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American University Tells Faculty to Disregard
‘Quality’ of Writing When Grading

Breitbart Tech, by Tom Ciccotta

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/11/2019 2:49:46 PM

A seminar at American University in February will instruct faculty members to disregard a student’s “quality” of writing when grading their papers. According to a report from The College Fix, an upcoming seminar at American University will ask professors to disregard a student’s “quality” of writing when grading their assignments. The seminar, which will be conducted by University of Washington-Tacoma Professor Asao Inoue, will include a variety of lectures that will encourage professors to disregard the quality of writing from students. One event will encourage professors to recognize “white language supremacy” is perpetuated by standard grading practices. This plenary will


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Tusker, 1/11/2019 2:54:44 PM     (No. 11889855)

Idiots leading idiots from behind.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: another_clinton, 1/11/2019 2:57:39 PM     (No. 11889857)

Alll i kno is our edumcation systme just aint what it usd to b.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: HerbVA, 1/11/2019 2:57:51 PM     (No. 11889858)

These colleges admit transparently unqualified attendees ( not students) under affirmative action, then have to downgrade curricula and the grading system to let them get through. Then if one points out those facts and questions the abilities of the AA beneficiaries he is, of course, a racist.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Penney, 1/11/2019 3:03:30 PM     (No. 11889862)

The university is making itself irrelevant. ...Sort of like the media´s Acosta types.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cartcart, 1/11/2019 3:14:54 PM     (No. 11889869)

$48,259 tuition. For that, you can write pure pap and get an A+, but you may not learn to write well. What a waste of money that is.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nashman, 1/11/2019 3:19:23 PM     (No. 11889873)

Not going to keep American business from hiring or firing them after they find they´re illiterate. What feels good one minute, gets you your lifetime job working graveyard at a 7/11 the next.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/11/2019 3:23:46 PM     (No. 11889879)

I advise employers to disregard degrees from American University, because of the lack of quality.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: 68BattleofBealeVet, 1/11/2019 3:27:39 PM     (No. 11889882)

Who dat say who dat when I say who dat? s/off

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 1/11/2019 3:28:01 PM     (No. 11889883)

It would seem to me if I were still hiring employees for my company and this sort of information would have been made public at that time, I would simply have given every prospective employee a required written description of their last year in college along with an outline of what they expect to accomplish during their employment with my company.

That would settle the matter of my concerns about that employee writing a letter to our customers. I believe that will soon become mandatory in all screeners processing.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mathman, 1/11/2019 3:28:17 PM     (No. 11889884)

Oh, goody.
A degree from AU certifies that you are illiterate.
What could possibly go wrong?
M.A. = Affirmative Action.
Hire this person at your peril.
It is certainly politically correct of AU to do this.
But it sinks the brand just like the German subs sank the Allied shipping in WWII.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: qr4j, 1/11/2019 3:30:06 PM     (No. 11889886)

If our national language were some African dialect or Papua New Guinean dialect or Spanish or Hindi or other non-European language, we would still need to know how to write well. We would still need to know what good grammar and spelling look like. We would still need to understand at least basic syntax.

In America, we speak ENGLISH. That´s not a white thing. That´s not a European thing. It´s a "fact" thing!

The American University and this lecturer from the University of Washington-Tacoma do a DISSERVICE to students when they do not insist on an adequate mastery of the English language.

People who do not communicate well, by spoken and written means, have a much tougher time excelling in life. It is an abuse of students not to insist on good language skills. Rather than dumb-down the curriculum, we should be helping students learn good language skills.

Excellence is what we should strive for. That is REAL education, not the bull stool that passes for education -- apparently -- at the American University and the University of Washington-Tacoma.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Highlander, 1/11/2019 3:35:47 PM     (No. 11889893)

Sometimes students hand me crappy s__t I can’t read. When I point that out, the answer is, “Well, I wrote it, didn’t I?” as if that is all they’re required to do. Whatever happened to striving upward? Now, we’re just sliding down a greased ramp.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 1/11/2019 3:39:49 PM     (No. 11889901)

Implementing AOC standards.....

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Reply 14 - Posted by: kono, 1/11/2019 3:45:18 PM     (No. 11889905)

If this is accurate and hasn´t already been forcibly reversed by protests, then I move that we change the places name to the Unamerican University.

Liberal Arts advocates USED to say that literacy and liberty go hand in hand.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: kono, 1/11/2019 3:45:58 PM     (No. 11889906)

* place´s

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Pete Stone, 1/11/2019 4:06:07 PM     (No. 11889927)

I might have heard of American University, but I had no idea where it was, so I looked it up. (The Breitbart story didn´t say where it was.)
So I found it. It´s in the District of Crime. Okay, that explains a lot.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Krause, 1/11/2019 4:07:52 PM     (No. 11889931)

Like the hating the rich people that pay most of the federal taxes so half the people don´t pay any, let´s hate whitey who just basically developed the greatest country on earth.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: brianod1, 1/11/2019 4:17:59 PM     (No. 11889944)

Last time I checked, language was colorless, as is culture. Children and young adults should be educated to be successful in our great American culture.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: volksford, 1/11/2019 4:41:15 PM     (No. 11889956)

And the rest of us will have to communicate and deal with these "graduates" on a daily basis.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: mythman, 1/11/2019 4:50:18 PM     (No. 11889964)

Next: Open Defecation on the pathways of the American University campus. Those toilet thingies be a white thang.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: dwa, 1/11/2019 4:50:54 PM     (No. 11889965)

Stupidity at the university level isn´t just with the students

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Reply 22 - Posted by: anniebc, 1/11/2019 4:55:57 PM     (No. 11889975)

So will they close their Writing Center and fire all the staff?

I taught Freshman Comp in grad school years ago, and in the first year, there was a requirement that all freshman have a specific number of documented visits to the WC.

The following year, the freshman could disregard entrance test scores that indicated they needed the prerequisite (remediation) course to FC and just enroll in FC. The course involved a biographical portfolio that involved a whole semester of writes and rewrites. How their portfolios would be graded was spelled out for them. And, they were required to attend sessions with me where I told them specifically how to do what was required to pass the course. You´d be surprised at how many students failed my class. They weren´t just lazy--they could not write.

And, what happened to writing across the curriculum? How can you teach anything without standards? Better yet, why bother? Pretty soon we won´t be able to read anything on the internet without pictures. Marxists are such regressive degenerates.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: MrDeplorable, 1/11/2019 5:03:06 PM     (No. 11889986)

LOL! Speaking of "standards," what are the standards of a "journalist" who writes the beginning sentence: "A seminar at American University in February will instruct faculty members to disregard a student’s “quality” of writing when grading their papers." "A student," singular. "Their papers," plural. C+ writing, Mr Cicotta, your next assignment is to review your grammar.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: strike3, 1/11/2019 5:04:18 PM     (No. 11889987)

Wen U typ lk ths all the tim on da fon, U not Need 2 No how 2 rite. LOL

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Reply 25 - Posted by: montwoodcliff, 1/11/2019 5:07:41 PM     (No. 11889991)

Again this White Supremacy B.S. The ability to write the English Language properly is the greatest sign of intelligence in human kind, more than knowing math. I have known people who can write a paper the first time without editing! Mere mortals have to do rewrites, maybe once, maybe twice. I´m in the once or twice category. It depends on my state of alertness that day. It took me a long time to realize that I was disorganized in my thoughts and wrote boring prose. You have to work at varying phrases and opening words of sentences and varying the placing of subjects and verbs and lengths of sentences. Nothing shows ignorance more than the poorly written word.
No boss or high level executive is going to accept "ebonics" in the work place. It will mark that person as stupid, and why the heck was he or she (got to be PC here)hired in the first place! Putting down a well written word demonstrates the thinking process and it can´t be ignored. Maybe one can cut slack for the foreign born individual, but in the end, someone will have to edit that person´s work.
This is a very bad move by American University and it will do more harm than good.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: GO3, 1/11/2019 5:18:00 PM     (No. 11890002)

He am good student.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 1/11/2019 6:18:51 PM     (No. 11890061)

Oh boy. I can hardly wait for the text books that will be published in ghetto slang and y’know, millenial talk.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 1/11/2019 6:39:13 PM     (No. 11890098)

Of what value is a degree that students don´t have to work for---- that is, attending class, writing papers, taking examinations?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: xcenturion, 1/11/2019 6:47:19 PM     (No. 11890111)

Can anyone read ebonics anyway?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Raspberry, 1/11/2019 6:53:01 PM     (No. 11890115)

If you cannot explain it you do not understand it.

My masters thesis from American University in 1967 had to be understandable.

These young people understand nothing.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/11/2019 6:55:03 PM     (No. 11890118)

A family member of mine went into a college cafeteria one day for lunch and, after placing her order, the young man behind the counter asked, “Enny ding a dink?”*

Pretty soon, that’s the kind of language you’ll hear in law firms and doctor offices if nothing is done about this idiocy.

*Anything to drink?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: mizzmac, 1/11/2019 6:56:16 PM     (No. 11890123)

The dumbing down of the generations. Don´t aim for excellence, revel in your stupidity.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: grampus, 1/11/2019 7:05:52 PM     (No. 11890134)

I attended half-a-dozen colleges/universities and remember my best teacher for this:
In an essay, I had used the term "old adage." He had circled in red the word "old" and had drawn a red line to the margin of the paper. There he wrote, also in red, "Aren´t they all?" And this happened two-thousand miles from the Ivy League.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: web, 1/11/2019 7:13:51 PM     (No. 11890138)

Grammar and syntax be racist.

If you can´t learn to read and write, just redefine reading and writing as racist. Math is racist, as well.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: FLCracker, 1/11/2019 8:58:58 PM     (No. 11890193)

Seen a couple of days ago in an official announcement: Provost Marshall.

Heard on the news, speaking about a group of fans "the Raiders contingency."

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Emmajustin, 1/11/2019 9:01:55 PM     (No. 11890194)

At least the graduating illiterates will be comfortable smoking dope and talking jive from behind their masks while they riot and destroy downtown cities.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: pinger, 1/11/2019 9:46:37 PM     (No. 11890215)

Makes sense. They´ll be totally qualified to work in the main-stream media...

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Reply 38 - Posted by: strike3, 1/11/2019 10:17:59 PM     (No. 11890226)

How dey gonna write a doctoral thesis when da time come?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: anonymous, 1/11/2019 11:06:34 PM     (No. 11890237)

Last year, I was assessing practical reports belonging to first year university students. The scoring guide given to me by the unit coordinator stated that only 10% of the total mark for each report was for quality of writing (grammar etc). Some of the reports were appallingly written but still passed according to the rules of the guide. It´s almost impossible to fail a student who submits a report.

Some of the lesser universities are passing students who don´t deserve to pass because funding of these universities is based on pass rates. It´s a corrupted system.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Italiano, 1/11/2019 11:30:53 PM     (No. 11890247)

Michelle Obama agrees 100%.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Jasmine, 1/12/2019 12:19:12 AM     (No. 11890283)

More details, from a link in the article.

Who knew? America is guilty of "white language supremacy."

This plenary will argue against the use of conventional standards in college courses that grade student writing by single standards. Inoue will discuss the ways that White language supremacy is perpetuated in college classrooms despite the better intentions of faculty, particularly through the practices of grading writing.


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Reply 42 - Posted by: Oldenoughtoknowbetter, 1/12/2019 8:34:22 AM     (No. 11890504)

They should change their name. American should not mean illiterate.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: dvc, 1/12/2019 4:45:21 PM     (No. 11891124)

Look at AOC, or Horse Teeth. Has a paper (allegedly) that says she has a degree in Economics, but she is a certified idiot.

Being stupid AND ignorant is no longer a barrier to a college degree.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address — or deliver it in writing — as long as the government remains shut down. "Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th," Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump.

What Happens if Ruth Bader
Ginsburg Remains Too Sick to Work?

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Politico, by Daniel Hemel    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/16/2019 4:33:52 PM     Post Reply
In the past two months, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has fractured three ribs and had two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung. She was absent from oral argument last week and will miss this week’s arguments as well. Doctors say they expect her to be back on the bench in February, and until then she will review transcripts from her home and participate in the court’s decision-making remotely. But her return to work has not quieted critics who say that Ginsburg should have retired long ago and that her health issues are the latest evidence that justices should not be

Britain´s ´First Transgender Family´ Now
Transitioning Their 5-Year-Old Son To Female

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Daily Wire, by Amanda Prestigiacomo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/15/2019 7:29:42 PM     Post Reply
A family dubbed Britain’s "first transgender family" has announced that they are encouraging the gender transition of their five-year-old son, Jayden. According to the family, Jayden, a biological male, likes dresses and hates "everything about being a boy." The little boy´s "step-dad," Greg Rogers, is a 27-year-old biological female who now identifies as a male. The child’s mother is a 21-year-old woman named Jody. Both Jodi and Greg are furious that concerned citizens (referred to as “trolls” by many U.K.-based outlets) have reported them to social services for apparent child abuse. The couple, however, maintain Jayden — who is on

Breaking: Pelosi asks Trump to postpone
SOTU until gov’t reopens; Update: Dems
planned move for “months”?

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Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2019 11:14:07 AM     Post Reply
It’s tough to tell. Does this make the shutdown a bug … or a feature? Nancy Pelosi has asked Donald Trump to put off his State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress until after the funding issues have been resolved: (Copy of Letter/Tweet) And with that, the new Speaker of the House just made the best case possible for a perpetual shutdown. Kidding! What I meant to say was that Nancy Pelosi has finally sounded a note of wisdom, at least in her reminder that presidents used to just deliver a report in writing to Congress.

Snowpack In The West Has Resisted Climate
Change But That Won´t Last Forever

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KSOR Radio [Ashland, OR], by Erin Ross    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/15/2019 10:04:13 AM     Post Reply
For the last 35 years, the snowpack in the West’s mountains has resisted the impacts of global warming. But that could soon change, according to a new study out of Oregon State University. The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found that although climate change should have caused a steep decrease in snowpack, naturally occurring, decades-long weather variations shielded the Cascades, Sierras and Rockies from some of the effects. Although snow stations have recorded some decline, it hasn’t been statistically significant. But according to the study, without this natural weather variation, snowpack in Oregon could have declined

Kirsten Gillibrand to Colbert:
‘I’m Going to Run’ in 2020

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Daily Beast, by Gideon Resnick    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/15/2019 8:07:40 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced on Tuesday that she will form a 2020 presidential exploratory committee, a precursor to officially seeking the Democratic nomination. “I’m filing an exploratory committee for the president of the United States tonight," she said during a taped interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (Snip) Gillibrand mentioned health care, better public schools, taking on institutional racism, and "corruption and greed in Washington" as motivators and goals for her run, noting that her progressive goals cannot be accomplished without confronting those impediments. "I know that I have the compassion, courage, and the fearless determination

Beto O´Rourke questions relevance
of Constitution, principles ´set
down 230-plus years ago´

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/16/2019 1:47:25 PM     Post Reply
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke recently questioned the modern-day relevance of the U.S. Constitution and whether the country should still be governed by “the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago.” “I think that’s the question of the moment: Does this still work?” Mr. O’Rourke asked during a taped conversation with two friends, which he aired to thousands in response to President Trump’s Oval Office address to the American people about the border wall, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. “Can an empire like ours with military presence in over 170 countries around the globe, with trading relationships

William Barr told Trump that Mueller
is a ‘straight shooter’

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New York Post, by Mark Moore & Nikki Schwab    Original Article
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Attorney General nominee William Barr said he told President Trump that Robert Mueller is a “straight shooter” when the president once quizzed him about the special counsel’s integrity. Barr, testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday, said he talked to Trump about joining the president’s defense team last summer. “He said, ‘Oh you know Bob Mueller, how well do you know Bob Mueller?´” Barr told the panel. He replied that the Barrs and the Muellers were good friends and would remain so even after the investigation was completed. “And he was interested in that, wanted to know

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