By Duncan Richter
I don't think this has a name (until now!) but I imagine it's a familiar phenomenon. Here's an (extreme) example. When the school I teach at was preparing to admit women for the first time the question came up of what to do if a student got pregnant. One proposed solution was to have every student take a course in ethics, in which they would learn that pre-marital sex is wrong. Problem solved! There are various issues here, but I take it as obvious that the solution would not in fact solve the alleged problem in question. This does not stop similar mistakes being made. Just recently I saw a suggestion made that narrow-minded people should take a course on diversity. That would fix them. But--am I alone in thinking this?--surely it would not. I mean, it might, but it's not a sure thing.