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June 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

UW’s diversity requirement

Require U.S. history instead

The UW is not a liberal-arts college and diversity courses should not be a requirement if you are in math, engineering, business, computers, etc. [“UW to require diversity course,” NWMonday, June 10]. This seems to be politically driven by some minority students.

I believe that all students, including minority students, would be better off if they were required to take courses in the U.S. Constitution, the American free-market economy, American history and Western civilization — especially minority students who were not born in the United States. They would be well served by learning about our culture.

Paul Smith, Mercer Island

Embrace diversity everywhere

I appreciated Lornet Turnbull’s reporting on the new diversity requirement for incoming UW undergraduates. It is ironic that the UW is finally coming to this realization while Seattle Public Schools is doing everything in its power to shut down an award-winning diversity curriculum being taught at the Center School and punishing the teacher by transferring him to a middle school [“Seattle Public Schools stumbles on race, teacher Jon Greenberg,” seattletimes.com, June 7].

All of this seems to further the argument that the school district and Superintendent José Banda are either way out of touch or being used to push some other agenda.

Brad Vanderburg, Seattle

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