The Ongoing Madness in Madison

George Leef

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, University of Wisconsin economic professor Lee Hansen exposes the administration's obsession with eliminating the "racial grade gaps" especially in several key introductory courses. The university recruits lots of academically weak students who make the campus "diverse" but that recruiting leads to the embarrassing and socially unjust consequence that those students on the whole, do poorly. Thus, the university is directing the faculty to find "student-centered" and "multicultural" ways of teaching these courses so that the racial gaps disappear. Hansen thinks that will merely cause the faculty to inflate the grades of the "targeted" students and further erode the university's academic integrity.

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