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Perelman Quote ‘Offensive’

I object strongly to Writing Requirement Czar Les Perelman’s statement in yesterday’s Tech, “The reason for [the difference between online FEE test takers and written test takers] is that people who are weak in something tend to procrastinate.”

Some of the weakest students I know have the best work habits of anyone I know, and some of the strongest students I know procrastinate like there’s no today. I am doubtful that Perelman can substantiate his claim with either references to established studies or sound inferences based on the results of the FEE.

I asked Percival, my pet frog, for its opinion. It replied, “Les Perelman is a self-righteous lout.” I mention this only because I have substantially higher respect for Percival than I do for Perelman.

In closing, I firmly believe that Perelman’s statement is offensive to both weak students and procrastinators, and on behalf of both groups I challenge him to substantiate his claims or offer a public retraction of his statement.

Kai-yuh Hsiao G