The more things change….
The American electorate may have given Donald Trump a mandate last night, but snowflakes will be snowflakes.
Mindful of his students’ need for a safe space in which to cope with the psychological devastation of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, a professor at Yale University made an exam optional.
The unnamed economics professor’s email to his students was posted on Twitter by Jon Victor, an editor at the Yale Daily News:
BREAKING: Yale Econ 115 professor makes midterm exam optional after students write in expressing shock about presidential election: pic.twitter.com/JQY8GFsQiV
— Jon Victor (@jon_victor_) November 9, 2016
“Dear Econ 115 students,” the letter says. “I am getting many heartfelt notes from students who are in shock over the election returns … the ones I find most upsetting are those who fear, rightly or wrongly, for their own families. These student are requesting that the exam be postponed.”
The professor then says a postponement is impractical, and a full cancellation would be unfair to those who had prepared. And so, he announced, the test would be optional for all students. Students can skip it entirely and have its weight transferred to the final, or they can take it, in which case its score will only be used if it would improve their grade.
This report, by Blake Neff, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.