WSU Education Department studying ‘litmus test’

October 20, 2005

Washington State University is reviewing its policies on evaluating the character of students in the teacher training program after a student alleged the College of Education was biased against conservatives.

Provost Robert Bates said Tuesday the matter is under review within the college, which is under fire for evaluating students in a way that makes personal political beliefs grounds for failure.

At issue is an evaluation form that asks if a student exhibits an understanding of the complexities of race, power, gender, class, sexual orientation and privilege in American society.

Ed Swan, 42, failed four Professional Dispositions Evaluation forms filled out by Education faculty and was threatened with termination from the program in August.

Swan, a self-employed landscaper from Othello, is a conservative Christian who is outspoken in his views about politics, race, social change, religion, and the Constitution. He doesn't support affirmative action and he doesn't feel gays should adopt children...

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