Thursday, November 21, 2013

Excuses, Excuses

Tam put a post up today that got me a little riled.

Essentially, it is about a wonderful young woman who is suing her college for making her take two math prerequisite courses (just like every other student on campus) to get her degree.  The article at the link goes on to say:

Valdez’s disabilities include Asperger’s syndrome, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyscalculia, which is a mathematics learning disability, her attorney, Donald Harris, said Tuesday.

The amusing dyscalculia thing aside, I note that if one reviews her list of "ailments" that every one of them, while they are real ailments that cause real suffering to the people that actually have them, are also popular ailments for people to claim to have as an excuse for being a shitty person.

Apparently, being crappy at math is now a pathology that requires special ADA dispensations now.

I did find solace in the comments at Tam's, however, in the sense that other people were dismantling her in much the same way I felt compelled to.  I think the best of the lot was this one:

Even if it's a disease and it's not your fault, it's still your responsibility. You didn't choose to be dyslexic or diabetic or whatever, but you have to figure out how to deal with it. Not make the whole world turn upside down to accommodate you.
Bingo.  If your degree requires that you take Class X, then you need to take Class X to get that degree.  If you can't pass Class X, then get a different degree, or recognize that maybe college isn't for you.  If we allow everyone to drive their own narrative on what a degree should require, then degrees will become meaningless.

How would we feel about engineering degrees being passed out to people who claim that they have dyscalculia and can't do math?  It's discrimination, for goodness sake, to deny a guy that can't do math his engineering degree!  

Who drives over the bridge first?

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