Monday, May 1, 2017

"Student penalized for using word ‘man’ on his essay"

Via Drudge:  At the University of Florida, a student was recently penalized for writing “man” instead of “humankind” in a class paper.

History major Martin Poirier wrote “Water is a thing prior to man” on a paper for a history class called “History of Water.”

“Thoughtful paper, although the writing-mechanics errors are killing you,” Professor Jack Davis wrote at the bottom of the paper. He gave the student a B minus, according to a copy of the essay published in the student news outlet the Daily Nerv.

Davis circled “man” and referenced his Writing Mechanics Exercise #20, which draws a distinction between “mankind” and “humankind.”

Davis defended the penalization in an email to The College Fix. He explained that the “exercise and inclusion of ‘humankind’ are consistent with the Chicago Manual of Style, the style and the usage guide followed in the discipline of history.”

Davis also said the exercise is “not to enforce political correctness” but is “both a grammar refresher and a style and user guide.”

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7 comments:

chickelit said...

Bowie has Trump hair in that video.

edutcher said...

If he'd used AD, he would have been drawn and quartered.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Oh man!

Rabel said...

You can read the student's paper here. Political correctness is not at the top of his list of writing problems.

Rabel said...

The fact that ze would agree to have that piece of shit published makes me wonder if ze belongs in college at all.

Rabel said...

According to the Chicago Manual of Style "piece-of-shit" should be hyphenated. My apologies.

Methadras said...

I read the paper, kid needs writing lessons. Oh wait.