Commonwealth Policy Center

It’s been said that he who defines the terms wins the argument. But what do you do when entire terms are thrown out? This is what’s happening at many of our universities. Michigan State University isn’t using the terms “foreign” and “alien” because it wants to create a more inclusive environment. The University of Pittsburgh is no longer using the terms “king” and “queen,” because they say it’s antiquated language. An instructor at the University of Virginia is proposing the abolition of the phrase “student-athlete. And the University of California is telling students to not use terms such as “Chinese Virus.” The universities argue they’re being more inclusive. But when inclusivity and sensitivity trump clear language something is lost. Our institutions of higher education stray from their mission when they attempt to re-order reality instead of being accurate with language and teaching the truth.