New York State University says it won’t teach game theory
New York’s New York University has agreed to stop teaching game theory and cognitive psychology to its undergraduate students amid claims it’s being used to suppress free speech.
Key points:The university said it agreed to end the course for students with a disabilityThe university had previously rejected calls to stop the courseBut the decision comes after students staged a sit-in at the university on Wednesday in protest against the decisionThe university was the subject of a lawsuit filed last year by a group of students who claimed it used the course to suppress their free speechThe university’s decision came after the students staged an sit-down at the campus on Wednesday, protesting against the university’s stance.
“We are aware that this course is being taught to students who have disabilities, and we understand that it has some of the most complex learning environments and is used by a significant number of students with disabilities, including those with intellectual disabilities,” the university said in a statement.
“It is the responsibility of the individual to choose what course to take, and students must be given a full opportunity to do so.”
If students wish to continue taking the course, they should be able to do this without the fear that the course will be shut down because of their disability.
“The university has previously rejected claims that it’s trying to suppress speech.
But in a submission to the court last year, the students’ lawyer argued the course was being used by students to suppress discussion of free speech on campus.”
The purpose of the course is to teach students the fundamentals of how to apply knowledge in the real world to their problems,” lawyer Scott Seidman wrote.”
This is why it’s so important that the government and our court systems enforce the rights of the students who take the course.
“I’m hopeful that the court will not allow students to have to go through this exercise again.”‘
The whole point of the class is to educate students on the fundamentals’Scott Seidmann, student lawyerA spokesperson for the university declined to comment.
The class was introduced by the school in 2012.
It has since been expanded to include other subjects and has since offered other courses on topics such as economics, the environment, international relations and philosophy.
But it’s been criticised by some students, including one who said it was “racist and sexist”.
The university declined an interview request from News24, but in a recent email to students, the university argued that the class was “about the fundamentals” and said students should have a “full opportunity to choose” the courses they chose.
“Our goal is to make the curriculum a welcoming and accessible place for all students, whether they are in first year or graduate school, and not a place for students to be punished for their own beliefs or for their beliefs about what is important,” the email said.
“When students feel that they are not being given an adequate opportunity to take the classes, they have a right to protest, but it is up to us to help them through that process.”
Students were reportedly encouraged to write to the university and demand a change in the curriculum.
“Students should contact [the school] and tell them that they would like to see a change, and then they should contact the [campus] administration, the [New York State Department of Education] and the [Department of Education], to see if they can work something out,” said Seideman.