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National columnist attacks WSU

October 19, 2005

The test for “good character” in the College of Education at Washington State University has drawn national attention in a piece published this week in U.S News and World Report.

To syndicated columnist John Leo, the test is an unconstitutional outrage because it requires students to conform to liberal rhetoric and beliefs.

In keeping with national accreditation standards, the College of Education evaluates whether students pass the good character test required by the state of all teachers. The evaluation form includes an item asking whether a student “exhibits an understanding of the complexities of race, power, gender, class, sexual orientation and privilege in American society...

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