#ncpol: Think UNC’s Gene Nichol is bad? Meet Altha Cravey.

HURSTON-0812-JFK-01I know. I know. Very similar to “crazy.”  

We’ve provided a lot of coverage to the saga of Gene Nichol, the alleged law professor at UNC, who appears to do little more with his six-figure salary than publish articles bashing Republicans. The UNC Board of Governors reined him in a little.  But there’s an elderly female version of Nichol creeping around the Orange County campus you need to be aware of, as well.

If there is a leftist protest in the Triangle region, you can be pretty sure that UNC professor Altha Cravey is close-by.  (On Twitter, she posts under the handle ‘@LocoCravey” and describes herself as “good at raising hell.”)

In one high profile case, she was trumpeting the cause of “free speech” on the UNC campus.    Then, she turns around to cheerlead attempts to remove any historical reference to the Confederacy from the campus, anduncch spearheads a recent protest to shout down the UNC board of governors over the hiring of Margaret Spellings (who I don’t think has even started work yet).   Free speech is great if you agree with ol’ Altha.  

In the fight against Spellings being hired as UNC president, Cravey frets a lot about potential damage to the quality of education.  Let’s take a look at some of the reviews of her courses some former students have posted to give us a sense of just what Cravey is contributing to public education:

  • Her class was really easy. She’s a really sweet person and is always willing to help anyone who needs it.   posted on December 9, 2011
  • One of the easiest classes I have taken. VERY lenient the class choose the questions for the final exam. Always smiling. Her class had nothing to do with the original description but it was interesting in the end for the most part.   posted on December 14, 2010
      She’s very nice and always smiling. She really seems to care about her students. I didn’t really learn anything of value in her class and it was hard to know what to expect on her exams.   posted on April 17, 2011
  • really sweet lady…until you start asking questions. course content is easy enough to understand; however, she does not use rubrics to grade any 1gSvIo.So.156written assignments and does not provide sufficient explanations for the grades you receive. she has ignored several of my emails concerning her incorrectly inputting my grades in blackboard and final paper grades that were never returned or posted. received a B- in her course when i earned a higher grade due to my grades being recorded incorrectly and her nonresponsiveness.   posted on May 10, 2012
  • She’s a brilliant woman, but a terrible teacher. I took her GEOG 225 course and found it a complete mess. Each class period was spent discussing current events that had a slight or not even remote connection to that day’s subject matter. She didn’t stick to the syllabus, which wasn’t that structured anyways. In short, if you want structured lectures and straightforward lessons then don’t take this class. However, if you’re sincerely interested in human geography then take it because the discussions are awesome…if you participate.   posted on December 10, 2015

Just like with Nichol, it appears we’re paying someone to be a left-wing agitator at the expense of our wallets and our kids’ futures.