No doubt Ebola is a deadly disease, and no doubt some countries are suffering from this (more because of the inconveniences). However, since when did we become afraid of our own shadow in the United Stated? Since when have we reacted so badly to every possible scary thing that passes us? Educators should know better, but we are not immune to the chicken disease it seems (yes I said chicken).
“Rejecting All Nigerians?”
“Nigerians and others are expressing outrage after letters surfaced from Navarro College, a community college in Texas, saying that all applicants from countries with confirmed Ebola cases were being rejected.”
“The letters were sent to several applicants from Nigeria by Elizabeth Pillans, director of international programs at the college. The letters said: "Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases."”
“Idris Bello, an advocate for Africans in the United States, circulated copies of the letter on social media, where they have attracted anger from many. He wrote on Twitter that "it's wrong to discriminate in admission decisions based on #EbolaFear."”
Read the rest here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/10/15/college-texas-told-nigerians-they-were-rejected-coming-country-ebola
Fact: Nigerians students have a reputation for excellence.
Fact: CDC has not recommended this kind measure at all.
Fact: The school handled this badly and is now backtracking and dissembling.
Educators, we are better than this. Change your underwear and move on!
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III