Letter to the Editor: The dangers of a fundamentalist mindset

To the editor: As per Morson & Schapiro, there is, evidently Good Fundamentalism (which soothes their own kicky blankets) and Bad Fundamentalism (which roils them). Unsurprisingly they find the Bad to be Very Very Bad and the Good (as in, or so we would presume, Diversity, CRT, Inclusivity, Racial Equity, and Social Justice) to be … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: The dangers of a fundamentalist mindset”


Letter to the Editor: Scuba certification vs. college education

To the editor: The ‘Scuba Model’ of learning is not the model used in College education….or HSchool….or GSchool….because Scuba Certification is all about skill development critical to the survival of the diver….and a scholastic education is all about information transfer (with the hope that some of it actually accretes).  Information Transfer is significantly NOT critical … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: Scuba certification vs. college education”


Letter to the Editor: What does diversity training have to do with diversity?

To the editor: We call it Diversity Training, but it is not.  It has nothing to do with Diversity (whatever that is) and everything to do with Dogma and Doctrine.  It is ‘training’ in the same way China’s Red Guard provided ‘re-education’. Consumed by the same poisonous belief which drives every Holocaust, that ‘badness’ is … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: What does diversity training have to do with diversity?”


Letter to the Editor: Don’t conflate diversity training with diversity

To the editor: Alexander Riley conflates diversity training, which I don’t agree with, with diversity. He seems to think that the only people who have anything to contribute to higher education are whites and that minorities only contribution is their skin color. It seems anathema to him that minorities can contribute and have contributed more … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: Don’t conflate diversity training with diversity”


Letter to the Editor: The “new normal” of learning

To the editor: In the midst of a global health crisis, suffering, fear and anxiety are to be expected. This should not surprise anyone. In fact, these have always been part of life. The anticipation of one’s mortality at different times—especially now—is unavoidable. Megan Zogby’s latest “Did You Know? Students Still Struggling with Mental Health?” … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: The “new normal” of learning”


Letter to the Editor: The state should have a voice in who runs public universities

To the editor: I neither know Darrell Allison nor anything about his appointment as Chancellor at  Fayetteville State University. But I also read that he is seeking to improve FSU’s retention and graduation rates, which reportedly are some of the worst in the UNC system.  That’s not necessarily going to be popular with the Faculty … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: The state should have a voice in who runs public universities”


Letter to the Editor: Conflicts of interest in university governance

To the editor: “A Chancellor Search Tainted with Suspicion and Shrouded in Secrecy” is a great example of political corruption in higher education—as viewed from the outside.  Politically connected players have always used their advantages to leverage even more benefits when they can get away with it. No wonder this looks like corruption to faculty … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: Conflicts of interest in university governance”


Letter to the Editor: What makes a good teacher?

To the editor: Prof. Lucien Ellington’s refrain that kids taught by badly-trained teachers don’t learn their 3 Rs is as old as public education in the USA, yet neither he nor any others of his outlook have explained the coincidental rise in literacy rates since 1800. In some respects, literacy education defies what happens in … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: What makes a good teacher?”


Letter to the Editor: Is anything not systemic racism?

To the editor: Sociology is supposed to be a science but, alas, large chunks of it have migrated to activism.  N.C. State Sociologist Michael Schwalbe’s article attacking cigarette companies for marketing “mentholated tobacco products to the Black community” is an example.    Selective marketing apparently amounts to “institutional racism,” of which we now have an epidemic … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor: Is anything not systemic racism?”