White, Male Penn Students Called On Last In Some Classrooms

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Authored by Nathan Rubbelke via TheCollegeFix.com,

‘Progressive stacking’ not new, not isolated to Penn...

The backlash may be new, but the method is not.

Controversy erupted recently after tweets from an Ivy League teaching assistant showed her admitting she only calls on white male students as a last resort.

“I will always call on my black women students first. Other [people of color] get second tier priority. [White women] come next. And, if I have to, white men,” University of Pennsylvania teaching assistant Stephanie McKellop tweeted in October.

McKellop’s tweets spotlight a method known as the “progressive stack” in which speaking priority is given to minority voices while those deemed as having privilege must wait their turn.

McKellop’s comments ignited a firestorm over the controversial teaching method and prompted her university to look into the situation, but a College Fix review of online documentation shows McKellop is far from the first instructor to employ the “progressive stack” in the classroom.

Use of the progressive stack, which is lauded by advocates as amplifying oppressed voices and criticized by others as discriminatory, has been used in college classrooms for years, and has roots in liberal activism.

The College Fix review found several instances in which scholars have engaged in the practice. Additionally, a sociology professor told Inside Higher Ed progressive stacking dates back at least a couple decades.

In an email to The College Fix, University of New Mexico psychology professor Geoffrey Miller denounced the “progressive stack” method and said it will further alienate universities from their stakeholders.

“It’s obvious that universities feel deeply embarrassed when whistle-blowers publicize that progressive stacking is being used in their classrooms; they know that parents, alumni, legislators, and taxpayers can see how discriminatory it is, and will withdraw financial support if it continues,” Miller said.

The method has been met with resistance by students as well. It drew complaints in one college course because students felt it “silenced straight white male students on the basis of their identities,” according to an article published by the course’s instructors.

According to the conservative website Legal Insurrection, the tactic traces back at least to the well-known Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

“It has been a core part of progressive and academic organizing at least since the Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011,” the website states.

A 2011 article from the liberal magazine The Nation highlighted how Occupy Wall Street protesters used progressive stacking as a means to allow those from “traditionally marginalized groups” to speak at events.

“In other words: women and minorities get to go to the front of the line,” the article explains.

The use of the “progressive stack” in Occupy Wall Street appears to have fueled its use on campus in a few of the cases identified by The Fix.

In a 2014 essay published online, then-UC Berkeley Ph.D candidate Genevieve Painter explained how the Occupy Wall Street movement taught her “how to occupy my own classroom” and explains how she and her colleagues “brought techniques from the movement” into a course.

One of those techniques included the “progressive stack” method, which Painter mentions was used by a professor she assisted in a legal theory course to moderate discussion. Painter inferred that white male students were actually called on first since they were a minority in the class.

“Afterwards, we discussed how students felt – particularly given that, in a classroom populated largely by women, the progressive stack entailed giving speaking priority to the white men in the room,” she wrote.

Painter did not respond to a request seeking comment.

In a 2013 article published in the journal “Radical Teacher,” a cohort of instructors who taught an “Occupy Wall Street-inspired” course admit to using the progressive stack in the class.

In their article, the professors explain they moderated discussion in their “#occupyyoureducation” course by “calling on those who had not spoken (or rarely spoke), women, queer-identified students, and students of color before we called on regular talkers, white, straight, and/or male students.”

However, the method was met with criticism from some students who complained progressive stacking muzzled white men in the class. In their article, the instructors said the complaints led to a meeting with their department chair and that they “took this opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about the class.”

Two of the course’s instructors, who now teach at different universities, did not respond to emails from The College Fix regarding their use of the progressive stack method.

In 2015, Saint Mary’s University professor Jody Haiven said at a panel discussion on misogyny that women should be allowed to speak first in public settings. Haiven, a management professor, said she practiced the technique in her own teaching, according to a news article.

[[n] the management department, women get to speak first. I think that that is a primary issue that we actually have to look at, how to do question and answer [periods]. And we can start today,” she said.

When probed about whether that tactic could lead to sexism against men, Haiven reportedly said “yes, I suppose at some point that could happen.”

Haiven did not respond to a request seeking comment.

The “progressive stack” method was also used at a 2014 conference on “Transnational Feminisms” that was hosted for scholars at Ohio State University.

“Since some people feel more comfortable than others in settings like these, we ask facilitators to keep a ‘progressive stack’ of speakers, asking those who have already spoken in the session to wait until all others have spoken once before speaking again,” the conference’s welcome packet states.

The packet asks “all participants to privilege the voices of those who might easily be marginalized in academic conversations in the [U.S.].” It goes on to list students, foreigners, non-native English speakers, junior faculty members and the disabled as those who fall under that category.

Amid McKellop’s tweets about her use of the “progressive stack” method, scholars rallied to her defense on social media and defended her use of the technique. They include Cornell Ph.D candidate Jesse Goldberg, who tweeted that he uses the progressive stack in courses he teaches.

In a series of tweets, Goldberg said the progressive stack is an “established method of facilitating discussion.”

“It’s based on the social fact that in conversation, people who signify as being of marginalized identities are talked over constantly,” he said.

Goldberg added that “the method is flawed” but refuted accusations it’s discriminatory.

Yet other scholars disagree.

“Most academics strive to maintain an environment where everyone can speak as opposed to stack participation to address social patterns or bias. Each student must be treated equally — not de-prioritized due to his association with a racial or gender group,” writes famed law professor Jonathan Turley. “While there are an array of social ills outside of the classroom, we maintain an equality of thought and status as a basic component of high education. Moreover, our students come to our schools to be treated equally — not to find themselves the ongoing social experiment of people like McKellop.”

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Mena Arkansas's picture

It's not racism if it's straight white males!

Check your white privilege, goy!!

How dare you forget slavery and the holocost!!!

Now go to the back of the bus and shut up or we'll kill you!!!!

Teamtc321's picture

How do you say Educated Idiot? It's rampad in almost every field. Go Fuck yourself you Libtard prick's. You are the dumbest sack of shit at the the table, ALWAY'S. 

DennisR's picture

Sue the racist fuc*ers.

Juggernaut x2's picture

I'm sure you'll get a fair judge in the uber-liberal NE US

RussianSniper's picture

Guessing we're not talking about math, science, engineering, or business classes.

The intolerant leftists make their mark in the women's studies and education majors.

Many of those indoctrinated will likely be "teaching" unsuspecting children in the near future.

2Blondboys's picture

Progressives love to say the social sciences are for the thinkers.

attila404's picture

White women are one step above white men in the Oppression Olympics. So maybe they should stop voting with their vagina now.

2Blondboys's picture

Yup, white progressive women think they will always be the darlings never anticipating they will be next.

Code Duello's picture

...."Use of the progressive stack, which is lauded by advocates as amplifying oppressed voices..."

In the Consitutional USA there is no such thing as an "oppressed voice".  Only in the eyes of the prejudiced cultural-Marxist does that term exist and have meaning.  To all others it's meaningless and to those others they should ignore and reject anyone's use of the term.

Northern Lights's picture

Jesus, this is fucked up.  Thank God I never saw this when I was in university.  At that time, no one wanted to answer any of the profs questions.  Most were more than happy to sit there doing nothing and let someone else talk.  A question would be posed, and there would be dead silence.  No kidding.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

True. Most of the time in my classes the people raising their hands had stupid questions that should have been asked after class so not to waste class time, wanted to impress the professor in a nauseating Eddie Haskell fawning or just to steer the professor off topic.

Once in a great while some woman would have an absolute meltdown. Now those were fun to watch. One woman in my basic biology class raised her hand and was infuriated all population growth studies were based on the number of females and not males claiming sexism. After the professor presented the reasons for this in a quite a subtlety demeaning way, she flounced out of the room. We all had a good laugh and the professor quipped how some majors don't mesh well with science. I knew I had found my home.


Davidduke2000's picture

regardless what they do to them, whites still have the higher IQ.

falconflight's picture

That didn't stop totalitarians from taking over, anywhere.

Sizzurp's picture

Whites build a country that is the envy of the world, then get shit on for it.

Obsidian Samctum's picture

Have you even fucking traveled outside of US or europe? White male are worshipped. I really do not know what the fuck you guys are complaining about. I really dont and I stopped trying to find out.

techpriest's picture

I have traveled to China quite a bit, and you are right on that mark. In an upscale Chinese mall, all the makeup posters show white women, and very few Asian women, as examples of great beauty.

The "complaining" has two parts. First, the legitimate part, is that part of American culture is a great mass of "the average" which is constantly trying to tear down anyone who is outside of the average, both low and high. The second, less legitimate part, comes from the political class constantly encouraging people to blame others for their problems. So, the black man blames white men as if racism is the cause of his problems, and the white man blames black men as if affirmative action (code for antiwhite racism) is the cause of his problems.

2Blondboys's picture

Progressives felt guilt and thus began our decline. The policies reacting to guilt are getting worse and worse.

Blue Steel 309's picture

If they didn't pack stadiums for lectures, this wouldn't be an issue. Class sizes greater than 25 should be a crime for universities taking federal aid money.

DEMIZEN's picture

i would have walked out the door but that is just me.

The_Dude's picture

Wait...What if the white male is a fag?  Keeping my loser hierarchy in order is so confusing sometimes!

shimmy's picture

This is what happens when you let man hating feminazi lesbians be teachers or aids. She's a clear lesbo based on her pic here:



The_Dude's picture

Holy trigger warning, Batman!

techpriest's picture

The eyes... she looks like someone who is going to flip and start screaming/throwing things at any moment.

Falconsixone's picture

Already knows it all after being out for a year or two. Taught by racists to be racist. Her opinion wont save her from hate from all colors now so maybe she is a smart psychologist (become the enemy to bring colors together)....I doubt it, tho I hope that's what happens even if she takes credit for it while hating her father.

Cardinal Fang's picture

History is not a hard science.

They can make up any shit they want to promote any narrative they want.

This person's 'interpretation' of history is no better than yours or mine.

This whole 'progressive stacking' thing is just another method of dumbing down our society through lowering standards.

BarkingCat's picture

She she lists her BS but not Master's.  What is the big secret.

By the way I find extremely offencive that she's referring to a degree in history and psychology as a Bachelor of Science.


Crawdaddy's picture

Admitedly not everyone has the chance to make a stand to call bullshit on things like this...but for those in a position to speakup but don't? Where are they? Is media so controlled it is entirely possible guys and girls call this kind of bullshit out but it is buried to psyop us into thinking nobody cares. Where are stories of anyone getting rage fired for standing up to the vajayay police? Where are the counter suits? The lack of evidence that any of this is real makes me thnk the whole thing is bullshit.

VWAndy's picture

 Im guessin thats how the grades are given out also. Been there done that.

BarkingCat's picture

Same here. I took an English Literature course and the professor was a black guy with a chip on his shoulder. 

I got a C+ for what should have been an A. 

He only did black authors and poets. Only after the semester did it occur to me that he must have been one of these black liberation educators.

freedom1798's picture

Where I live, it is almost impossible for niggers and women to shut up.

Boonster's picture

Yes and so much verbiage but very little content.

venturen's picture

I enjoy answer the questions....as white male...it is enjoyable watching the others struggle...If you called the white male first....then you wouldn't get a chance to call the others

bloofer's picture

I always considered calling on (perhaps "disadvantaged") people who obviously didn't know the answer--or who were asleep, daydreaming, doodling, passing notes, or forgot to bring their book due to illiteracy--as a method commonly employed by teachers to bully the classroom morons.

The only possible reason to preferentially call on the morons is to publicly humiliate them.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Adolph Hitler first targeted the academics and intellectuals for elimination.

The fact that these academics just happened to be 'jewish' was merely incidental.

falconflight's picture

Do you have any evidence that German academia was Chock full of Jooos in the 1930's?

serotonindumptruck's picture

Could I offer 6 million lies as evidence?

falconflight's picture

Thx for the confirmation; As ill equiped to debate as a social justice warrior-fat black pregnant female on EBT.  Congratulations

serotonindumptruck's picture

Is that supposed to make me feel bad?

It doesn't.

My opinion is backed up by historical facts, whereas your opinion is backed up by historical revisionism.

Falconsixone's picture

Wrong. Backed by bull shit history beaten in to you by lying jews to be brought up as needed. Keep waking up

serotonindumptruck's picture

So now we are violating the 4th Rule of Fight Club.

Only two guys to a fight.

You jews are like a bunch of fucking niggers.

You gang up and beat someone to death for being White.

falconflight's picture

But the Niggers are eating your lunch and you are too cucked to do anything but jackoff at ZH.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Yeah, I'm jacking off.

Eat my spunk, you bitch.

falconflight's picture

You don't have any, you're an impotent racial huckster...Like Adolph and Heindrich.

Falconsixone's picture

Can you read or just talk out your spastic colon?

falconflight's picture

Historical fact, oh my...and the historical "facts" sources would be competing with literally thousands upon thousands of books, studies, articles, film footage, documentation versus David Duke and Company and DerStromer, eh? Talking about revisionism.  Hey TCM has a movie beginning in a few minutes about Nazis  undermining American liberation of Belgium.  "The Master Race" Hurry, yo folks are headlining tonight.  Starting right now

serotonindumptruck's picture

Historical revisionism is a wonderful thing, isn't it?

I mean, you could fabricate any story that you want, regardless of any factual evidence to the contrary.

Must be nice to be "The Chosen Ones".

falconflight's picture

I am seriously considering converting, cause I too want to be a Master of the Universe.

Mena Arkansas's picture

Do you have any evidence they weren't?

falconflight's picture

I don't have to disprove a negative.  The one making the declaration bears the burden.  GED?

Mena Arkansas's picture

That's what I thought. You got nothing.