Friday, June 19, 2009

The Naval Academy and "diversity"

When was the last time we got this kind of honesty and candidness from a white man who is attached to a job he wishes to keep? Here are excerpts from an article by Bruce Fleming, an English professor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, describing the path that political correctness based in multiculturalism has taken at the Academy. (Did you know there is remedial tutoring even at the great military academies once reserved for the best and the brightest?) Fleming writes:

The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced in Annapolis recently that "diversity is the number one priority" at the Naval Academy. The Naval Academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, echoed him. Everyone understands that "diversity" here means nonwhite skins. ...

A "diverse" class does not mean the Naval Academy recruits violinists, or older students (they can't be 23 on Induction Day), or gay people (who are thrown out) or foreign students (other than the dozen or so sent by client governments). It means applicants checked a box on their application that says they are Hispanic, African American, Native American, and now, since my time on the Admissions Board of the Academy, where I've taught for 22 years, Asians.

Midshipmen are admitted by two tracks. White applicants out of high school who are not also athletic recruits typically need grades of A and B and minimum SAT scores of 600 on each part for the Board to vote them "qualified." Athletics and leadership also count. ...

SAT scores below 600 or C grades almost always produce a vote of "not qualified" for white applicants. Not so for an applicant who self-identifies as one of the minorities who are our "number one priority." For them, another set of rules apply. Their cases are briefed separately to the board, and SAT scores to the mid-500s with quite a few Cs in classes (and no visible athletics or leadership) typically produce a vote of "qualified" for them, with direct admission to Annapolis. They're in, and are given a pro forma nomination to make it legit.

Minority applicants with scores and grades down to the 300s with Cs and Ds (and no particular leadership or athletics) also come, though after a remedial year at our taxpayer-supported remedial school, the Naval Academy Preparatory School. By using NAPS as a feeder, we've virtually eliminated all competition for "diverse" candidates. ...

All this is probably unconstitutional. That's what the Supreme Court said about the University of Michigan's two-track admissions in 2003.

Once at Annapolis, "diverse" midshipmen are over-represented in our pre-college classes, in lower-track courses, in mandatory tutoring programs and less challenging majors. Many struggle to master basic concepts. (I teach some of these courses.)

Read complete article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a black man who scored high enough on both the SAT and ACT to be admitted to very good schools, this kind of practice makes my stomach churn.
Is this what MLK Jr marched for?
Come on!
Consider this. The next time you take a commercial flight, glance toward the cockpit. If the pilots are minority/female/ or "diverse", do you find yourself thinking, "Is this person qualified?" Or, if you remotely think, "Did this person get their job because someone had quota to fill?", you understand the poison of creating lower standards.