Sometimes, you just need to know a bad investment when you see it. For many, it comes when they first see the idea, others need to see the concept fail. The Senators in the great state of Wyoming have seen the concept that is the women’s studies and the gender studies programs at their state universities, and they are going to pass.
This is a vote that is long overdue in many states. These programs offer nothing more than very biased information and do not offer a complete education. Students do not emerge from these courses with new skillsets that are going to give them careers. It’s a lot like a philosophy degree; the only people earning them and using them are the people teaching others about them.
Republican state Sen. Cheri Steinmetz is responsible for the amendment. She spoke with the Senate this past Friday. “You have a handout at your desk, and it’s one that has caused me to lose some sleep…I just have to ask you, what are we doing here at the University of Wyoming with these courses? I would ask for your favorable consideration to direct our funds in a more appropriate manner for taxpayer dollars and ask for your favorable consideration just vote your conscience on this one, because my conscience won’t let me sleep without addressing it here in this body today.”
State Sen. Steinmetz is correct to be asking this question, and she’s right to not sleep with this issue looming over their heads. Wyoming is a state that already has multiple things working against their budgets. They have a dwindling population compared to many other states, they have a significant Native American population that, in turn, also receives tax-exempt status, and their state’s expenditures are having to rob Peter to pay Paul as it is.
GOP Senate Education Committee Chairman state Sen. Charles Scott also sees these programs for what they are. “This is an extremely biased, ideologically driven program that I can’t see any academic legitimacy to. I think we’ll hear complaints about how we’re interfering in the internals of the university, but I think what we’re really doing is sending them a message that they need to clean up their act in terms of the quality of the instruction that’s being given.”
What Chairman Scott needs to remember is that while they may complain, they aren’t right to be complaining. While it may be their right, they are complaining about the wrong things. It’s not them having the programs – that’s not the problem. It’s them having funding from the state that is the real issue. The state is expected to fund degree programs, certifications, and other trainings that help the state to retain workers, expand the business reach of their companies, and get things done. Not just drain their state budget.
There have been counterarguments to ending any collegiate funding across the U.S. previously. A degree in these fields could give someone a leg up in going for something like human resources or public health administration. However, in many of these situations, the people have a degree in HR, public health administration, or something else. Gender and women’s studies are just the cherry on top for people in these fields, not the whole basis of their education.
It shouldn’t be the cornerstone of their education, either. These brainwashing programs can help inform someone who has no experience with these new socially constructed genders, or who has problems listening to the opinions of women. However, for most people in 2022, these concerns are fading away, and as such, these programs as degrees need to as well. Perhaps if they revamped them and made them more inclusive and less biased, they would be able to get funding again.