California State University system new graduation requirement: ethnic studies or social justice class

The California State University system has made a significant change to its graduation requirements by adding a required course in ethnic studies or social justice.

The Los Angeles Times notes

The board of trustees voted in favor of the requirement, which will take effect starting in 2023 in the nation’s largest four-year public university system. …

Two questions dominated their debate: How should ethnic studies be defined? And who gets to decide: faculty, trustees or state lawmakers?

I’ll let others tackle the first question, but I’ll provide the correct answer to the second one: faculty.

It is the faculty who will have the teaching and research experience that will allow for the right curriculum decisions to be made. Saying that, I fear it will be lawmakers who will demand the decision-making power.

U.S., to Chinese at Houston consulate: GET OuT!

The New York Times reports the Trump administration has ordered China to close one of its consulates immediately.

China vowed to retaliate, calling the action illegal. Hours after the administration issued its order on Tuesday, consulate employees burned papers in open metal barrels in a courtyard of the Houston building, prompting police officers and firefighters to rush to the area.

The move comes as President Trump’s campaign strategists, anxious about his failures on the pandemic, are pushing a comprehensive anti-China message in an appeal to Mr. Trump’s supporters.

New Mexico governor calls on state’s two major college football programs to not play this fall

The Albuquerque Journal has the story.

In the letter reviewed Tuesday by the Journal, Lujan Grisham, who earlier this month ordered the New Mexico Activities Association to postpone all fall contact sports at the high school level until 2021, is now urging the governor-appointed regents and university leadership at UNM and NMSU to take similar steps. The letter states it is “critical that you postpone collegiate athletics in this moment of escalating danger,” saying there is potential they could be resumed in late 2020 or early 2021.