Sunday, January 16, 2005


California professor flunks Kuwaiti’s pro-U.S. essay.

Jennifer over at Demure Thoughts has the scoop.

We've only got one side of the story-- the student's-- but if what he says is true, that sure is a wonderful class he's taking.

Jen didn't quote this beautiful bit from the Washington Times story:

For their final exam, Mr. Woolcock had students write an essay on one of several topics that he circulated.

The topic chosen by Mr. Al-Qloushi stated that some scholars "contend that the Constitution of the United States was not 'ordained and established' by 'the people' as we have often been led to believe. They contend instead that it was written by a small educated and wealthy elite in America who were representative of powerful economic and political interests. Analyze the U.S. Constitution (original document), and show how its formulation excluded the majority of people living in America at that time, and how it was dominated by America's elite interests."

Nooo, that's definitely not a loaded question. Nuh-uh.

In hindsight, it's obvious Mr. Al-Qloushi made not just one but *two* msitakes here.

One, he wrote about America and its founders in a positive light.

Two, he failed to incorporate into his essay a discussion of what transgendered Latino immigrants think about the Constitution, and how their thoughts reflect the experience of female teenage slaves in 1787 Georgia. Common mistake, especially in California's educational system.

Dave, check your e-mail. i've sent you a little somethin'-somethin' on Foothill College, where this happened.
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