And more choices for school board!
At least our progressive … acquaintances recognize the toxicity of critical race theory because they deny teaching it (but if they did it would be O.K.)
When you fire a white “positive behavior coach” for trying to defuse a black girl’s classroom tantrum, you’re not just teaching critical race theory. You’re practicing it! (Read & weep.)
We do agree with the Wisconsin State Journal that legislating against CRT is less effective than getting control of our schools. The sometimes reasonable Ross Douthat of the New York Times quotes Samuel Goldman of George Washington U.:
“Statute books are where conservative curriculum reforms go to die.” The problem isn’t just that the new statutes are too broad or too ambiguous. “It’s that they target ideas rather than the structure and personnel of educational institutions.”
Douthat: “So long as the institutions that train and represent public education’s personnel are dominated by liberals, ideological trends within those institutions are much more important than any attempt to legislate against them.”
It is axiomatic at the Werkes that if there be only five progressives in your town, four of them will sit on the school board. And the two conservative teachers will keep their heads down.
Got to get people outside the orbit of Progressive Dane and their ilk to run for school board. We’d also like to see some balance infused our schools of education. During his quixotic bid for a seat on the seven-member Madison Board of Education two years ago, Blaska did not ballyhoo the support of former governor Tommy Thompson. Tommy always understood the importance of local office and of education.
Gov. Thompson is now acting president of the University of Wisconsin System but dicker with curriculum and you get accused of censorship by the censorious, cancel culture Left. Douthat suggests the equivalent of a Federalist Society for education. We need conservative teachers to speak out. (We’re listening!)
Recall the sturm und drang accompanying the creation of the Tommy Thompson Center at UW-Madison as a kind of counterweight to the La Follette Institute? Would it be balanced, Democrats fretted?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: That’s a question never asked of liberal institutions.
What does it tell you that there was no competition for
Madison school board last election?