Woke madness! Oxford University to 'decolonise' imperial measurements in new change

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This summer, undergraduates have been hired to conduct extensive research into how Oxford’s science curricula to make it ‘less tied’ to Britain’s past. The students – along with scholars – will draw up plans for lecturers to implement recommendations.
It comes amid accusations the mile, inch, yard, pound and ounce are “tied deeply to the idea of the Empire”.

The change will advocate a “cultural shift” in teaching to allow Oxford students’ to ‘broaden their learning’.

The plans aim to help students understand the “global historical and social context to scientific research” as well as assessing “historical work revising older narratives of scientific progress”.

Oxford University to decolonise imperial measurements in new change

Oxford University to decolonise imperial measurements in new change (Image: Getty)

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An Oxford spokesman said: “The university supports the diversifying STEM curriculum project, which is looking at how curricula might change to acknowledge questions of diversity and colonialism.

“We value the input of students into this work; all recommendations arising from the project will be referred to departments to consider next steps.”

According to The Telegraph, one curriculum addition to be considered is the “history of modern measurement, which is tied deeply to the idea of the ‘Empire’ and Imperial standardisation.”

The system of units were introduced in the 1824 British Weights and Measures Act, and by 1826 were widely adopted across the British Empire and Commonwealth.

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Since the colonial era, many countries have shifted to metric units of measurement but some African and South Asian nations still use limited forms of units such as gallons.

This week, the Government announced universities would face fines for silencing students and academics under the new free-speech legislation.

This comes after Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, warned the decolonisation of the curriculum mirrored the Soviet Union.

She told the Chopper’s Politics podcast: “The so-called decolonisation of the curriculum is, in effect, censoring history.

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“And, as a history student myself, I’m a vehement protector and champion of safeguarding our history.

“It otherwise becomes fiction, if you start editing it, taking bits out that we view as stains.

“A fundamental part of our history is about learning from it, not repeating the mistakes, being able to analyse and challenge why those events happened, how those decisions were made so that we don’t repeat those actions in the future.”

She added: “If we’re going down this road of taking bits out, are we then going to end up putting bits in that we wish had happened?

Universities minister Michelle Donelan

Universities minister Michelle Donelan (Image: Getty)

“It’s a very dangerous and odd road to go down, and certainly it has no place in our universities, I would argue, and it has no place in academic study.

“And it just doesn’t work when governments try to remove elements of history. Look at the Soviet Union, look at China.

“There are multiple examples where it’s been tried. It doesn’t work.

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“I’m all in favour of adding stuff into enriching our understanding of history, to adding in sources from less well known and often overlooked individuals in history.

“Let’s enrich our understanding and give our young people a fuller picture and a fuller and deeper understanding of our history.

“But most of the narrative that is coming out … is about removing elements of history, about whitewashing it and pretending that it never happened, which I just think is naive and almost irresponsible.”

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