Supports diversity in higher education

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 2, 2014 

A friend tipped me off to the online tempest over remarks by Bruce Shepard, president of WWU, regarding future consequences of the demographic disparity between Western students and the community at large. I once taught in a secondary school on Long Island. There was an influx of Italian-Americans from nearby New York City, typically families where both parents worked to meet the mortgage, leaving hands-on parenting to a live-in grandmother from Sicily or Naples. Although I detected no deficit in ability compared to unhyphenated American kids, few Italian-Americans ever even considered college. As a result, they were sometimes less motivated students.Would it have made a difference if representatives from Hofstra or Adelphi had reached out to express interest in them? Maybe, and a great waste of talent might have been avoided. Well said, Mr. Shepard.

Jack Frymire

Bellingham

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