Social justice warriors have overtaken the University of Washington’s Writing Center and have unveiled a new — lower — standard for grammar. The University of Washington writing center states on their website that they:

  • help students understand fully what any given assignment is asking them to do;
  • help students plan clearly how to complete assignments carefully;
  • help students execute that plan from the initial writing of research/class notes through the submission of a successful draft;

However, they also have decided that American grammar is “racist” and an “unjust language structure”. In a poster hung in the writing center, “knowledgable tutors” vow to prioritize rhetoric over grammatical correctness.

We promise to emphasize the importance of rhetorical situations over grammatical ‘correctness’ in the production of texts.

The University stated:

The statement urges, “there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,” and with this in mind, the Center aims to ensure that through compassion and careful consideration, staff do not inadvertently embrace racist practices.

The poster in question states:

“We promise to emphasize the importance of rhetorical situations over grammatical ‘correctness’ in the production of texts. We promise to challenge conventional word choices and writing explanations.”

Read the poster in its entirety below:

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The University released the following statement in response to backlash regarding the poster:

The Writing Center statement is not about changing the standard for how UW Tacoma teaches commonly accepted English, grammar and composition. UW Tacoma students achieve thorough proficiency in grammar and English expected in higher education and the workplace. Faculty demand a high level of writing proficiency. Our graduates are successful in a wide array of fields.

The statement is about the Writing Center’s commitment to be inclusive and welcoming to all students.  It was developed as a statement representing the values of the Writing Center faculty, staff and student tutors and was developed through a collaborative process.

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