If you are running a cult, your best means of preserving loyalty is to not let your followers leave the compound. But if you have to let them out of your sight, it is important that you prepare them to stay true to the faith by teaching them what to say. That will prepare them for ideological confrontation. If they start arguments, they are less likely to let their guard down and let their parents influence them.
Thus, Reason.com reports,
Fearful that students heading home for the holidays will have trouble discussing topical political issues with their families, Harvard University administrators have installed placemats in the cafeteria that tell students what they should say and think.
From The Harvard Crimson:
Dubbed “Holiday Placemat for Social Justice” and described as “a placemat guide for holiday discussions on race and justice with loved ones,” the placemats pose hypothetical statements on those topics and offer a “response” to each of those in a question and answer format. For example, under a section entitled “Yale/Student Activism,” the placemat poses the question, “Why are Black students complaining? Shouldn’t they be happy to be in college?” and suggests that students respond by saying, “When I hear students expressing their experiences on campus I don’t hear complaining.”
In the center of the placemat are what it calls “tips for talking to families,” with recommendations such as “Listen mindfully before formulating a thoughtful response” and “Breathe.”
The placemats are the handiwork of the college’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Freshman Dean’s Office, which means they carry the institutional endorsement of Harvard.
This made some students unhappy, but that too is a benefit of cult discipline. By giving instructions to your followers that will offend the doubters, you reinforce to your more loyal followers that those people are not to be trusted.
Think of it: The Harvard administration presumes to tell students what the correct position on the Syrian refugee crisis is (just to mention one example), and give them instructions on how to “evangelize” their parents. Obviously, Harvard is publicly declaring itself to be an institution of indoctrination, not education.
Harvard is not a university, but a cult.