Academic Stupidity and Brainwashing

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American University thinks that students should be graded on the effort they put into a project. Not your writing ability.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- 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 grade students based on their “labor” rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that nonsense is Asao B. Inoue, who is a professor at the University of Washington in Tacoma in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. He is also the director of the university's writing center. Inoue believes that a person's writing ability should not be assessed, in order to promote “anti-racist” objectives. Inoue taught American University's faculty members that their previous practices of grading writing promoted white language supremacy.

Inoue thinks that students should be graded on the effort they 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, could not have been something thought up by saner members of its academic community. Instead, it was probably the result of deep thinking by the university's diversity and campus life officials. Inoue's views are not simply extreme but possibly hostile to the academic mission of most universities.

Forgiving and ignoring a students' writing ability would mostly affect black students. White students' speaking and writing would be judged against the King's English, defined as standard, pure or correct English grammar.

Professor Noam Chomsky, called the father of modern linguistics, formulated the generative theory of language. According to his theory, the most basic form of language is a set of syntactic rules that is universal for all humans and that underlies the grammar of all human languages. We analyze and interpret our environment with words and sentences in a structured language. Oral and written language provides a set of rules that enables us to organize thoughts and construct logical meaning with our thoughts.

Not holding students accountable to proper grammar does a disservice to those students who overall show poor writing abilities. When or if these students graduate from college, they are not going to be evaluated in their careers by Inoue's tailored standards. They will be judged according to their objective abilities, and it probably follows that if they fail to meet those objective standards, the standards themselves will be labeled as racist.

There's another very dangerous bit of academic nonsense happening, this time at the K-12 level of education. One America News Network anchor interviewed Mary Clare Amselem, education specialist at the Heritage Foundation, about the California Department of Education's proposed ethnic studies curriculum. The proposed ethnic studies curriculum would teach children that capitalism and father figures are racist.

The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum also includes gross anti-Israel bias and teaches about a Palestinian-led anti-Israel initiative called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. The curriculum also has students study issues of police brutality and asks teachers to find incidents of bias by police 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 as Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, both of whom have supported the BDS movement and have been accused of anti-Semitic rhetoric.

The proposed ethnic studies proposal has been removed from the California Department of Education website. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said, “While I am relieved that California made the obvious decision to revisit this wholly misguided proposal, we need to know why and how a blatantly anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, factually inaccurate curriculum made its way through the ranks of California's Department of Education.”

He added, “This was not simply an oversight — the California Department of Education's attempt to institutionalize anti-Semitism is not only discriminatory and intolerant, it's dangerous.”

Brainwashing our youngsters is a serious matter. The people responsible for the California Department of Education's proposal ought to be summarily fired.


Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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    Ej harbet
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    Ej harbet

    Cant get past the title pic, dude on the throne making socialists! And it looks like it hurts!
    Remember to flush sir

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    I read another article a few weeks ago that outlined commiefornia’s policy on teaching that there are many genders and that it is ok to be a gender other than the one you were born as. It was said that when a person went to register their child for school there was a question dealing with what gender and there were five choices. Indoctrinating young minds is the main accomplishment of schools in that communist state. They are going full bore on destroying this country.

    John Dow
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    John Dow

    I wurked reel hard to lurn to rite good.

    Said no real professional ever.

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    So when the person gets out of college and tries real hard to get a job because he doesn’t have a grasp on the language, do you just pay them because they tried hard. don’t think that’ll fly at most businesses.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    Yes, Higher education changing America’s motto from “Can do!” to “Can try.”

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    That is one of my pet peeves. I tell my young grandsons that you do not “try” to do things. What you do is “do your best.” That is one of the best things about Basic Training when it is done correctly. It, and like programs, teaches those who don’t already know what it is that they are really capable of when they apply themselves. The only thing Basic taught me was how to breath while jogging or running. Basic was a cakewalk for me as I was already in shape and was raised by a WW2 Navy Vet dad… Read more »

    Ej harbet
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    Ej harbet

    Do,,,,,or do not! There is no try!

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    The image heading this article is a priceless illustration of the principle of “grading on the effort not the result” being taken to a foolish logical conclusion. That guy on the crapper is working hard…. but the product of his effort is still only worthy of having the chain pulled on it, and being dispatched down the four inch vertical black pipe. And no matter HOW much effort he puts into his “product” it still stinks, and is universally avoided, shunned, abhorred….. Been a long time since I’ve seen such a perfect illustration for an article. I’ve seen this piece… Read more »

    Hankus
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    Hankus

    In an interesting turn of events, the Power of Stupid is being fed by WA to the empty minds in CA. Now the foot is on the other hand!

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    we don’t know that the originator of this Power of Stupid “perfesser” originated in Washigton State, or emigrated from elsewhere to take up his post in Tacoma. That would be an interesting factoid.

    In any case, UW are repicly swirling downward in the four inch vertical black pipe… the very fact they have an eedjit of this nature amongst their “instructors” is solid evidence of that FACT.

    Bill
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    Bill

    Usually, a person who actually puts effort into something gets good results. If that isn’t happening, then the effort supposedly applied to the goal is in fact being applied elsewhere. So, yes, I agree with the concept on a certain level. Meanwhile, on the market side, a person who creates art or exotic automobiles can labor all that he wants, but he still needs someone to say that the product is worth buying. It takes leftists to say that everyone who doesn’t work should be paid anyway, and even if they do work, but create junk that no one wants,… Read more »

    Circle8
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    Does this mean the University will issue a Diploma with a Bachelor Degree in “EFFORT”? I ask “Can we get any dumber? I would love to see someone come in my office, apply for a position and tell me they have a degree in effort. LMAO, LOL. Only in America.

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    Only in academia.

    Jeffersonian
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    “Marx attempts to measure value by the amount of labor expended. Yet it is an obvious fact in the real world that an inefficient, careless, or unimaginative worker can slave for hours to produce an article practically worthless, that the public won’t buy, valueless. An intelligent skillful worker may turn out in a short time an article that the public will snap up at once at a high price. Which has the greater value?”
    Robert A. Heinlein
    For Us, the Living

    Tionico
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    I used to drive big truck. Mostly grocery items. This time of year we often had full loads of the Ball canning jars, one quart, 12 per case. The loads would not be palletised, but “slipped” directly onto the floor of the fifty foot trailer, loose. Typical load was 1600 to 1800 cases. The full legal load by weight. Had they been on pallets, the extra 1200 lbs of wood meand 1200 pounds fewer jars, and the compay was paid by the number of jars moved, not the total poundage of the load. Arriving at the destination warehouse, guess how… Read more »

    Justista
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    Justista

    Academia and media are a mess in America. God Bless places like Missouri’s School of the Ozarks and similar schools.

    MICHAEL J
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    MICHAEL J

    So even in college, everyone gets a trophy. College indoctrination is the gateway to mob government.

    hippybiker
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    hippybiker

    Another example of the failure of Affirmative action!

    Rock
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    Rock

    Hmmm, a guy with his pants down and two empty gripping hands… Wasn’t there supposed to be a snowflakes ears being gripped by those hands ???? Maybe Hillary ?????????

    nrringlee
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    nrringlee

    If you want to rob a people of its culture, faith and civil society there is no better way that to rob that people of language. Orwell got it. That is why he invented the Newspeak concept of language manipulation in his epic work “1984.” And God has warned us many, many times. The Tower of Babel is Trumps’ latest destination resort. Quite the contrary. It is a stark warning to humanity directed at our ability to coexist. And of course, New Left Progressives are all about coexisting with people who have diverse thoughts…………………….no, not so much.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    ” … white language supremacy.” Now, I have heard everything. And ” … the California Department of Education’s proposed ethnic studies curriculum. The proposed ethnic studies curriculum would teach children that capitalism and father figures are racist…” Stunning.

    Will
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    Will

    @WB,next time I see you I will say,what it is,Bill ? Would that be mow betta ?

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    I thought the current “in” greeting was from east India. “How is it happening… brotha?” When did it change to east Harlem, and why wasn’t I informed of the change?

    I’m so confused…

    Heed the Call-up
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    Heed the Call-up

    Que pasa, mijo.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    “whut it IZZZZ, Bro?” fify

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    It almost brought a tear to my eye to hear how well the Black residents of the Bahamas spoke the English language. Reminded me of an early 20’s Black male, whose father was a UK diplomat, and who got into some trouble with the law. I wished that I spoke English as well as he did.

    Will
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    Will

    I could almost make out every 4th or 5th word the African was trying to say about aid getting to them. What the hell language do they speak anyway ?

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    Out of all the interviews I have seen from there I guess I missed that one.