AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GRADING

RNS found this column over at Ravenwood’s Universe. It’s dated April 8, but it’s the first I’ve seen it.

Mike S. Adams, a CJ professor at UNC-Wilmington, satires the school’s racial preferences policy:

I have decided to abandon my long-standing opposition to affirmative action after listening to the oral arguments in the recent U.S. Supreme Court case challenging admissions policies at the University of Michigan. While listening to these recorded arguments, I learned that public universities have a “compelling interest in diversity” which supersedes simplistic notions of reverse discrimination. Now, because my views have changed, I am forced to alter my classroom grading policies.

Students in my classes will continue to have their final grades based principally on test performance. Students will also continue to have a portion of their grade determined by class participation and/or a final paper depending on the class in which they are enrolled (please consult your course syllabus if you are one of my students).

After I compute final averages, I will then implement the new aspect of the grading process which is modeled after existing affirmative action policies at the university. Specifically, I will be computing a class average which I will then compare to the individual performance of all white males enrolled in my classes. All white males who exceed the class average will have points deducted and added to the final averages of women and minorities. A student need not have ever engaged in discrimination in order to have points deducted. Nor must a student have ever been a victim of discrimination in order to receive additional points.

I suspect a lot of people 1) won’t realize this is a joke and 2) will be pleased.

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Comments

  1. O. F. Jay says:

    Well, of course, those two thing might very well happen. Our enemies don’t have the kind of sense of humor that we do. They have to include a [humor][/humor] pair of tags for them to be not be guilty about themselves.

  2. Paul says:

    Naw— I could excuse people for not getiting the joke.

    We hear so many God awful stupid things like this everyday that ARE true, it would not come as a surprise if people believe it.

    AFTER ALL he is just (satirically) copying the policy that U Mich is arguing should be the law of the land.

    That is the problem if modern day liberalism, it has passed its noble purpose years ago and now serves only to be a caricature of itself.

    Paul

  3. John Lemon says:

    Sounds Lemony to me. …and let it be known I have heard administrators implicitly encouraging grading policies that are not too far off this parody in an attempt to lower attrition rates for some minority groups.