Mandatory Indoctrination: UC San Diego’s Climate Change Education Requirement

Continuing the transformation of universities from education to indoctrination centers, the University of California, San Diego, has announced the Jane Teranes Climate Change Education Requirement (JTCCER) for incoming first-year students, starting fall 2024. This requirement, approved by the Academic Senate, is a clear example of the university’s shift from fostering critical thinking to promoting a singular ideological agenda.

The Facade of Empowerment

The JTCCER is presented under the doublespeak guise of “empowering students with knowledge and skills”, however, by mandating a specific viewpoint on a complex and multifaceted issue, UC San Diego is effectively narrowing the intellectual horizons of its students, guiding them towards a predetermined conclusion rather than encouraging open inquiry.

Indoctrination Disguised as Education

The requirement does not increase the number of courses for graduation, but it does increase the ideological load.

Courses approved to satisfy the JTCCER will overlap with general education or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) courses, as well as courses that apply to major and minor requirements.

Courses approved for the JTCCER will overlap with general education or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) courses, as well as major and minor requirements. This integration ensures that the climate change narrative permeates various aspects of the undergraduate curriculum, leaving little room for dissenting perspectives or critical analysis.

The Illusion of Choice

While the list of courses satisfying the JTCCER will be made publicly available, the real choice is illusory. The courses, undoubtedly, will be designed to align with the prevailing climate change orthodoxy, offering a one-sided view of a highly debatable field. This approach stifles academic freedom and critical thinking, turning education into a tool for ideological conformity.

Honoring Ideology over Inquiry

The JTCCER is named in honor of the late Jane Teranes, a teaching professor known for her contributions to climate change education. It symbolizes the university’s commitment to a specific ideological stance, rather than a dedication to unbiased academic inquiry.

The Future of Academic Freedom

The formation of a new Senate committee to oversee the JTCCER’s implementation is a concerning development. It indicates a long-term commitment to embedding this ideological stance in the university’s curriculum. The committee’s role in finalizing criteria for JTCCER courses further consolidates the control over what perspectives are deemed acceptable.

Conclusion: A Step Towards Ideological Uniformity

UC San Diego’s JTCCER is another in a long line of troubling steps towards ideological uniformity and intellectual conformity. The ongoing shift from education to indoctrination, where students are molded into ideologically aligned activists rather than being equipped with the critical thinking skills necessary to navigate complex issues, has become of hallmark of universities nationwide.

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Joseph Zorzin
December 24, 2023 10:18 am

and nobody at that university is challenging it?

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 24, 2023 10:44 am

One gets fired for denying that at there are over 100 genders.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Scissor
December 24, 2023 11:15 am

If they keep it up there will soon be as many genders as there are mental disorders defined in the DSM :<)

Joe Gordon
Reply to  Joe Crawford
December 24, 2023 11:31 am

Winston Smith has been directed to reduce the next DSM to one page (an entry for Trump). All in the name of neurodiversity, neuroequity and neuroinclusion.

To say otherwise is ableism and congitivism. Which means expulsion for anyone who dares challenge the proliferation of gender and insanity.

The gender unicorn is already infinite, by the way. They be powered by the collective wind of an entire generation.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Scissor
December 24, 2023 11:57 am

This is just returning the university to its roots. A place to inculcate faith in the established religion.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 24, 2023 11:02 am

Trofim Lysenko is sardonically laughing in his grave.

Thinking, “Their science and propaganda is even worse than mine, yet they are still accumulating power.”

Tom Abbott
Reply to  pillageidiot
December 24, 2023 1:15 pm

Lysenko would have loved to have had the global internet back in his day, along with financing from billionaires of similar ideological pursuasion. He could really sell his message then, like alarmist climate change is sold today.

Boff Doff
December 24, 2023 10:21 am

The fun now is to observe the effect this authoritarian foolishness is going to have in the long term. Such boneheadedness has been attempted many times and the result has always been rejection. Apart from the Mo Enthusiast areas obviously.

My guess is that dimwitted lefturd LibArts professors will be sent packing eventually but it’s just an opinion.

Tom Halla
December 24, 2023 10:25 am

It should be named after Trofim Lysenko, not Jane Teranes.

Reply to  Tom Halla
December 24, 2023 10:39 am

 The Hitlerjugend Climate Change Education Requirement (HCCER) would be very fitting.

Tom Halla
Reply to  ToldYouSo
December 24, 2023 10:41 am

The NSDAP were bigtime greens, as well.

Reply to  Tom Halla
December 24, 2023 10:46 am

Just so, although I understand they were largely recognized by their Golden Party Badge 😉

Joe Gordon
Reply to  ToldYouSo
December 24, 2023 11:41 am

Hitler’s minions documented everything very carefully. Today’s brownshirts can’t read or write.

But perhaps their ChatGPT has been programmed to generate records of those who dare ask questions.

When their homes are being looted and former citizens are sent to the reeducation camps (UCSD being one of them), the brownshirts will just hold out their smart phones in salute and all the documenting will be done for them.

Reply to  Tom Halla
December 24, 2023 11:04 am

Tom, I made the exact same comment as you, before I had scrolled far enough to see yours!

December 24, 2023 10:28 am

The US federal government MUST establish a maximum number of credit hours for 2 year, 4 year, master’s and doctorate degrees at 60, 120, 180, and 240 hours for the “school” to receive any federal grant or “college loan” monies.

US must set limits on funding degrees which have no employment potential, which, after cutting federal departments by 50% and other spending for NGOs, welfare, EPA etc. would end federal funding for envirowaco and social degrees since the fields are already overfull with graduates.

Finally, require applicants for the forest service or BLM and any other still similar extant departments to have actual degrees in forestry, mining, geology, animal husbandry, etc. that actually apply to managing the lands for the purpose of benefiting the US population.

THEN all the liberals in the employee of the “higher learning” institutions can fight over the 1/10th of the current jobs left.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Drake
December 24, 2023 11:20 am

Nah… Just make the universities responsible for any defaults. That would sort out the garbage courses and degrees pretty quickly. :<)

Reply to  Drake
December 24, 2023 12:53 pm

“The US federal government MUST establish….” I’m from the government and I’m here to hel0?

Reply to  Drake
December 24, 2023 1:15 pm

Drake…all these people only echo what they hear.
They cannot understand the science and economics and security threat “green” propaganda has caused.

So start the firings ( shaming, cancelling,..) with the hard science cowards and then fire all the administrators and boards that endorsed this malarky.

Don’t limit the firings to “education” folks, go after the radical regulators, too.

It should be fairly easy to show the bill so far…add up all the wasted taxpayer and deficit raising rebates, funding, credits, contracts, etc….
The economic harm done by “green” is immense.
The national security threat is even more.

general custer
Reply to  Drake
December 24, 2023 1:18 pm

Since even private universities are showered with federal benefits, all higher education institutions should be forbidden to train students in fallacies. For example, the math department shouldn’t be able to demand that 2+2=5 is the correct answer on the mid-terms. By the way, what sort of instruction was given to the US citizens of Japanese and German descent during their WWII internment?

December 24, 2023 10:28 am

Just wondering . . . does UC San Diego now also hand out brown shirts that all entering freshmen are required to wear?

Reply to  ToldYouSo
December 24, 2023 10:47 am

No but you can pick up some free tampons in the men’s restrooms and lockerrooms.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Scissor
December 24, 2023 12:15 pm

A guy can’t always predict when he’s going to have his period, Scissor. What are saying exactly?

Reply to  Scissor
December 24, 2023 12:29 pm

“Men’s restrooms”???. . . gee, I thought the naming convention nowadays is “unisex”, or perhaps to be more PC about it: “polysex”.

Reply to  Scissor
December 24, 2023 4:53 pm

“you can pick up some free tampons in the men’s restrooms and lockerroom”

oh, I thought they were funny-tasting cigarettes !!! (:-()

December 24, 2023 10:35 am

I will always Be This Guy.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Tommy2b
December 24, 2023 12:13 pm


Reply to  Rich Davis
December 24, 2023 12:38 pm

Being that guy will line you up for the UC San Diego concentration camp soon to follow to house all “non-conforming” freshmen. UCSD has a large, lovely campus so there’s plenty of room for the facility without having relocate such to a “field location”.

I understand that, as of now, ovens in the facility are optional.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ToldYouSo
December 24, 2023 1:24 pm

Being that guy, he wouldn’t enroll in UC San Diego.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tommy2b
December 24, 2023 1:23 pm

I love that guy and that picture.

A mind of his own, and not afraid to show it. Defiant even. My kind of guy!

Joe Gordon
December 24, 2023 10:41 am

Universities are creating armies of brownshirts. It’s not just in Massachusetts and California, though that’s where the religion is strongest.

It’s bad now. When they obtain a leader and take over a major political party (seems likely it will be the Democrats), we’re headed for an October Revolution and Bolshevism across the land. That’s what they want.

Reply to  Joe Gordon
December 24, 2023 11:10 am

With thousands of PLA aged Chinese men entering the U.S. monthly, it seems like it’s a plan in action.

Reply to  Joe Gordon
December 24, 2023 3:04 pm

Just this morning I watched this Greg Hunter interview with Alex Neuman who recently attended Cop 28 :

Rud Istvan
December 24, 2023 10:41 am

Adding mandatory Climate change to mandatory DEI for all undergrads is what one expects from California. Not a good look.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
December 24, 2023 11:46 am

Will there be any time left to study anything that will be useful after graduation?

Reply to  MarkW
December 24, 2023 2:52 pm

No need, the government has created millions of jobs for useless liberal arts graduates.

I mean when the government requires continuous updates of employee diversity and sex training, not the good kind, there are always lots of jobs for the useless.

December 24, 2023 10:55 am

Are questions allowed?

Reply to  ResourceGuy
December 24, 2023 11:06 am

Did you just frame your objection in the form of a question?

Off to the camps for you, comrade! No questions are allowed.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
December 24, 2023 11:12 am

It’s off to a boxcar for you.

December 24, 2023 11:00 am

Just so you know, there are portraits and stories of the early German residents of the death camps who did not sign the allegiance papers.

December 24, 2023 11:25 am

The quake can’t come soon enough.

David S
December 24, 2023 11:41 am

Has anyone noticed that our beautiful free country is rapidly becoming a tyranny of the worst sort? Its a tyranny where free thinking is not tolerated, free elections are not allowed and the justice system is not used for justice but to destroy innocent people.

J Boles
December 24, 2023 12:26 pm

The hard core indoctrinators are really doubling down! Pass the popcorn please!

December 24, 2023 12:53 pm

I would be willing to bet that there are dozens of contributors and readers of this site that could trounce any instructor teaching the class. Sign up for the class and take the teacher to school.

Coeur de Lion
December 24, 2023 1:03 pm

Narrowing narrowing narrowing everything down to reducing atmospheric CARBON DIOXIDE, then there’s not a chance!

John Hultquist
December 24, 2023 1:24 pm

Prof. Jane T. died at a young age.
She will never get the chance to recant.
To be honest, I have no idea what she believed or taught.
Anyway, none of this has a good smell.

December 24, 2023 1:56 pm

I taught at UCLA starting in 1973. I taught pathology to dental students. This was during the affirmative action era and at that time even women were considered. I arrived July 1973 and immediately was tasked with reviewing course materials for 28 students who received a non pass. All were admitted through AA. My opinion was that a number should never have been admitted at all. And I was proven right as many of those struggled though out the ensuing years.
The admin and some of the faculty would not do what was necessary and dismiss those who basically failed much of the curriculum. Unfortunately, they were foisted on the public because of the cowardice of both the administrators and the faculty.
I believe things have only gotten worse since then.The politics of academics drove me nuts particularly with endless meetings whose subjects could have been dealt with in 10 minutes rather than the hours they sometimes took. complete waste of time. I left and went into a surgery residency. Much better!

December 24, 2023 2:03 pm

“We are in the fight of our lives.” Konstantin Kisen at ARC an moth ago.

Edward Katz
December 24, 2023 2:16 pm

This is one of the reasons why universities are losing so much of their credibility these days because few institutions like them get onto woke bandwagons faster. It’s another reason that degrees from these schools don’t carry much more weight than high school diplomas in the past. Requirements like these also serve as a reminder that maybe most of these schools serve as little more than repositories for kids that aren’t ready to join the labor force yet. So while they’re there why not force-feed them a little leftist propaganda, particularly when leftist institutions like environmental groups make contributions to these schools.

Reply to  Edward Katz
December 24, 2023 2:56 pm

Millionaires and billionaires who hope to make lots more money on the “climate crisis” also make big grants to the universities.

general custer
Reply to  Edward Katz
December 24, 2023 4:40 pm

According to Ivan Illich, the western education system is the longest and most expensive initiation rite in world history.

Steve Case
December 24, 2023 7:07 pm

Academic Senate, is a clear example of the university’s shift from

fostering critical thinking to promoting a singular ideological agenda.


You mean promoting propaganda right?

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