Study: Teachers go soft on minority students’ work

After reading a poorly written essay, teachers offered comments and advice. Those who thought the writer was black or Latino provided more praise and less criticism, according to a Rutgers study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology (JEP), reports Science Daily.

(The study) involved 113 white middle school and high school teachers in two public school districts located in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area, one middle class and white, and the other more working class and racially mixed.

“Many minority students might not be getting input from instructors that stimulates intellectual growth and fosters achievement,” said Kent Harber, Rutgers-Newark psychology professor.

George W. Bush called it “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

A scholarship for white males

Texas State students are raising money to offer scholarships to white males, reports the Austin American-Statesman. “If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?” asks Colby Bohannan, a communication major and Iraq war veteran, who is president of the Former Majority Association for Equality in San Marcos.

Non-Hispanic whites aren’t a majority in Texas; they make up about 45 percent of the population.

To qualify for a $500 scholarship, applicants must have a GPA over 3.0, demonstrate financial need and be at least 25 percent Caucasian and male.

The nine-member scholarship board includes three women, one Hispanic and one African-American, Bohannan told the American-Statesman.

A white guy is a terrible thing to waste, writes Darren.