It’s Day 334 of 15 Days to Flatten the Curve. Deb and I are ok.
Our boys are grown, out of the house and on their own. That’s a relief, too, considering the death-spiral of American education. At the risk of putting too fine a point on the matter, if we were the parents of school-agers these days, we’d move heaven and Earth to keep our children the hell away from public schools and unionized teachers.
Home-schooling, private school, whatever it’d take — we’d make sure our kids got an actual education, not re-education.
For those unaware of what’s being inflicted on our nation’s children these days and the damage it’s doing to our communities, I’m going to present a few examples here. Don’t dismiss them as anecdotal, either — they represent the kind of ideological poison coursing through schools all across America.
In the state of Illinois, the board of education and the state legislature are engaged in revising its standards governing the licensing of teachers. And honestly, the word “revising” doesn’t come close to describing what they’re doing.
In truth, they’re blowing up the licensing standards in favor of what’s being called “culturally responsive teaching and leading” measures. To give you an idea, here’s how the “knowledge indicators” section used to begin:
“The competent teacher understands major concepts, assumptions, debates, principles, and theories that are central to the disciplines in which licensure is sought.”
Makes sense to me — the most important indicator of competence, identified right up front, Illinois teaching standard number 1A, is that a teacher understands the subject they’re teaching. Look at what replaces it in the new standards:
“The competent teacher understands the spectrum of student diversity (e.g., race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, special education, gifted, English language learners (ELL), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity) and the assets that each student brings to learning across the curriculum.”
Hard to believe, isn’t it? Illinois, like an increasing number of states and a disturbing number of school systems, is requiring teachers to be something other than competent educators.
The principal of a public high school in New York City recently gave his students’ parents some homework of their own, asking them to “reflect” on their “whiteness” and declare their place in one of eight categories of “whiteness.” I’m totally not kidding.
Categories in the exercise ranged from the amusingly sinister “white supremacist” to the excruciatingly woke “white abolitionist.” In between were escalating levels of white guilt, gauging parents’ submission to the goals of this Lower East Side re-education camp.
Clearly, this represents the assertion of race as the primary determinant of worth and worthlessness. It cultivates unwarranted shame and baseless culpability. It doesn’t dismantle a culture of racial supremacy — it encourages it.
This is the kind of garbage that’s being fed to America’s children. It’s what one academic observer called “the new language of education.”
The Oregon Department of Education is sending that state’s teachers a “Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course.” It’s billed as a “toolkit” for “dismantling racism in mathematics.” Naturally, progressives believe the solution is to make American kids dumber.
The new curriculum has a name, and I swear I’m not making this up: “ethnomathematics.”
Remember when math was the one subject in which precision was the whole point? When you knew that either you got a problem right or you got it wrong? Well, according to Oregon and the rest of Woke Nation, not any more:
“The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so. Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.”
(You might be wondering how math has anything to do with “open conflict.” Allow me to translate — “fear of open conflict” is what most of us think of as “manners” or simply “being polite,” otherwise known as “not being an asshole.” Math perpetuates “white supremacy culture,” which apparently discourages rudeness. I guess if an answer is either right or wrong, then the discussion is over and you can’t be a rude little shit or talk smack to the teacher. And that’s racist. Got it?)
See, some of the stuff we thought was just plain good is really just plain white — perfectionism, precision, promptness, politeness, principles. Ditto rugged individualism.
But math is the worst. “People of color” don’t do math shit. Or they can’t. Or they won’t. It’s cultural.
Keep in mind, now, that I’m not saying this, any of it — so-called “progressive thought leaders” are. I’m reporting the news they’re making.
Someday in the not-too-distant future, you’ll get up in the morning and take medication your doctor prescribed, then get in your car and drive over a bridge on your way to the airport, where you’ll board a plane to fly to another city.
That all seems pretty routine — until you consider that your doctor, your pharmacist and the pharmacologist who formulated your pills, the engineers who designed that bridge and the workers who built it, the people who assembled the airliner and the pilot who flies it, every one of them was educated in woke, white-shaming, culturally responsive schools teaching the abomination of imprecision known as ethnomathematics.
That day is coming. For now, though, you can stop wondering why you often get incorrect change from the fast-food cashier and why your drive-thru order is always wrong.
We’re dumbing-down the education of our children. We make excuses when we should be making demands. We’re infantilizing all kids based on imaginary deficiencies attributed to the identity and culture of some. And we’re creating an enormous, institutional Racism Farm.
I can’t imagine subjecting my own kids to a system like that.
Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.