Princeton freshman Diane Metcalf-Leggette is suing the university for not allowing her extra time on exams. Citing a learning disability, Metcalf-Leggette claimed that without the special concessions she might not do well on her midterms.
It’s called freshman year, Diane. Most people don’t do well on their first midterms.
But really, there’s a bigger issue at stake. The place for learning disabilities on campus is generally drowning in a vat of amphetamine-soaked distrust. Diagnoses are diagnoses, right? Metcalf-Leggette has a whole bunch of them. According to The Prince:
Metcalf-Leggette’s complaint asserted that she has four learning disabilities, which were diagnosed in 2003: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mixed-receptive-expressive language disorder, disorder of written expression and developmental coordination disorder. The conditions, according to the complaint, hinder her ability to focus, process information and communicate in writing.
So should the University trust the doctors and give this girl some help? Oh wait, they already do.
The University currently accommodates Metcalf-Leggette’s disabilities by offering her a “reduced distraction testing environment,” a limit of one exam per day and a 10-minute break each hour, the law journal reported.
Get to know the Americans with Disabilities Act and fury of testing the Tiger after the jump.
Long story short, Metcalf-Leggette made it through high school with honors and got into Princeton and everything with the help of 100 percent time extensions. Her brother, David Metcalf ’08, was granted time extensions at Princeton. But in order to ace those finals, she says she’ll need help. After an unsuccessful attempt to get extra time for midterms last week, her appeal will be decided. around January 11, 2010.
Who really cares? As a varsity soccer player, Metcalf-Leggette definitely has to keep a minimum GPA. And the job market will inevitably suck in 2013 as much as it has in 2009. Since the ADA say that you can’t (under certain conditions) discriminate based on disability, wouldn’t it be easier to just go ahead and give everyone 100 percent more time?
Nobody would argue. Metcalf-Leggette would continue to score game-winning goals. And everyone at Princeton would get sweet jobs at sweet investment banks. Go ahead and throw in some extra study drugs.
So really, Princeton University. Why do you hate America so much?