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The Latest College Lunacy: Correct English Grammar Is ‘Racist’

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The Latest College Lunacy: Correct English Grammar Is ‘Racist’

On 09.10.19 09:00 PM posted by Walter E. Williams

Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas,we have a new one from American University.

They hired a professor to teach other professors to gradestudents based on their “labor” rather than their writing ability.

The professor that American University hired to teach thatnonsense is Asao B. Inoue, who is a professor at the University of Washingtonin Tacoma in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. He is also the director ofthe university’s writing center.

Inoue believes that a person’s writing ability should not beassessed, in order to promote “anti-racist” objectives. Inoue taughtAmerican University’s faculty members that their previous practices of gradingwriting promoted white language supremacy.

Inoue thinks that students should be graded on the effortthey put into a project.

The idea to bring such a professor to American University,where parents and students fork over $48,459 a year in tuition charges, couldnot have been something thought up by saner members of its academic community.

Instead, it was probably the result of deep thinking by theuniversity’s diversity and campus life officials.

Inoue’s views are not simply extreme but possibly hostile tothe academic mission of most universities. Forgiving and ignoring a students’writing ability would mostly affect black students. White students’ speakingand writing would be judged against the King’s English, defined as standard,pure, or correct English grammar.

Professor Noam Chomsky, called the father of modernlinguistics, formulated the generative theory of language.

According to his theory, the most basic form of language isa set of syntactic rules that is universal for all humans and that underliesthe grammar of all human languages. We analyze and interpret our environmentwith words and sentences in a structured language.

Oral and written language provides a set of rules thatenables us to organize thoughts and construct logical meaning with ourthoughts.

Not holding students accountable to proper grammar does adisservice to those students who overall show poor writing abilities.

When or if these students graduate from college, they arenot going to be evaluated in their careers by Inoue’s tailored standards. Theywill be judged according to their objective abilities, and it probably followsthat if they fail to meet those objective standards, the standards themselveswill be labeled as racist.

There’s another very dangerous bit of academic nonsensehappening, this time at the K-12 level of education.

A One America News Network anchor interviewed Mary ClareAmselem, education specialist at The Heritage Foundation, about the CaliforniaDepartment of Education’s proposed ethnic studies curriculum. The proposedethnic studies curriculum would teach children that capitalism and fatherfigures are racist.

The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum also includes grossanti-Israel bias and teaches about a Palestinian-led anti-Israel initiativecalled Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. The curriculum also has studentsstudy issues of police brutality and asks teachers to find incidents of bias bypolice in their own communities.

According to an article by Shelby Talcott in The Stream,California’s proposed curriculum called for students to study lawmakers such asDemocratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Democratic Michigan Rep. RashidaTlaib, both of whom have supported the BDS movement and have been accused ofanti-Semitic rhetoric.

The proposed ethnic studies proposal has been removed fromthe California Department of Education website.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said,“While I am relieved that California made the obvious decision to revisitthis wholly misguided proposal, we need to know why and how a blatantlyanti-Semitic, anti-Israel, factually inaccurate curriculum made its way throughthe ranks of California’s Department of Education.”

He added, “This was not simply an oversight—theCalifornia Department of Education’s attempt to institutionalize anti-Semitismis not only discriminatory and intolerant, it’s dangerous.”

Brainwashing our youngsters is a serious matter. The peopleresponsible for the California Department of Education’s proposal ought to besummarily fired.


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