Saturday, July 25, 2020

Rutgers English Department to Deemphasize Traditional Grammar ‘In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter’

The College Fix reports:
The English Department at Rutgers University recently announced a list of “anti-racist” directives and initiatives for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, including an effort to deemphasize traditional grammar rules.

The initiatives were spelled out by Rebecca Walkowitz, the English Department chair at Rutgers University, and sent to faculty, staff and students in an email, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix.

Walkowitz sent the email on “Juneteenth,” which celebrates the commemoration of emancipation from slavery in the United States.

Titled “Department actions in solidarity with Black Lives Matter,” the email states that the ongoing and future initiatives that the English Department has planned are a “way to contribute to the eradication of systemic inequities facing black, indigenous, and people of color.”

One of the initiatives is described as “incorporating ‘critical grammar’ into our pedagogy.”

It is listed as one of the efforts for Rutgers’ Graduate Writing Program, which “serves graduate students across the Rutgers community. The GWP’s mission is to support graduate students of all disciplines in their current and future writing goals, from coursework papers to scholarly articles and dissertations,” according to its website.

Under a so-called critical grammar pedagogy, “This approach challenges the familiar dogma that writing instruction should limit emphasis on grammar/sentence-level issues so as to not put students from multilingual, non-standard ‘academic’ English backgrounds at a disadvantage,” the email states.

“Instead, it encourages students to develop a critical awareness of the variety of choices available to them w/ regard to micro-level issues in order to empower them and equip them to push against biases based on ‘written’ accents.”
Perhaps to lead the way and speed-critical theory along, Rebecca Walkowitz should change her oppressive-sounding Jewish(?) name to something like Rabada Xwitz.


(ht Murray Sabrin)


  1. With material like this Target Liberty will give Comedy Central a run for da moni!

    Paging the Lab Manager, weigh in, man, puhleeze!

  2. Rabada Xwitz. HaHaHaHaHaHa. I love using their own BS against them.

  3. I don't understand why American-born blacks aren't insulted by this type of stuff. English is their first language, and English has certain rules. This approach smacks of "They're too stupid to follow the rules, so let's change the rules." (It's either that, or admitting that government-prison-schools are unable to teach grammar.)