So-called “woke” teachers — aka socialists — in their ethnic studies classes use a strong foundation of complete ignorance to teach kids to hate America.
(This post develops one of the topics I discussed in my No. 31 Bookworm Podcast.)
Writing at Minding the Campus, George Leef has an article “A racially ‘woke’ agenda is now hardwired in public schools.”
[T]he political left has become ever more reliant on the education system (K-12 through college and beyond) to inculcate statist ideas in people. If voters were inclined and able to think through the harmful consequences of “progressive” policies such as minimum wage laws, welfare payments, the Green New Deal, government-run health care, wealth taxes, and so on, they would toss the leftists out of office. It’s far better for those politicians if as many voters as possible are conditioned to support candidates who mouth clichés about the evils of capitalism, the need for compassionate government, the imperative of transforming America, so it will be a just society, and many others.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that public schools are ratcheting up their efforts at turning students into adults who will automatically vote to keep their political allies in power. And that calls for constant adjustments to the curriculum.
Among other things, Leef discusses the crazy social justice math lessons in Seattle, something I looked at more than a month ago. The Seattle schools correctly recognized that they had a major problem when it came to teaching children, especially minority males, math. Rather than digging into the basics and helping children understand math’s relevance to daily life, they opted to teach the children that blacks invented math, but that it’s been perverted by white males to abuse minorities. Or as I said in my post (which reprints all of the pages from the social justice math proposal):
“Dear black children, everything that’s important about math predates the Greeks. The Greeks stole from Black Africans and Egyptians. Moreover, when this stolen math came Westerners compounded this theft by stealing Arabic numbers and the concept of zero from the Arabs (who first stole them from the Indian subcontinent). Since its origins in Africa and India, math has been used to destroy you, to oppress you, to demean you, to deny you opportunities to succeed, and to humiliate you. It is a vile instrument of white hegemony over the black man. Oh, and you’d better learn it because it’s a good thing to know.”
That ought to work. [Read more…]