June 15, 2009

Yet another bit of edu-babble

This time the term is "Inclusive Excellence":

"Inclusive excellence" is based on the idea that different social and cultural groups have their own standards for excellence that cannot be shared or in most cases even translated across group boundaries. The excellence pursued by white Americans is one thing; that pursued by African Americans is another. The excellence pursued by women is one thing; that pursued by men is another. Under the doctrine of "inclusive excellence," a university makes clear that it recognizes and values the distinctive excellences of each and every campus group. (Source.)

Can there be anything more destructive? A "sliding scale" for excellence? Do educrats have any conception of how detrimental this will be for their students in the real world? Hell, instead of "disparate impact" maybe the black firefighters in the Ricci case can argue that their "standard of excellence" is different from that of whites, Hispanics and Asians, and thus who is anyone to judge how well they did?

And just contemplate: No universal measures whatsoever for anyone. Imagine how that would translate into real life. How can any employer deny anyone a job? After all, one potential employee's "standard of excellence" may not be what another's is. Imagine the lawsuits if such a doctrine became accepted. I think Ashley Thorne says it best:

In practice it means having separate (and lower) expectations for some groups than others. A simple translation of "inclusive excellence" is that it is affirmative action for ideas. Ideas that are too weak, too flawed, too unsupported to withstand critical inspection get a sharply discounted admission ticket under the reign of "inclusive excellence." The doctrine clearly owes something to several decades of post-modernism and various other attempts to diminish respect for reason and rational inquiry.
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Can't people understand how incredibly racist these statements are?

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at June 15, 2009 01:52 PM

Even on a practical level, would this guy walk across a bridge built by someone whose "inclusive standard of excellence" was one that stayed up 50% of the time someone walked across it?

Posted by: Paul Smith at June 15, 2009 02:03 PM

Similarly, Could you imagine the practical application of that "inclusive standard of excellence" in the Ricci case? A priority other than saving the lives of people trapped in a burning building might need to take precedence because of the "hue of the viewer".

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at June 15, 2009 04:25 PM

Great, let's hold blacks & minorities to a lower standard. That should have a positive effect on their communities....

Posted by: mike w. at June 15, 2009 07:37 PM