[Ed. – I was never a fan of what “critical” this-that-or-the-other studies used to mean – but now “critical” seems to mean “drop all standards and hyerventilate performatively 24/7.”]
In an email entitled, “Department actions in solidarity with Black Lives Matter,” Chairwoman Rebecca Walkowitz said the English Department would implement “critical grammar” into their practices.
“This approach challenges the familiar dogma that writing instruction should limit emphasis on grammar/sentence-level issues so as to not put students from multilingual, non-standard ‘academic’ English backgrounds at a disadvantage,” she explained.
“Instead, it encourages students to develop a critical awareness of the variety of choices available to them w/ regard to micro-level issues in order to empower them …”
“Linguistic and writing research has shown clearly for many decades that there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,” the document stated.