Thursday, May 18, 2017
Commonweal publishes Paul J; Griffiths' letter of resignation.
Paul J. Griffiths resigned from Duke University because of a flap over his remarks disparaging diversity training as a waste of time. Given that the professor was learned in other traditions besides Christianity, I'd guess that he was already appreciative of diversity. But I've been forced to take all kinds of such training: sexual harassment, human trafficking, AIDS, etc. As far a I know, the guys like me who found sexual harassment unprofessional before training still did . The unprofessional idiots who sexually harassed women in the workplace did not change after training. As far as I could tell, it was just a CYA check mark for the management that actually DID merely waste time. Whatever improvements in tolerance I've achieved, it was from reading, not training. I've always hated the word "training". There IS something overbearing and totalitarian in the word. If this was Professor Griffiths' objection, I agree.