We aren’t teaching it but if we were, good for us!
Progressivism is rule by expert. You’re not a scientist, so your opinions on the Covid pandemic are irrelevant. (Police will arrest you for wind surfing alone in the ocean.) Our natural resources should be regulated by unelected environmentalists, not subject to voters’ “whims.” (That puddle is a navigable water.) You’re not a professional educator, so you have no say what goes on in the classroom.
Which is why educrats a) deny that critical race theory (CRT) is being taught in the schools (thereby tacitly acknowledging its toxicity); b) demonize as racist anyone who would be critical of CRT; c) purposely conflate CRT with unbiased history, d) teach it anyway.
At The Dispatch, Jonah Goldberg reports that last week, teachers unions organized protests to defend the teaching of critical race theory in more than 20 cities. “They cling to the talking point that it’s not being taught in schools, and presumably that it shouldn’t be. But if it is, they will defend the right to teach it.”
The curtain has dropped
At its annual convention last week, the National Education Association, the largest teachers union, called for “increasing the implementation of culturally responsive education, critical race theory, and ethnic (Native people, Asian, Black, Latin(o/a/x), Middle Eastern, North African, and Pacific Islander) Studies curriculum in pre- K-12 and higher education.”
“Critical theory is a neo-Marxist ideology that is pervasive in higher education and teaches that a person is defined above all else by race, gender and sexual orientation, and that American institutions are designed to ensure white supremacy and “the patriarchy.” — Wall Street Journal.
Delegates also directed the [teaches union] to lobby for “professional development around cultural responsiveness, implicit bias, anti-racism, trauma-informed practices, restorative justice practices and other racial justice trainings for all school employees.” The delegates called for similar training for students.
Another delegate-approved measure calls for the union to issue a study criticizing “empire, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy, cis-heteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism, and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society.”
Another approved statement asks the union to “join with Black Lives Matter at School and the Zinn Education Project” to hold a rally on George Floyd’s birthday, honor other victims of police violence, and promote “a national day of action to teach lessons about structural racism and oppression.” (That’s Zinn as in Howard Zinn, the late radical whose history of the United States boils down to one long tale of the people versus the oppressors in power.)
Deconstructing progressive socialists:
John Nichols in The Nation: “Eric Adams ran a savvy campaign that attracted … voters who were worried by media reports of mounting gun violence in the city.”
Get it?! What furrowed voters’s brows were “media reports” — not actual crime. Not shootings, muggings or murders but “gun violence.” Those guns, they sure are violent! Nichols then pivots to down-ballot victories by his fellow socialists who aren’t all that discombobulated by “media reports of gun violence.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Let us recognize that critical race theory is the handmaiden of the Left’s war on cops, its return to racial segregation, cancel culture, top-down economic and cultural socialism, men in women’s locker rooms, busted windows and toppled statutes. And THAT is today’s heaping helping of woke intersectionality!
once again, the Squire nails it.
I think CRT is not being taught to grade schoolers, but its effects are. For example, you might not teach kids any more that the civil war was only about “states rights” and instead actually discuss the racist past of the good ol’ USA. That’s not terrible.
Claiming the left is conflating CRT with “unbiased history”… What is this unbiased history you speak of? From what I’ve read about CRT it sounds more like a collective attempt to determine where exactly the biases of history have been, and are, and how that affects society. Not so crazy. “OH NO, MARXISM!” Haha. Whatever.
“the Left’s war on cops, its return to racial segregation” heheeuhheheheuehe smoking the good stuff are we tonight?
Not sure where you went to school, but I went to grade school in the 70s and learned all about the evils of slavery and how black people have suffered throughout our nation’s history. We also learned that early immigrants were treated like garbage and that women weren’t allowed to vote.
We’re not a perfect nation by any means, but we’re also a nation of goodness that has the capacity to learn from its mistakes and grow. Black people are now in positions of leadership (including one former president), they sit on corporate boards, are millionaires (one’s a billionaire), pundits, authors, and scientists. These kinds of things don’t happen in an evil, racist county.
CRT and leftists focus solely on the negative aspects of our nation, and more disgustingly, that white people are born bad and that we’re all a bunch of racists. THAT is the definition of racism.
My family (and most others) had absolutely nothing to do with oppressing anyone. They didn’t arrive here until the 20th century and were treated poorly themselves. Maybe the people who feel the need to label everyone and everything as racist are the ones who have something to feel guilty about.
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This was in reply to FB.
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For some reason I remember vividly an illustration in my American History textbook from (I think) 5th or 6th grade. In the chapter on the Civil War, it showed a drawing of a white overseer whipping a cringing black slave; the caption was “The North said slavery was like this.” Next to it was another drawing of happy darkies dancing around a cabin; the caption was “The South said slavery was like this.” Simplistic as it was in its effort to show both sides of the issue, it’s a vast improvement over what’s being taught to kids today. (It also implied that the truth lay somewhere between those two extremes.) And I’m sure nowhere in the book was there anything about how the sins of earlier generations must be atoned for (with $$$ of course) by today’s Americans, most of whose ancestors weren’t living in this country at the time of the Civil War.
Blaming a gun for criminal behavior is like blaming a spoon for Mayor Satya being fat.
If guns were violent, I’m surprised how anyone gets out of Cabela’s alive.
There’s no gun problem in America, but there IS a criminal behavior problem.
Rather than going off half-cocked, Lefties should first define the problem better.
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Ha! Spoon control on Hoard Street!
FB kinda succeeded in getting the comments w-a-y off the subject. That’d be OK if he had ever read the recent news and comprehended it… He says, “I think CRT is not being taught to grade schoolers.” Must be living w/ no ‘Net access,newspapers or TV.
Somehow, unlike the other 99% of unions in the USA, the NEA actually attempts to dictate what their members DO and what they TEACH. The parallel has been made by better minds than mine, but can you imagine the utter CHAOS if the UAW tried to influence what GM, FIAT and Ford produce? Historically unions were created to protect wages, job security and benefits…
Whirl is King nowadays and the result will be scobs and flinders for our youth, instead of new experiences and a worthwhile education.
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Since my “whiteness” and the American flag are now a symbol of systemic racism I have to wonder where my whiteness and my love for America as embodied by our flag came from.
My whiteness is an easy one. God made me! I wasn’t in on that plan. I didn’t get asked what color or race I wanted to be born as God is the one who made me.
So take it up with HIM. See how far that get’s you!
As far as the American flag. I remember going to kindergarten way, way back in 1963. We, little crumb crunchers, had to put our right hands over our hearts and say the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and for the values in which it contained and those would be Life, Liberty and Happiness for all.
I stood there in my class room in Fanwood N.J., West Chicago and Saint Charles ILL. with students who were white, black and Brown and said the pledge of allegiance every day of my school days until I was in Jr. High and High School.
So, I blame the NEA and the public school systems for my systemic racist attitudes as they were the ones who indoctrinated me to love my country, the United States of America.
I say that as a result of the indoctrination I got at the public schools, we should defund public education. With only 60% of white kids reading, writing and doing math at grade level and with an abysmally smaller percentage of black kids reading, writing and doing math at grade level why the Hell are we funding this broken system when by their own measurements, they are doing an F grade level work.
That is probably why they want to teach all this social justice SHIT! To hide the fact that they cannot teach most of our children AT ALL!
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