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Why Give Space to Writing Teachers Who Lack Passion or Knowledge?

To the Editor:

The exchange between Teller, Shearer Stewart, and Hesse about writing pedagogy gave me déjà vu (“Are We Teaching Composition All Wrong?The Chronicle, October 3, 2016), (“No, We’re Not Teaching Composition ‘All Wrong’,The Chronicle, November 21, 2016), (“We Know What Works in Teaching Composition,The Chronicle, January 3). It’s worth noting some patterns among Chronicle critics of writing instruction.

Chronicle critics question course outcomes. In 2009, Prince argued that the…

Article on Conservative Students Recording Professors Was One-Sided

To the Editor:

The recent article about the Conservative Political Action Conference encouraging students to record their professors had the chance to bring an informed voice to an important issue that is likely to grow in the coming years, but instead it was essentially free advertising for Campus Reform and its agenda (“Campus Conservatives Get a Lesson in Activism: When Professors Start Ranting, Start Filming,The Chronicle, February 23).

After an opening section that reads like a flyer for …

We Need a Mathematical Test to Create Swing Districts

To the Editor:

Concerning gerrymandering, compactness isn’t the only — or even the most important — issue (“Meet the Math Professor Who’s Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry,” (The Chronicle, February 22). If districts, however compact, are drawn to be safe for either Republicans or Democrats, and most are, that leads to elections being decided in the primaries. That leads to the most doctrinaire right-wing and left-wing candidates being elected, and with the advantages of incumbency, they get…

Trinity Washington President Should Have Been Asked About Pelosi

To the Editor:

The Trinity Washington president apparently thinks it is fine to berate an alumna (“The Alumni Colleges Aren’t Bragging About: Members of Trump’s Inner Circle,” (The Chronicle, February 24). She chose to do so no doubt because she and many others cannot fathom how Clinton lost the election.

But why did you not question McGuire as to why she did not call out Trinity Washington graduate Nancy Pelosi for her views on abortion and her announcement that she would back Obamacare althoug…

Gerrymandering About More Than Effort to Benefit a Specific Party

To the Editor:

In your article, Meet the Math Professor Who’s Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry” (The Chronicle, February 22), you write that gerrymandering is “the practice of manipulating the shape of electoral districts to benefit a specific party.”

While this is a true statement, it ignores the fact that gerrymandering is also used to guarantee that some congressional seats belong to particular ethnic or other special-interest groups. If Dr. Duchin’s methodology is applied as it shoul…

Article on Title IX Repeated Common Misconceptions

To the Editor:

I enjoyed your recent article on Title IX as it relates to sexual assault in education (“How a 20-Page Letter Changed the Way Higher Education Handles Sexual Assault,The Chronicle, February 8) but it repeats some common misconceptions about this law.

The April 4, 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter was not the first from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to give detailed directions meant for all colleges. OCR has issued at least 27 “Dear Colleague” letters, poli…

For Many Students, College Is Not a Good Investment

To the Editor:

Philip Trostel argued recently that universities are extraordinarily good investments, both for students and for society (“Beyond the College Earnings Premium. Way Beyond,The Chronicle, January 29.) He asserts that over a lifetime college graduates average $1,383,000 more in earnings than high-school diploma holders.

There are several problems with this observation. First, comparing high-school graduates to college graduates is like comparing apples to oranges. The typical colle…

Not All Court Rulings Consistent With ‘Dear Colleague Letter’

To the Editor:

You are correct that the Obama administration’s April 4, 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter changed how colleges deal with allegations of sexual harassment and assault (“How a 20-Page Letter Changed the Way Higher Education Handles Sexual Assault,” February 8). That letter from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights told colleges they “have an obligation” to investigate even when an incident “occurred off school grounds.” By contrast, under the Bush administration, the Offi…

Social Scientists Have Researched the Far Right for Decades

To the Editor:

While I appreciate your attention to this issue and the informative article about the center Dr. Mudde is forming (“Scholars Push to Broaden Research on America’s Far Right,The Chronicle, February 10), I also want to point out that the discipline of sociology has researched the far right, religious right, and right wing extremism in American society for decades. Certainly since the farm crisis of the 1990s, sociology and political science and history researchers have published n…

Removal of Animal-Welfare Records Is Serious Blow to Accountability

To the Editor:

The Department of Agriculture’s stunning assault on transparency by removing thousands of animal-welfare-related records from its website (“Agriculture Dept. Removes Animal-Welfare Data From Website,The Chronicle, February 6) leaves all of us in the dark about how animals across the country are being treated. As Harvard Law professor and former head of the federal government’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Cass Sunstein has noted, “the Animal Welfare Act is de…