Stanford’s alternate version of this course, Physics 41E, boasts additional class time, as well as “learning assistants,” individuals with a “passion” for “education equity,” who are paid by the university to guide students through the difficult course. The university says this modified course helps to increase diversity in the field because “students from underrepresented groups often don’t have the same level of preparation from high school as their majority peers.” [...]
Other courses offered to bridge the supposed diversity problem at Stanford include two one-unit physics courses that address not physics itself, but rather concepts of diversity within the discipline.
“Physics 94SI: Diverse Perspectives in Physics” is a seminar course in which “physics faculty members from diverse backgrounds share the story of their lives and careers.” Physics majors can earn academic credit by learning “what it is like to be a female professor” or “a faculty member raised first-generation/low income.” The course takes place “over lunch” and consists of a discussion of the “lives and career trajectories” of various “diverse” professors.
Richard Feynman must be rolling over in his grave.
What's next? "Math 420: How much weed gets you high?" is a dope course in which mathematics faculty members from diverse backgrounds share their stories on a comfy couch. Math majors can earn credit by learning "what it is like to be a stoner" or "how Newton was a Nazi." The course takes place "over bongs" and consists of a discussion of the "pro and cons of sativa vs. indica."
Next semester? "Math 420EV: Edibles and Vapes are the bomb, yo!"