No, it is not elitist to correct students’ spelling, by Frank Furedi

Nor is it elitist to refuse to hire someone who can’t spell, or write and talk proper English. From Frank Furedi at spiked-online.org:

Some universities now claim it is ‘white, male and elitist’ to expect students to have good English.

I wasn’t surprised when I read that some British universities are adopting the philistine policy of not marking students down for spelling and grammar errors. Nor was I surprised to learn that sections of British higher education have embraced the anti-intellectual practice of ‘inclusive assessment’. The aim of this is to narrow the attainment gap between white and black, Asian and ethnic-minority students.

Unfortunately, this strategy of ‘narrowing the attainment gap’ is not about levelling upwards with high-quality academic teaching. Rather, the advocates of ‘inclusive assessment’ are more interested in lowering the already low expectations that universities have of students from certain backgrounds.

One of the key tactics of the inclusive-assessment outlook is to brand genuine academic expectations and standards as ‘elitist’. This is why some university administrators are instructing academics not to lower students’ marks for spelling mistakes – because good English is increasingly seen as an elitist demand; as something associated with the ‘homogeneous, north European, white male elite’.

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One response to “No, it is not elitist to correct students’ spelling, by Frank Furedi

  1. This is a new tool to dumbdown American society while other societies with immigrants expect and support them in the process of acculturation.Getmany expects Everyone to learn German history,maths,sciences,practical skills,some German law,German language and holidays.Certain behavioral norms are expected such as Not assaulting women and not beheading people no matter what country of origin the human claims.Not racist,just culture.Dont like it,Leave!! 🙂

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