UC system sued
stevenjamar at gmail.com
Mon Aug 29 11:31:49 PDT 2005
This is many, many steps removed from Rick's stated fear.
Universities can have admissions standards and exercise discretion as
to what courses meet its admissions requirements. UC is not
excluding those students. It is merely saying that certain subjects
are prerequisites to admission to the University and that certain
courses do not meet the requirements merely because they are called
"biology" or whatever.
Rick, do you seriously contend that a school could call a course
about Genesis "Biology" and require the UC system to accept it as a
HS science course?
On Aug 29, 2005, at 2:22 PM, Rick Duncan wrote:
> Of course, Sandy is correct that universities have to take merit
> into account when making admissions decisions. But doesn't it
> trouble Sandy, even a little, when a state university begins to
> censor textbooks, used in state-accredited high schools, for
> unacceptable viewpoints? Suppose Red State U decides that it will
> not credit high school history courses that use textbooks that
> contain "feminist" perspectives or "anti-war" perspectives? Would
> this trouble Sandy, when students who graduate from these schools
> are informed that, no matter how good their academic achievements,
> they may not attend the state university system paid for by their
> parents' tax dollars?
> The news article said that UC has a long history of admitting
> students who graduated from the now unapproved Christian high
> schools. I wonder if the university checked to see whether these
> students performed well? Does Sandy really believe that a student
> who graduated at the top of the class from one of the unapproved
> schools and who achieved high scores on the SAT or ACT is not
> academically prepared for the UC system?
> Indeed, this policy could be seen as a declaration of war by UC
> against religious high schools that teach certain religious
> viewpoints in the classroom (not just in science class, but in
> history, social studies, and other courses). This is only one step
> removed from regulations that withhold accreditation from private
> schools based upon the viewpoints taught in the classroom. Is Sandy
> really comfortable with this under the 1A?
> Rick Duncan
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