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UB students and their apologists are a disgrace

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivers the University of Baltimore's winter commencement address. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun video)

University of Baltimore professor Jennifer Keohane’s tolerance and support (as expressed in her Dec. 20 op-ed, “DeVos' UB speech rings hollow”) for the recent incivility and intolerance of a bunch of ill-mannered graduates who stood with their backs turned during Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ commencement address is a disgrace. If this is a reflection of the kind of graduates your university’s heavily-taxpayer-funded educational efforts turn out, then UB is a waste of taxpayer money. Your condoning and supporting this type of student behavior is counterproductive to the mission of higher education in a democracy to promote respect for the free exchange of ideas and opinions.

This type of incivility seems to be a growing reflection of the failed public educational system. Further, it confirms my and others’ opinions that UB continues to operate as a third-rate university.

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Jim Russell, Ellicott City

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