Butte College Instructor calls veterans unteachable, study refutes claim
You really should go watch the video LOCATED HERE before I even discuss this, because Jodi Rives' prejudice needs to be seen to be believed.
Facebook posts by Jodi Rives, a part-time Communication instructor at Butte College's Chico campus, were brought to the attention of the school's administration. In one such post, Rives writes that her military students struggle to be prepared for academic work. In another post, she writes that staying literate for returning military students is a full-time job.
Um. Ok. But before I even refute that bit of nonsense, let's not get in the way of Jodi Rives going completely off the rails:
In an interview Rives said she stands by her posts adding that military personnel are being ill-served in preparing for civilian life.
"I can't show specific student work. But if I were able to do that, which I would not because it would violate their privacy ... clearly, you would be able to see that these are people struggling with academic skills," Rives said.
In response to another person's post, Rives discusses "military guys" having a large pool of people to rape, a comment she defended.
"It's not just the case of one or two incidents," Rives said. "How many apples have to be bad before we suspect that the barrel has problems?"
I'm not even going to refute that based on personal experience, except to note that I have a law degree and was an E5, my best friend was an E5 with a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Georgetown, and my other best friend in the Army just got into William and Mary for his Masters program. And I was in an infantry unit. The allegedly most troll-like MOS ever in existence, and almost every guy around me had some college if not a degree already.
Just over half of veterans who sought a higher education from 2002 through 2013 under the GI Bill completed schooling ranging from vocational training to post-graduate, according to an unprecedented review of nearly 800,000 college records to be released Monday.
The research released by the Student Veterans of America service organization is the first in-depth look at how those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are performing in college. While analysts say results could be better, the numbers appear to refute reports — some in the media, some anecdotal — that most of these veterans are dropping out or failing in college.
"I've heard it over the last few years about the disaster of these students. That it's terrible, (that) they're just flunking at huge rates," says Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, a Purdue University professor and director of the Military Family Research Institute, who studied the report. "That's not right."
Sometimes I am amazed at how ridiculous college professors and instructors can be. Her comments about rape in the military are utterly ridiculous as well, as she would know if she checked the number of sexual assaults which happen yearly on college campuses. Should we shut down all colleges?