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The Ugly Grade of F in Schools and Colleges

September 10, 2021


Many schools and colleges have done away with the F grade as too demeaning and demoralizing for students. I don’t know what the rules are today since I retired from teaching almost ten years ago, but I do remember that UA got rid of Fs for introductory English courses, and other discipline entry-level courses did […]

A Historian’s View of Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, Part 3

August 9, 2021


Over the past few weeks, we have taken a look at the origins of the critical race theory now so popular among some sectors of the American population, pundits, and politicians among them. Today let’s tackle the theory itself. We are taking a look at the theory largely because it is based on an interpretation […]

Academic Freedom

March 29, 2021


Since we live in a university and college town, from the University of Alabama to Stillman College with Shelton State Community College tucked in for good measure, I thought readers would be interested in the state of academic freedom in the U. S. It comes from a piece by Eric Kaufman, “Academic Freedom is Withering” […]

Equity, What Is It?

March 15, 2021


I have written about “equity” in this column, especially last summer focusing on the University of Alabama’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I figured I’ve had my say and am done with it. Then I read a piece, “Equity Is a Mandate to Discriminate” in the March 4, WSJ, and recall, of course, that […]

Excellence and Equality

March 4, 2021


I promised myself not to write any more about politics this year. Everyone with a computer, tablet or cell phone is writing, all the way from Twitter to the New York Times, and most of it is just political importuning from the Left or Right in American politics. The heretofore “objective” role of journalists is […]

Privilege and Equity

January 31, 2021


This is going to be a thought piece which some of you may like and some may dislike. But I compose it with the old rules in place: we can disagree on just about anything, but we agree to listen to each other with civility, and usually reach an accord or compromise. There are however […]

The Diversity Industry

December 17, 2020


An article in the WSJ’s Nov. 20, 2020 edition caught my attention: “The Duo That Defeated the ‘Diversity Industry.’” It was written by Ward Connerly, 81, a black Louisiana native  and Wenyuan Wu, 33. Connerly has spent “the past quarter-century campaigning against racial preferences,” and Wu “is a Chinese immigrant who has recently become an […]

Christians in America

October 25, 2020


Not too long ago I read an article, “After the Culture War,” by Barton Swain in his column on “Politics” in the WSJ, October 3-4. When I see the words “culture” and “wars” these days, or someone who actually calls himself a political something-or-another, or in this case a political writer, I usually turn to […]

What is being read at the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

August 9, 2020


I recently read where the Division of DEI at UA will host a “common read” of the New York Times best-selling book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo beginning at the end of July.. I thought, well I should probably take a look at a […]

Diversity, moving from theory to practice

July 18, 2020


We left off a few weeks ago with the commitment to diversity made explicit in 2008 by various official documents issued by the University of Alabama. How was diversity itself to be diversified at UA to include more than just hiring increasing numbers of African American faculty and administrators, and recruiting more students in the […]