Art student sues for math-free degree

Claiming multiple disabilities, an art student is suing her private college to demand a math-free art degree, reports The Missoulian.

Hannah Valdez, who hopes to become a graphic artist, attends Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. She’s flunked and dropped math classes required for a bachelor’s degree.

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

Rocky Mountain admitted her even though college officials knew her SAT score for math placed her in the bottom 5 percent of all students, the lawsuit said.

The college is offering Valdez special tutoring by associate math professor Robyn Cummins.

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  1. If she hadn’t wanted to take, or felt she couldn’t pass, the required math course(s), she should have chosen another college, which doesn’t require math. Or, since she’s an art major, chosen an art institute instead of a regular college. A dyslexic relative did the first and a HS classmate of my son’s did the second. She chose to go to that school, so she needs to take the required courses. Math, along with the freshman sciences and English comp, used to be designated weeder courses; designed to remove the unprepared and/or the unmotivated from the class as expeditiously as possible. Stop the whining, already. Of course, in the days before schools were forbidden to ask disability/psych questions of applicants, she never would have been admitted.

    • momof4,

      I agree, this whole concept is pathetic, if the standard for granting a degree is ‘passing the required core courses, including math’, then you either have a standard or you don’t.

      The students who did pass the math requirement (and all other required courses) should be railing against this student, regardless of her disability.


  2. “Special” (private?) tutoring, paid for, presumably, by the college for this special little snowflake at the bottom of the barrel? I’ve worked with this type before, and you couldn’t pay me enough to take on that Sisyphean task. I suppose it’s considered “elitist,” but people who are as dumb as a bag of hammers really have no business going to a bona fide college.

  3. Sarcastic Psych professors teaching graduate school for psychometric professionals warned about dyscalculia. After all, dyslexia was already being touted, and still is, as a problem.

    In it’s Latin roots, dyslexia means cannot read. I have also read reports about dysgrafia. I’m surprised that wasn’t listed by this student.

    It’s amazing she can get out of bed, in the morning.