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Making up the grade: Notes from the antiversity



Robert Editor's Note: This essay and the one by Daniel Kaufman that follows it deal in large part with the City University of New York. The authors of both have been adjunct professors in that large university system and they both agree on its limitations. The editors feel that it may be constructive to contrast the reactions of the two authors to the conditions in which they teach. But if...the standards of a great Negro college are to be set by schools of lower and different object, whither are the ideals of this University falling? If you find that you cannot give technical courses of college grade, then give high-school courses or kindergarten courses and call them by their right names. There may often be excuse for doing things poorly in this world, but there is never any excuse for calling a poorly done thinb well done. The times are perilous. A stubborn determination at this time on the part of the Negro race, to uphold its ideals, keep its standards, and unceasingly contend for its rights, means victory; and victory a great deal sooner than any of you imagine. But a course of self-abasement and surrender, of



Academic QuestionsSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 1998

DOI: 10.1007/s12129-998-1010-2

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