Wake Commissioner Candidate Slammed On Education, UNC Report

Wake Citizens Coalition slams “More at Four” Wake County Commissioner candidate. News and Observer hardest hit?

“Matt Calabria noted the “major’s popularity among undergraduate students …” The Wainstein report did also.

The difference? Wainstein soberly reported the sham that the Department of African and Afro-American Studies is. Matt Calabria used it for his personal political advancement.

Now Matt Calabria wants to lecture others about educational excellence in Wake County. Maybe Matt should spend a little more time in Wake County beyond the few brief years he’s been here. He might actually learn something.”

OUCH. That’s gonna leave a mark.

Full email below:

From: Wake Citizens Coalition
Date: October 27, 2014 at 9:09:05 PM EDT
Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MATT CALABRIA PLAYS POLITICS WITH EDUCATION … AGAIN
To: WAKE CITIZENS COALITION

October 27, 2014 Contact: Joey Stansbury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MATT CALABRIA:

PLAYING POLITICS WITH EDUCATION …. AGAIN

 

THE WAINSTEIN REPORT:

“Between 1993 and 2011, Crowder and Nyang’oro developed and ran a “shadow curriculum” within the AFAM Department that provided students with academically flawed instruction through the offering of “paper classes.” These were classes that involved no interaction with a faculty member, required no class attendance or course work other than a single paper, and resulted in consistently high grades that Crowder awarded without reading the papers or otherwise evaluating their true quality.”

Page 3 – Wainstein Report

“It became common knowledge among certain quarters of the student and student-athlete body that Crowder did not grade paper-class papers with a discriminating eye and that a student could receive a high grade for turning in a paper of any quality. As a result, a significant proportion of the papers submitted in these classes included large amounts of unoriginal text. In a number of cases, students submitted papers with original introductions and conclusions, but with copied “fluff” text in between, because they knew that Crowder typically just skimmed the beginning and the end of a paper before awarding a high grade.”

Page 4 – Wainstein Report (emphasis added)

For the Wainstein Report’s full text, click here.

 

THE MATT CALABRIA CAMPAIGN:

Creating a Graduate Program in African and Afro-American Studies

Chancellor Moeser has made clear his intent to add more graduate degree programs, through addition by subtraction. This mean departments and students seeking to create additional majors and new terminal degree programs need to present compelling cases to win approval. For over a decade, the Black Student Movement (BSM) and other groups on campus have fought for the creation of a graduate program in AFRI- and AFAM studies, touting the major’s popularity among undergraduate students and success at attracting highly-qualified minority faculty to campus.

Matt Calabria supports their efforts and as his first act in office, will seek to lay the groundwork for the creation of a doctorate program in African and Afro-American Studies. He has already worked with Dr. Maria DeGuzman to pioneer the creation of the Latino/a Studies program, so he understands the efforts and arguments necessary to bring a great idea into action. With the recent completion of the Sonja Hayes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, a 10,000 volume library will be available to students and scholars alike to promote the cause of African and Afro-American Studies. Matt believes the time is right to put the capstone on this successful program.

Platform – Matt Calabria for Student Body President 2004 (emphasis added)

For the platform’s full text, click here.

Raleigh, NC – Wake County Board of Commissioner’s (not Board of Education) candidate Matt Calabria has made education his campaign’s cornerstone. This is not the first time that Matt Calabria has campaigned for public office in North Carolina. And it’s not the first time that he’s made education his campaign’s political poster child either.

In 2004 then student Matt Calabria ran for UNC-CH Student Body President. He made education the centerpiece of his Student Body President campaign.

How?

“… as his first act in office, will seek to lay the groundwork for the creation of a doctorate in African and Afro-American Studies.”

Why?

“Matt believes the time is right to put the capstone on this successful program.”

“SUCCESSFUL”

Matt Calabria noted the “major’s popularity among undergraduate students …” The Wainstein report did also.

The difference? Wainstein soberly reported the sham that the Department of African and Afro-American Studies is. Matt Calabria used it for his personal political advancement.

Now Matt Calabria wants to lecture others about educational excellence in Wake County. Maybe Matt should spend a little more time in Wake County beyond the few brief years he’s been here. He might actually learn something.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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