Oxford University to Decolonize Imperial Measures in New Change | UK

Oxford University to Decolonize Imperial Measures in New Change | UK

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This summer, undergraduates were hired to conduct extensive research into how Oxford’s science programs to make them ‘less tied’ to Britain’s past. Students – along with academics – will make plans for faculty to implement recommendations.

It comes amid accusations that the mile, inch, yard, pound, and ounce are “deeply connected with the idea of ​​Empire.”
The change will advocate a ‘cultural shift’ in education to allow Oxford students to ‘broaden their learning’.

The plans aim to help students understand “the overall historical and social context of scientific research” as well as to assess “historical work revising older accounts of scientific progress”.

Oxford University to Decolonize Imperial Measures in New Change (Image: Getty)

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An Oxford spokesperson said: “The university is supporting the STEM Diversification Program project, which examines how curricula might change to accommodate issues of diversity and colonialism.
“We appreciate the contribution of the students to this work; all recommendations arising from the project will be returned to departments for consideration of next steps. “

According to The Telegraph, an addition to the program to consider is “the history of modern measurement, which is deeply tied to the idea of ​​’Empire’ and imperial standardization.”

The system of units was introduced in the British Weights and Measures Act of 1824 and in 1826 was widely adopted in the British Empire and the Commonwealth.

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Since the colonial era, many countries have switched to metric units of measure, but some countries in Africa and South Asia still use limited forms of units such as gallons.

This week, the government announced that universities would face fines for silencing students and academics under new free speech legislation.

It comes after Michelle Donelan, the Minister of Universities, warned that the decolonization of the curriculum mirrors the Soviet Union.

She told the Chopper’s Politics podcast: “The so-called decolonization of the program is, in fact, a censorship of history.

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“And, myself, a history student, I am a protector and a vocal champion of saving our history.

“Otherwise it becomes fiction, if you start modifying it, removing pieces that we consider to be blemishes.

“A fundamental part of our history is learning from them, not repeating mistakes, being able to analyze and challenge why these events happened, how these decisions were made so that we do not repeat these actions over and over again. to come up. “

She added, “If we go this route of removing pieces, are we going to end up putting pieces into what we wish we had happened?

Minister of Universities Michelle Donelan

Minister of Universities Michelle Donelan (Image: Getty)

“It’s a very dangerous and strange road to take, and it certainly has no place in our universities, I would say, and it has no place in university studies.

“And it just doesn’t work when governments try to take things out of history. Look at the Soviet Union, look at China.

“There are several examples where this has been tried. It does not work.

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Black Lives Matter protests swept across the country last year (Image: Getty)

“I am very much in favor of adding things to enrich our understanding of history, adding sources from lesser known and often overlooked individuals in history.

“Let us enrich our understanding and give our young people a fuller picture and an increasingly complete understanding of our history.

“But most of the narrative that comes out … is about removing elements of the story, laundering it and pretending it never happened, which I find just naive and almost irresponsible.” “


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