curricula. The Men’s Project, UW-Madison’s program on masculinity, does not, as you stated, “[declare] war on men.” It is an empowering, supportive project that encourages young college men to critically examine and question the social expectations of masculinity — not to demonize men or masculinity, as you appear to believe.
Students’ right to pursue an education should not be fettered by the personal biases of those in power. I urge you to cease these threats to the university’s funding immediately.
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