March 24, 2006
Rape-scare stats back at NC State
Posted by Jon Sanders at 12:59 AMIn the Technician today:
[Opening sentences.] During her college years, one out of four women is the victim of a rape or attempted rape, 57 percent of which happen on dates. The victims know the attacker 84 percent of the time. One out of every five college students will have a direct experience with relationship violence.
Ever since I wrote about these fabricated statistics three years ago, I've been chronicling the frequency with which they are cited as gospel truth on campus. The following list is not comprehensive:
• N.C. State, Aug. 2002
• N.C. State, early Sept. 2002
• N.C. State, late Sept. 2002
• UNC-Chapel Hill, Nov. 2002
• Duke, Feb. 2003
• UNC-Chapel Hill, April 2003
• UNC-Greensboro, Sept. 2003
• UNC-Chapel Hill, March 2004
• Duke, April 2004
• N.C. State, Oct. 2004
• Duke, Oct. 2004
• Duke, Nov. 2004
• Duke, Feb. 2005
Once again, I must remind LR readers this quotation: "When challenged for any studies supporting the claim that feminist censorship would stop rape, Susan Brownmiller responded: 'The statistics will come. We supply the ideology; it's for other people to come up with the statistics.'"
They think it belongs to them
Posted by Paul Chesser at 10:13 AM
Turn over a small fragment of the Washington Post's blogosphere to a social conservative and what do you get? Liberal outrage.
Posted by Mitch Kokai at 09:34 AM
The Charlotte Observer has called for N.C. House Speaker Jim Black's resignation, a day after two key players in the N.C. elections board hearing referenced the newspaper.
First, one of Black's attorneys admitted that the speaker's legal team had pursued an affidavit from a former Charlotte-area superior court judge in order to impress the Observer. Former Judge Shirley Fulton is black. Genevieve Sims, the only elections board member who is black, mentioned during the hearing that she hoped Speaker Black's legal team was not trying to influence her by producing the affidavit from Fulton. Attorney Ken Bell said the affidavit was geared more toward swaying the opinion within the speaker's hometown newspaper.
Later, the Observer cropped up again. During his closing comments, elections board chairman Larry Leake referenced a 1991 newspaper article. It quoted Black as criticizing the contribution process used by optometrists, in which they wrote series of $100 checks with blank "payee" lines. It's the same practice that led the elections board to refer Black to the Wake district attorney for further investigation. Leake said: "I am troubled by the fact that in 1991, he said, 'This is a bad practice, and we're going to stop it,' and it continued."
UNC's graduation rate
Posted by George Leef at 09:04 AM
The graduation rate at Chapel Hill is about 84% -- within six years of entering school. School officials say that they want to improve on that percentage. Details are in this News and Observer article.
Of the 16% who don't graduate, 6% transfer elsewhere and 10% drop out, apparently due to academic difficulties most of the time.
Is there a problem here? Certainly not with the transfers. Nothing has been lost to the university when a student concludes that he'd be better off at another institution and decides to leave. One can hardly fault the administration for having admitted a student who later finds that UNC is not the ideal school.
With the students who drop out for academic reasons, however, we might ask why they were admitted in the first place. Bernadette Gray-Little, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, suggests that UNC's minimum GPA for admittance (1.5) is too low. I should think so. It is rather surprising to learn that any student with only a 1.5 GPA would be considered, much less admitted, but evidently some are.
The funny thing about the article is the discussion about the reasons for academic failure. "Some went to rural high schools that offered no advanced classes, and some are first-generation college students."
Excuse me, but there is an elephant in the room. Suggesting that the trouble here is rural high schools or first-generation students is really a stretch. Why won't the UNC officials admit that their affirmative action policy allows in a lot of students who are not academically a fit for the school?
A Sentence to Remember
Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 06:57 AM
Linda Christensen is an English teacher at Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, and she has written a sentence, one sentence, that epitomizes everything that is wrong with education scholarship and writing. Here it is:
Instead of taking the time to build teacher capacity by improving instruction or creating schools as learning communities where teachers have opportunities to have honest discussions about classroom practice, share successful lessons and strategies, or examine student work together, more and more administrators opt for what I call "boxed" professional development — from fill-in-the-blank writing curricula to "stick-the-kid-on-the-computer" reading and math programs.
I hope she is not teaching her students to write convoluted, jargon-filled sentences like this.
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