Education professor: Our schools must be disrupted!

When you’re a victim, you’re not responsible

An operating theory here at Blaska Policy Werkes is that our schools of education are more dangerous than the sociology departments of their universities. More dangerous because teacher schools spread their nonsense throughout the nation’s K-12 schools, whereas sociology departments write inscrutable screeds read only by other sociology professors.

That rotten apple fell on Blaska’s head when Jennifer Cheatham announced that she was going to indoctrinate future school supers at her new job at Harvard, which recently revoked its admission to a Parkland high school shooting survivor when it discovered racist tweets the kid wrote as a sophomore, before the bullets started flying. Harvard was where Jennifer Cheatham learned that her success was owing only to her “white privilege” (a term that shall be enclosed in snotty quotation marks here at the Werkes, forevermore). 

dunce_cap_michaelsWhich is why the lady throws her teachers in the Madison school district under the bus first and does not ask questions later any time the race card is played. Which is also why teachers tell you that if they wrote up kids for dropping the F Bomb that is all they would do all day. Imagine your school days being polluted in that manner! And that is just the language! It doesn’t get to the firearms, the car jackings, library trashings, cafeteria brawls, and physical assaults on teachers.

Blaska Policy Werkes disclosed that four UW-Madison professors of education have been cheerleading Freedom Inc. politicization of our schools. (“UW tenured radicals teach hate“) First on its agenda is ridding our troubled high schools of those troublesome police officers.

The WI State Journal has been stellar in fighting to keep those officers, writing on June 13:

Little evidence suggests officers are targeting minority students because of their race. All of the school officers are black or Latina, serving as strong role models. 

But Madison’s newspaper of record succumbed to the prevailing zeitgeist when it added:

More likely, the numbers reflect broader disparities and challenges in society, such as poverty, unemployment, access to health care and housing. These factors also contribute to the achievement gap, in which fewer minority students are proficient in core subjects and fewer graduate. These disparities can contribute to behavior at school that leads to discipline from staff and interactions with police.


Culture of victimhood

That required a corrective from Blaska, which the State Journal graciously printed today (06-18-19):

The State Journal’s recent editorial “School Board votes to keep students safe” is no doubt correct that poverty and other societal challenges play a role in Madison’s racially disproportionate, school-behavior issues. But so does the culture of victimhood.

“Access to health care” does not explain the 15 to 20 middle school students who, after trashing Lakeview Library last March, taunted: “We don’t have to listen to the police!” and, “You can’t touch us.”

These 11- to 13-year-olds may not have learned that fallacy at school, but they didn’t unlearn it there, either. A superintendent of schools who blames her success on “white privilege” sends a powerfully destructive message that personal responsibility matters not — only the luck of the racial draw. It’s called “the soft bigotry of low expectations” — itself, a form of racism.

Madison teachers are racist?

In same issue this morning, another letter writer blames racist school teachers who “don’t let [black kids] participate in our reading lessons because their behavior doesn’t match our expectations.”

Their behavior “doesn’t match our expectations”? Might that be the PC way of saying they’re not behaving? Disrupting the classroom? 

That nugget of race-shaming was submitted by Sharon Besser, Madison, associate professor of education, Edgewood College, who goes on to write:

To blame this on societal factors outside the school instead of examining structures in place inside schools that privilege the white middle class and that disadvantage everyone else does nothing to disrupt the status quo. It also enables white people to not take responsibility for their complicity in the racism in our schools. 

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Get it? Madison teachers are racists. There are mysterious “structures” inside our schools that “privilege the white middle class” — those hell hounds of oppression! The status quo, it must be disrupted! Judging by the testimony of a growing number of teachers, Madison’s public schools are being disrupted, alright.

For extra credit:

From Peter Berkowitz, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University:

Identity politics represents the latest assault to emanate from our colleges and universities on the principles and practices of liberal democracy. It directs students to think of themselves as members of a race, class, or gender first and primarily, and then to define their virtue in terms of the degree of oppression that they believe the group with which they identify has suffered.

It demotes the individual rights shared equally by all that undergird American constitutional government, while distributing group rights based on its self-proclaimed hierarchy of grievances. It imperiously pronounces collective guilt and summarily rejects appeals. It nurtures a sense of victimhood in those it purports to protect and empower. In the guise of fighting domination, it aims to impose its will on all. In these ways and more, identity politics trains students to turn up the heat of the tribalism that threatens to engulf the nation.

It declares — without any apparent felt need to marshal evidence or examine alternative opinions — that the history of Western civilization is marked by a structural racism and sexism, and by a systemic persecution of the powerless by the privileged. The sister doctrine of intersectionality adds that all crimes and sins committed by the unjustly privileged oppressors — typically white men — are indissolubly connected while righteousness inheres exclusively in the oppressed, comprising people of color and women.

BTW: Cops in schools will be introduced at tonight’s Madison Common Council (Agenda Item #54 )but likely will get final action at its July 2 meeting. 

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8 Responses to Education professor: Our schools must be disrupted!

  1. Tom Paine says:

    So, put them to the test. Allow all power and decisions to be made by race. Re-segregate schools and administrations……………………….and you’ll still get declining scores, absenteeism, behavioral problems. The issue is not race, it is the culture of expectations.. That can never be admitted, so either segregate by race or continue the current model of dysfunctionalism where whites and European Culture will forever remain the source of all victims’ problems.

    Without segregation…………does anyone seriously believe anything can ever be done to satisfy those whose scream “wascism” ?

    There are reasons that shiphole nations exist. There are reasons that most of Latin America is a cesspool of crime, drugs, and dysfunctionalism. It is the absence of European cultural values…..and Asian cultural values.


  2. Batman says:

    Picketing would be effective in drawing media attention to the dysfunction of local governance but alas, precious few care enough or disagree while Madison schools inexorably circle the drain.
    As previously noted, to enroll one’s child in MMSD is borderline child abuse.

    Small in numbers big in disruption, tail wags dog.



  3. Ana says:

    Professors of Education, interested in closing the achievement gap, should be designing an effective study rather than riding the identity politics fad. Professing a fad can lead to
    everlasting shame. Pragmatically, it can also lead to unemployment. Grant dollars tend to dry up when unsubstantiated theories lead to bad practice

    Why not investigate the qualities of low income, African American children, who actually close the achievement gap. Measure, with real numbers, just what works for these children. Is it victimhood or diligence? Should it be disrespect of respectful elders or a “can do” attitude? Will bullying of other low income students who come to school ready to learn close the gap better than a ready to learn posture? Does race shaming an African American educator who believes in teaching social skills and respect get one to college faster than the following of his path?

    There is a history of educational fads gone bad.
    Some years ago a Professor in Arizona achieved fame for a bogus program that led to decades of ridicule . “Whole Language” became a sweeping but too little examined fad. The idea that the teaching of reading should not be divorced from content was an attractive one to people who preferred literature to phonics. (Here’s how it went: the teacher would read something like, “Billy calls his balloon buddy” and all children were to magically learn the sound of the letter “b.”) This “theory” was based on very poorly designed research. Nonetheless, professors and educational administrators, throughout the country, dropped phonetic instruction for beginning readers and expected them to learn by osmosis. The outcome was extremely unfortunate. Many, many children, who could not learn to read through Whole Language alone, had to spend time in Special Education or with an expensive tutor. It took about ten years to drop this program.

    Well designed research is important. Fads are bad.


  4. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Ever feel that <a href=";Summer Learning Loss compromises Indoctrication?

    Welp, turn that frown upside down, because Social Justice Summer Camp stands poised to exploit that niche: Kiddies forgetting that they’re either, depending on their melanin content, supposed to feel crushing White Lefty Guilt or monumentally entitled victimhoodie!

    Budding Roses, the brainchild of a “ ‘volunteer-run collective of educators, students, and activists’ will be working to plant an activist seed in children entering fourth through eighth grade next fall.”

    Where? None other than the Bedrock Conservative Bastion of Portland, OR.

    What could possibly go wrong. I mean, like, you know, it’s FOR THE CHILDREN, am I right?

    One can only imagine the overwhelming satisfaction that failed Austrian artist would feel (were he not rotting in Hell), smiling approvingly as he intoned:

    “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”

    The Gotch


  5. madisonexpat says:

    In 2012 Joe Biden was speaking to black voters and asserted “They want to put ya’ll back in chains.” Who knew he was speaking of the MMSD in 2019?
    Excusing bad behavior enables failure in children and/or their parents. The Liberal Plantation of good intentions will chain these kids to a belief in their inevitable failure to accomplish reasonable goals. This has nothing to do with skin color. I spent 28 mos. building schools in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I’ve known many black kids, teachers and parents, good and bad. Those that valued education accepted the necessary discipline and effort….. or they didn’t.
    Samey same, there or here.


  6. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Once again we have a discussion of the parlous state of education in Madison schools that makes no mention of the role of parents.The passage from the State Journal citing “broader disparities and challenges” (translation: anything but personal responsibility) for minority students is typical. Kids’ characters are shaped (or mis-shaped) as much by what they experience at home as by what they experience in school, perhaps more. Wisconsin Rapids recently made the national news by proposing to fine the parents of bullies. How about fining the parents of kids who constantly disrupt classes, threaten teachers, and generally make learning next-to-impossible for their peers?

    Thanks for the quote from Peter Berkowitz–truer words were never spoken. Let’s hope the Democrats keep peddling the snake-oil of identity politics right through the 2020 campaign. It was certainly one of the factors that got Trump elected the first time; it’s bound to work again.

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  7. madisonexpat says:

    It’s working alright.


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