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Rutgers English Department to deemphasize traditional grammar in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

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Written by Karlyn Borysenko

The focus of my life since 2012 was to bring sanity back to the work environment, because I believe we spend so much time at work that we shouldn’t be miserable. I have an MBA and a PhD in psychology, specializing in industrial/organizational psychology. I have my own practice - Zen Workplace - where I integrate organizational psychology and positive psychology with mindfulness techniques to help make work better. I’m also the Chief Science Officer of RallyBright, where I work to build high-performing, resilient teams.But that’s not how most people know me. Most people know me as a (now former) Democrat of 20 years who went to a Trump rally. The article I wrote about my experience went viral and garnered 3 million views in the first week. I was featured by Fox News, Glenn Beck, Dennis Prager, and on dozens of radio shows, podcasts, and YouTube videos.

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  1. So since I'm a linguistics major, when I take Italian, German, Russian, and bahasa Melayu I can just speak Jive and get all As?

    Well mambo dog face in the banana patch!

    Wes blqks am is ares bes hel' to a lower standErd.

    Lordy me! Them rains am is are bes fallens sos is wes grades an' job oppErtoonities!

    Why do these Whites keep making such racist rules?

    Institutional racism is greatly caused by such nonsense.

    This POC isn't accepting yet another smack in the face.

  2. Knew someone who graduated from Rutgers. This person would tell everyone all the time they graduated from Rutgers. This person was dumb as rocks. Rutgers is doing this to stay relevant to rocks.

  3. This is reminding me of a move in the '90s to try to bring something called Ebonics into education. Its supporters called it a dialect with history that deserved respect, and there were proposals to not correct blacks who spoke it in school, and even to include it in bilingual education. That was rejected, fortunately. It sounds like this idea is back.

  4. Re. writing a dissertation is an exercise in how to write academic (ie. adding fluff) – This does not sound like a good goal. I can understand if they'd say your argument was too simplistic, that it didn't take into account counter-arguments (which would take longer to get to a point), but just saying, "Your language needs to use less colloquialisms," sounds lame. That's putting style over substance. I haven't written an academic thesis, but it seems to me if your argument is presented well, and is well-defended, that's what should count.

  5. Honestly, if I was a business, and I was getting candidates graduating from schools who couldn't write, I'd put those institutions on a "do not hire" list; don't hire anyone who's a new graduate of that institution. I mean, come on. I could expect a high school dropout to be illiterate, but at a minimum, if someone has an undergrad degree, they should be able to write, using proper grammar and spelling, for crying out loud. If they can't do that, I'd really have to wonder about the quality of the other skills that school is turning out. That's inexcusable, but I understand it's a trend that's been growing for decades. I heard about the NAEP literacy scores of college graduates for a couple years. In 1992, something like 42% of graduates either met or exceeded the NAEP standard. In 2003, 33% met or exceeded the standard. You can be sure it's been getting worse since, because universities are selling degrees, not an education.

  6. Working past their own biases means: To ignore the 'white bias' rules of grammar they were indoctrinated with by teachers who themselves were indoctrinated by 'white bias' rules of grammar. In other words, the blacks are going to be taught make up what ever rules for grammar that feels good to them and it will be fine. If that leaves them unable to communicate not only with Asian. hispanic or whites, but even with each other, that is fine so long as they feel good about themselves.

    What the schools are saying: Please don't riot on our property and in return, we will take your money and simply give you a diploma for showing up now and then,

  7. So, are poor white kids going to be allowed to write in Red Neckese?
    Seriously, though, if you care about your kid's mental and moral upbringing, the best gift that you can give to him/her is to homeschool. Public schools are an absolute mess w/children who desperately need specific help being forced into average classrooms because hurt feelings are more important than any of the students learning.

  8. LOL. They prattle on about wanting, needing education to get ahead but then they demand the standards be lowered. 2+2 has to be able to equal 5 and now English is too hard so that needs to be changed as well.

    "The soft bigotry of low expectations/" – Thomas Sowell

  9. I’m having a difficult time understanding why do so many Americans tolerate this? Americans needs to stop hand-holding these people. They need to allow the weak to fail and the sick to die. We haven’t got the time to be dealing with all this.

  10. They won’t be professionals because established companies won’t hire them. Or maybe they don’t want those good solid jobs with health insurance and other benefits. Egads!! As long as it’s on the table I’m telling my kids to home school my grands!!

  11. Systemic racism is a myth. It hasn't existed in this country for 60+ years. Institutions now discriminate against whites and Asians, and in favor of blacks.

  12. It's not surprising that college is turning these people into adult babies that's what they want.
    These college professors don't want people who are able to think communicate or be able to understand the world around them coherently they want them dumb stupid and mentally broken in order to create a better slave Army

  13. So, in order to not be racist, they are de-emphasizing the language that black American writers like Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston used in their works. Sounds legit.

  14. A number of years ago, I was in a committee meeting working on a mission statement. We got the words figured out and I noted that we had to decide about the punctuation, because the placement of a comma was going to have a big effect on what the statement actually meant. I was the oldest person in the group. I have a BMus in Composition. One of the other people in the group was third year English. The leader asked the English major if I was right, and they didn’t know. In the end we used the comma because I was going to lose my s$@:. Not because they understood what I was talking about, but because they wanted me to calm down.

    I work as a copy editor now and have been taking a bunch of courses in grammar, and it’s important to know the rules so you can communicate effectively. At the same time, it’s important to know your context. How you write is different for non-fiction, for fiction, for poetry, for business, for academia, etc.

    Also I will die on the hill of the Oxford comma.

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