Media, Democrats, and Jill Biden’s team have all been insistent upon calling Jill Biden “Dr.” She received an Ed.D not a Ph.D and is not a medical doctor.
Now, it’s common for people who have doctorates to use them in the academic setting, although usually they don’t in the rest of their lives. That’s generally considered pretentious.
But I frankly didn’t care whether she used the term or not until they went after an academic, Joseph Epstein, who mentioned the normal standard and how, while she has the doctorate, she really shouldn’t use it in the rest of her life.
Now, whether you agree with him or not, that’s his opinion and he’s entitled to it and it’s the general opinion of a lot of academia.
But they went after the Wall Street Journal for printing it and Epstein himself, trying to shut down that opinion, calling him “misogynist.” The point? To teach the lesson that if you say anything critical or questioning, you will face a mob going after you or your job.
So, given they are so insistent on addressing her as “Dr.”, let’s take a look at what an “executive position paper” looks like to receive that doctorate. The point of the paper was basically to look at problems of student retention in community college.
You can read it all here and you can form your own opinion on it. Now, understand she wasn’t a 26 year old writing this; this is writing from a 55 year old, in 2006.
Not trying to be nasty or partisan, but the writing is awful. She could have used a copy-editor to deal with a lot of the sentences and problems.
So, here are a few samples. Matt Bramanti first pointed out many of them on Twitter.
First, there was this gem in the second sentence: “The needs of the student population are often undeserved, resulting in a student drop-out rate of almost one third.” Were their needs “undeserved” or did she mean “underserved,” as I suspect?
Then there were some other fun ones: “Three quarters of the class will be Caucasian; one quarter of the class will be African American; one seat will hold a Latino; and the remaining seats will be filled with students of Asian descent or non-resident aliens.” How many quarters is that, Dr. Biden?
This was actually her quoting someone else in the paper:
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But then there are some passages which some would look askance at now.
“Although there is strength in diversity as a classroom component, the lack of homogeneity in academic ability makes it difficult to teach to a single standard. [….] As a result, due to the diversity of the student population, student retention is a major problem faced by the community college.”
Yikes, diversity is the problem behind student retention?
Techno Fog also has another passage that seems to follow up on that one:
“Many minority students lack basic skills such as identifying the main idea and supporting statements, identifying parts of speech or using punctuation correctly…”
Well, that’s not going to go over well.