Skip to comments.Coming to a Curriculum Near You: Less Science, More Social Justice
Posted on 09/24/2019 9:00:24 AM PDT by DeweyCA
But next, we note that it's not just America's colleges and universities. As I said in the beginning, there is a pass down, a filter down process throughout the rest of the culture and of course that means high schools and even middle schools and elementary schools as well. As a matter of fact these days, many of the same ideas and intellectual agendas show up in pre-school. But now I want to turn to an article by John Murawski entitled, Woke History Is Making Big Inroads in America's High Schools.
He writes, "Like growing numbers of public high school students across the country, many California kids are receiving classroom instruction on how race, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship status are tools of oppression, power, and privilege. They are taught about colonialism, state violence, racism, intergenerational trauma, heteropatriarchy, and the common thread that links them. Students are then graded on how well they apply these concepts in writing assignments, performances and community organizing projects."
Now we have seen the proposed ethnic studies curriculum in California, but this article tells us that much of the same kind of curriculum is already being taught in many California high schools. Murawski writes, "At Santa Monica High School for example, students organize and carry out a systematized campaign for social justice that can take the form of a protest, a leaflet, a workshop, play or research project. They demonstrate, we are told, their mastery of the subject matter by teaching about social justice to middle school students."
Now talk about a filter down. Here you're not just looking at a generalized pattern, here you're looking at the university is producing the teachers, the teachers teaching the high school students, and the high school students being assigned a project to influence middle school students.
The author also takes us to the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, California, where students, "Are assigned to write a breakup letter with a form of oppression, that is the student writing about the students break up in a breakup letter, but not breaking up with a human in a relationship, but rather with a form of oppression. What might those be? "Such as toxic masculinity, heteronormativity, the Eurocentric curriculum or the Dakota Access Pipeline." Students are asked to, "Persuade their audience of the dehumanizing and damaging effects of their chosen topic." Now you'll notice here this isn't about teaching high school students how to think, it's about training them of a certain determined way of thinking and then force feeding this not only to the students but to all of those within the students influence.
And speaking of the agenda here, recall that conversation we had on The Briefing about the proposed California ethnic studies curriculum. As a follow-up to that in this article, Melina Abdullah, a professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, she's a board member of the National Association for Ethnic Studies, said clearly, "We don't want students to have the option not to take ethnic studies. It is as important as taking a lab science." Well, of course you have to ask the question as important to whom, but more importantly, doesn't this take us back to Dr. Goldfarb's article in The Wall Street Journal where you have the same concerns about medical education? Here you have the argument that taking ethnic studies on the part of 14 to 18-year-olds is as important as taking a lab science.
Well, let's not just ask the question important to whom? But let's ask the question important for what? One of the frustrating realities about education is that it has to be focused and it always is limited. When you're looking at a curriculum, a battlefield for sure in almost every educational environment, you're looking at the fact that to add this means you have to subtract that. And when you're looking at this kind of argument, what gets subtracted are the traditional disciplines that have at least in previous eras of human understanding led to human knowledge and success, even foundational to that success.
But here you have the replacement of many of those disciplines and curriculum subjects with the new agenda that is being driven and is being driven by a larger agenda for social change. Let's change the issue here from the training of medical doctors to let's just say for example the training of engineers, the kind of people who design, oh, I don't know, a major suspension bridge. The fact is it might actually be far more important to society that those who are going to be designing massive suspension bridges over which we will drive, that they have another lab science class or they have another class in the hard sciences or at least what are considered to be the hard sciences.
We have already seen over the last several decades that many lawyers are complaining that the education in law schools has been primarily towards again, an agenda for social change and apart from the traditional training of lawyers, but it's one thing for that to happen when it comes to the law, it's another thing for that to happen when it comes to engineering. If I'm going to cross that bridge, I want the engineer to have a classical engineering education and again, if I'm going to drive over that bridge, I'm going to hope that that engineer graduated near the top of the class.
But the article by John Murawski makes clear it's not just to California problem, He takes us to Wake County in North Carolina where he tells us, "10th graders were asked at the beginning of the school year to answer a diversity inventory worksheet, asking them to identify the gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, ability, religion and socioeconomic status for themselves as well as about their friends, neighbors, teachers, and others." That teachers initiative was at least temporarily blocked after parents complained, but the fact is that many parents never even know or know far long after the fact that their offspring have been trained and taught in just this way.
If the Atomic Number of carbon is 6, and the Atomic Number of Lead is 82, just how racist is America and just how much does Trump suck?
Sounds like a good thing. When you consider the Junk Science kids are taught regarding Climate Change and stuff like that.
Who needs facts when you have the truth. Right nuzzlin’ joe?
Yeah. But they’re talking LAB science—NOT hand-waving “climate science”!!!!
I had laboratory biology, chemistry, and physics classes in high school. That’s still a good background for one intending to study science or pre-medicine in college!!!!
If Bill, a white male, drives 30 miles in 20 minutes because his privilege lets him own a sports car, who in this scenario is responsible for global warming?
And now you know why 75% of all Public High School Graduates in the greater Los Angeles area, can’t read, write or count above the 3rd grade level
What factual science there is is being linked to the social justice warrior agenda through scientism (use of actual science terminology, words and phases constructed and structured to appear valid but are totally false)
Coming soon? Whatcha talkin’ bout Willis? It is done here, years ago!
I took an Environmental Science class in 2009, they were using a book written by the climate scientist who went to jail for falsifying the data. No one ever brings this up, by the way. I dropped out of the class when the college professor openly stated in class that Global Warming wasn’t a hoax and that he believed it was the winds that were the main culprit. I wanted to ask so many many questions. I dropped the class within an hour of the class being over.
I took the class again 3 years later, same book by the same author being used. This time it was online. I couldn’t stand to be in a classroom with another environmento whacko teacher but I needed this class to graduate with a degree. The class was setup to have discussion discussed on a board like this. Easter Island came up and I have forgotten why at this point. I remember being refuted on my stance by most of the members of the class because they all said it was part of gloabl warming. I think I said it was over utilization of resources. The teacher contacted me and said the class was highly politicized and that I was right about Easter Island but she couldn’t tell the class this and that I should just be quiet and I would pass the class. I wasn’t quiet and yes I did pass.
This proposed curriculum also makes excuses--the tired, typical ones--for why LaShanda and Tyrone can't learn: "...demands that teachings foster critical consciousness about historical and contemporary forms of bias and oppression. It wouldn't have anything to do with LaShanda texting all period long during biology class or Tyrone hanging with his homies on a street corner instead of attending class, would it?
Some people with actual common sense are against this travesty, saying it: "...promotes too much emphasis on racial identities and schisms rather than the boosting of basic academic skills in a city where more than half of students in grades 3-8 failed their state math and English exams." Ya think? The idiots who thought this up should be JAILED for criminal acts of denying these kids an education which would allow them to do college work and have marketable skills--not spout the latest slogan about how the white man kept them down.
The Department of Indoctrination (one could hardly call them the Department of Education!) will also appoint their own kapos to ensure the other teachers will go along in this criminality: "...will create a panel of 60 teaching fellows who will craft compliant practices for adoption across the citys system of 1.2 million kids."
And, to complete the encircling ring around the brains of their captive audience, "...The DOE will also require book vendors to diversify their offerings if they expect to do consistent business with the department." And the NYC public libraries will receive a revised list of recommended readings to further reinforce this garbage. No doubt Heather Has Two Mommies and I'm a Boy on Mondays and a Girl On Thursdays will be on the list.
If THIS is what a few people who are completely out of their minds but who also are in charge of what your kids learn are doing, it's definitely time to pull them out of these demonizing thought factories called public schools and find the money to send them to private schools or home school 'em.
they are taught communistic and other anti-American bullsheit, but the kids leave high school almost unable to read, write, do simple maths, and they certainly don’t know a damned thing about American history, political science, or values. Nor can they do simple research (use a library, find information on the internet anywhere other than social dating and porno sites)
also they don’t understand how their cars work, or how to do simple repairs.... and they can’t make anything either
Makes sense if you declare that ‘science is settled’. Science isn’t needed anymore, it’s settled. More time for Social Justice Studies.
Not surprised. They are still using books by Paul Ehrlich and the man has quite literally NEVER been right about anything he’s predicted.
Maybe butterflies since thats his specialty!
My son is a senior in h.s. and his 1st math quiz this year was written by the Souther Poverty Law Center.
The required reading was a diatribe about how minorities are forced to live in areas that have more pollution.
The quiz included questions that had your list the reaa9k you thought black and brown people would have worse health due to having to live in areas that have worse pollution.
“Tanisha has asthma. Why do you think she has this health condition?”
Howard Zinns A Peoples History of the United States, and The American Pageant by Thomas Bailey, David Kennedy, and Lizabeth Cohen.
been this way for a long time, at least thirty years.
This from one of them:
"Do you know what they are teaching us in school? That humans are killing the oceans and destroying the planet and we're all going to die from global warming."
When I asked:
"Do any of the students fall for that nonsense?"She replied, half laughing from amusement and shock:
That looks like my high school curriculum except that I also had an Electronics class.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.