Sunday, January 06, 2019

Do People Really Believe This?

I've said before that the American left probably doesn't believe half the things is posits.  Rather, there's a competition to see who can say the stupidest thing and have everyone else pretend to believe it.

Do people really believe such idiocy, or do they just like the attention?
American University is hosting a seminar next month to teach faculty how to assess writing without judging its quality. In the seminar’s own words: “grading ain’t just grading.”

It’s led by Asao Inoue, a University of Washington-Tacoma professor, and the purpose is to pursue “antiracist ends” through writing assessments...

Inoue’s publications on writing assessments suggest that he sees subconscious racism in standards, due to white students consistently outperforming black and Latino students.

“We must rethink how we assess writing, if we want to address the racism,” Inoue wrote in his 2015 book “Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future.”

In another paper, “A Grade-less Writing Course that Focuses on Labor and Assessing,” Inoue argues that writing teachers should “calculate course grades by labor completed and dispense almost completely with judgements [sic] of quality when producing course grades.”
So the way to achieve whatever racial ends are sought is to keep minority students uneducated? If this becomes more than one idiot's "look at me" seminar, then higher education is lost.


Anonymous said...

Great - let’s go back to the days of segregation and the old Irish Penal Laws, which denied education, among other things, to blacks and Irish Catholics, and which were designed to keep these groups in “their (subordinate) place”. Perish the thought that they be taught the language and writing skills that employers value! This kind of idiocy - among others - is what leads people, like potential employers, to question HS or college credentials.

Pseudotsuga said...

writing teachers should “calculate course grades by labor completed and dispense almost completely with judgements [sic] of quality when producing course grades.”

Well, that oughta make grading essays REAALLL easy! Labor completed = essay turned in? I don't even have to READ the essay, then!
A student writes it, and turns it in (as long as it's not plagiarized, mind), then it's good! A student completes all the essays for the course and turns them in? Then it's an A grade!
This must be how David "Camera" Hogg (the Parkland Florida high school shooting "survivor") got a 4.2 GPA and acceptance at Hahvahd.

Darren said...

How common was it to *forbid* slaves to learn to read in the antebellum American South?

Ellen K said...

Darren: I think it was against the law to teach slaves to read in some states. I'm not sure how that played out in real life, since obviously some of them would have acquired understanding of the written word and others would have learned through religious and other outlets. I do see the current trend of watering down upper level and AP coursework in order to allow more minority students to pass to be the type of liberal racism that seems to assume children of color are incapable of learning at a high level without the help of white liberals.

Anonymous said...

As a Latina, this is offensive to me. First, some liberal professor says that math is racist and latinos can't do math. Now, another liberal professor is saying that latinos can't write as well as whites so let's just give them an A anyway and not grade them on content and clarity? *facepalm*
This reminds me of the virtue signalling signs I used to see all over Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek that read "All are welcome here" with regards to refugees. Yeah, right. Like the government would ever settle refugees in neighborhoods like those. If they did, you'd see those limousine liberals quickly take down those signs and never accept "those people" being settled as their next door neighbors.
The left is full of $#!+. No, they don't believe their own BS. All they care about is virtue signalling.

Darren said...

President Bush called it "the soft bigotry of low expectations".