Saturday, October 19, 2019

Teachers Urged Not To Grade On Merit

                Faculty workshops across the ever-fruitier plain are instructing teachers and professors not to grade based upon merit. You read that correctly. Idaho State University, for example, is holding an event titled “Inclusive Teaching Means Inclusive Grading, Too.” The seminar is part of the BUILD certificate program, which stands for Boise State Uniting for Inclusion and Leadership in Diversity. Apparently they forgot the ‘S.’ And you can’t spell Boise State without the BS.
                Oddly enough, a previously held University of Tennessee-Knoxville faculty workshop had the exact same name. Hey, I guess that is inclusive! UTK’s event was designed to “engage instructors in conversations and activities designed to foreground diversity and inclusion in considerations of assessment and grading practices.” How about “foregrounding” diversity and inclusion of thought?
                The University of Michigan also held an event with a nearly identical title. A website touting the event stated that attending teachers would “be asked to review their own practices” on grading. But, if students are not graded on merit, they must either not be graded at all or be graded in a highly subjective manner. If the correctness and quality of a paper or test no longer matter, what does? Length, color of the ink or text? No, it will be the color of one’s skin, and the student’s sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. That is the truth. That is what the tolerant diversity-lovers want. Equality of outcome-- or reverse discrimination. There will be no tolerance for, say, a white male doing better than anyone else. Period. Do campus Republicans automatically flunk while transgender socialists reflexively get awarded high grades? Once grading on merit is dispensed with, there is no incentive to do…anything. The outcome must essentially be predetermined.
                American University held a symposium in which faculty were taught “how to assess writing without judging its quality.” It was titled “Grading Ain’t Just Grading” and was held to help teachers rethink “writing assessment ecologies toward antiracist ends.” The forum cautioned that “the practices of grading writing” maintained “white language supremacy.”

   So good writing is racist.

  Good music, too? Correct answers to test questions. Civilized behavior. Decent attire. Wow. What does that say about progressives? To those who know history, it shows that they haven’t changed at all. Ironic, isn’t it? Democrats still believe that blacks are inferior and minorities can’t compete.
 Speaking of which, here is the start of the Gettysburg Address:

 “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

 Good writing.

 This is the start of the Gettysburg Address had Abraham Lincoln attended college today:

 "Like, a long time ago some dudes came here and started, like, a new country, and um…said people should be free and also that we are all, like, equal and shit.”

 Not so good writing. I don’t care what BUILD says.

 If we continue to reward sloth, bad behavior, and incompetence while disincentivizing their opposites, the country will not…long endure.

But, hey, it’ll be a lot easier for me. So, like, don’t be gradin’ or judgin’ my ritin’ anymore. I don’t need no bleepin’ white soupremacists sayin’ my work ain’t as good as ne one else’s, that’s for dam shur! My words be fine as f**k! 

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