College Board President’s Letter, Prompted by School Shooting, Sparks Criticism

Feb 22, 2018 by

David Coleman with his sweetie.

Astoundingly tone-deaf.”

“Tacky and self-serving.”

“Overt product placement.”

Those were some of the milder reactions to the message David Coleman, the College Board’s president, sent to the organization’s members on Wednesday.

The email, written in response to the fatal shootings last week at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, began with a nod to the power of words. But by the end of the day, Coleman’s own words had drawn strong criticism on social media, where the collective response was a mix of bafflement and scorn.

Here’s why. In the email, Coleman referred to a recent speech by Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Stoneman Douglas. “One of the things that makes Emma’s speech so striking is that it is infused with references to her AP Government class,” Coleman wrote. “At a time of utmost passion, she insists that she has been trained in evidence.” (“Evidence” is a key word within the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program, as well the Common Core State Standards, which Coleman helped design.)

Source: College Board President’s Letter, Prompted by School Shooting, Sparks Criticism – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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