University Dean Claims Grading Assignments is an Act of White Supremacy
Do people realize how insulting and racist they’re being when they do stuff like this?
The Associate Dean of Arizona State University just released a book where he claims that the act of grading a student’s writing assignment is an act of racism and white supremacy.
So you mean to tell me the whole time that I grew up, being graded on my assignments was because of white supremacy?
In a book titled “Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom,” professor Asao Inoue encourages teachers to ditch grading for a “labor-based” grading system wherein students earn grades based on their effort. The quality of a student’s writing would not help or hinder their course grade.
“This book focuses on one kind of grading contract, one that calculates final course grades purely by the labor students complete, not by any judgments of the quality of their writing,” Inoue writes. “While the qualities of student writing is still at the center of the classroom and feedback, it has no bearing on the course grade.”
“Ranking is a part of a much longer racist, and White supremacist, tradition in Western intellectual history,” Inoue writes. “Ranking has been deeply embedded in racist thinking, discourses, and logics, mainly because it has been deployed as a way to justify a number of racist, empirical, and colonial projects over the last four hundred years.”
Here is once again the fundamental flaw and the flaw that I always see with liberals. Just saying that it’s racist doesn’t make it true. You can’t just say, “It’s deeply embedded in racist thinking…” and that be true.
That’s what he does in the whole book. He just continues to call it racist but really doesn’t give any support that it is racist.
One of the only bits of “evidence” to prove his case is an example of something that happened to him that he just calls racist:
“I lived in an explicitly racist world. The racism was very present to me. During my Freshman year of high school, I got an A in honors French and every other class I took, yet received a B (not a B+) in English, not honors English, regular English. How was this possible? What was I doing wrong? Apparently, nothing. It was me, my habitus. I knew this but didn’t want to admit, admit that my language and body were being judged together.”
Forget the fact that teachers grade differently because they’re different. Forget the fact that just because he’s good at one subject doesn’t make him automatically good at others. Even while I was in school, I know that there were certain teachers who were easy As, and some that were tougher to pass the class.