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March 12, 2018

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Mike

It would be nice if just once lefties kept their race hangups to themselves.

David

In a saner world, these things would be recognised as what they are - racist, divisive, insulting and somewhat creepy. A kind of psychological abuse. At the very least, a massive overstepping of boundaries.

And the insult isn’t just aimed at children (and parents) who happen to be white. Continually telling minority children that they’re oppressed by dark, “invisible” forces, and forever being wronged - and thereby offering ready-made excuses for almost any kind of failure, inadequacy or discontent - doesn’t strike me as healthy either. It sounds like a recipe for paranoia, resentment and an avoidance of responsibility.

David

Related, this.

JJM

"I have unfairly benefitted from the colour of my skin. White privilege is not acceptable...

...though, heh, I'll continue to enjoy my superintendent's salary and benefits of course."

Alice

But maybe that’s just me.

No, it's not.

R. Sherman

The recent shift to discussions of "privilege" is interesting because it essentially acknowledges that there is very little to no evidence anywhere of overt discrimination, thanks to legal parameters which have been in place for almost half a century. Where affirmative action concentrated on ostensibly increasing opportunities for some, "privilege" is a means of punishing those of the disfavored group, by destroying opportunities.

David

Speak for yourself, buster.

H

The project was never communicated to parents.

I wonder why. /sarc

Clam

It's like a cult.

prm

@Clam

It's like a cult.

FTFY

Pst314

“The project was never communicated to parents.”

Teachers seem to think that they are not accountable to parents: rather, they see themselves as superior beings engaged in a noble project to subvert and destroy the culture around them.

PiperPaul

Cultural Marxism - putting the Cult into (western) culture since 1923.

Hector Drummond, Vile Novelist

Instead of saying 'I have unfairly benefitted from the type of skin I have', it should have read, 'I have unfairly benefitted from the type of degree I have'.

Ten

It's good to know that the right had organized to prevent state "education" decades ago and that this is all just a bad dream. It's mighty good to know that indeed.

Ten

Teachers are not accountable to parents: rather, they see themselves as superior beings engaged in a noble project to subvert and destroy the culture around them.

FTFY.

Ten

It would be nice if just once lefties kept their race hangups to themselves.

The "hangup" is that all that cultural Marxism hasn't destroyed civilization yet. They're keeping nothing to themselves and that's the point.

David

Incidentally, I’ve just added a third, quite telling video to the recent post on Jordan Peterson’s attempt to speak at Queen’s University.

David

It scarcely needs pointing out that there’s an irony here. The accusation of “privilege” is used by woke-lings in ways that those same woke-lings might otherwise denounce as a “microaggression,” an “invalidating behaviour” - or might if they were inclined to be even remotely consistent. After all, it’s an attempt to erase the role of accomplishment, effort and ability. A way to tell an unfashionable subset of people – generally white ones - that the fruits of their labours, and of their parents’ labours, are undeserved. And that by dint of simply existing, and regardless of any actual behaviour, they are suspect, sinful, an affront to “social justice.” And therefore must be humbled and atone.

Adam

The Superintendent must resign immediately and return her undeserved earnings. Not because of "white privilege" but because of her evident stupidity and self-importance.

David

Speaking of racial shaming campaigns, don’t forget this one:

An anthropology professor at a community college in California has instructed her students that stereotyping someone in class is a punishable offence — on the same day that she handed out a four-page “white privilege” checklist listing common generalisations about white people.

And on much the same tip, this and this.

But remember, kids. “Social justice” is only about politeness.

Trevor

At one time I'd have thought this couldn't happen over here in Britland, but now we know better.

Trevor

Oh dear, it seems I done a faux pas. Here's what I was trying to link to: https://www.rt.com/uk/421038-black-white-uni-racist/

R. Sherman

The project was never communicated to parents.

The lack of transparency in public education has been the norm for almost three decades and I've seen it in various guises in my profession. Hiding things is step one. If one or two sets of parents discover what's going on, they are ignored or marginalized and their children are discretely punished. If a large group or parents protest, there may be a walk-back or nominal admonitions to the instigators along with professions of ignorance and innocence by the higher-ups. Then the worthies wait for things to blow over, at which point, things begin anew. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Nicholas

So we must eagerly await the announcement that noted beneficiary of unearned privilege Teresa Downs has not only resigned from her unfairly achieved role as Superintendent of Schools, but that her place has been taken by an intersectionally oppressed person of colour (insert as many woke descriptors as required).

Anyone else expect we'll be waiting a long time?

Chester Draws

Teachers seem to think that they are not accountable to parents: rather, they see themselves as superior beings engaged in a noble project to subvert and destroy the culture around them.

Citation required!

You have checked to see if teachers were consulted about the posters by Ms Downs before libeling an entire profession, no?

Most teachers are not engaged in any such struggle. Even in the most of PC of places most teachers pretty much stick to teaching their subject as best they can. I've not actually met a single teacher of the sort you describe in my dozen years in schools. Nor have my children been taught by any.

I am in constant contact with parents -- initiated almost always be me. My schools have been equally as open to parental involvement as they could be. If anything modern schools are far more open to parents (in my school days, parents were much more often told to butt out, as the school knew best).

Loony PC teachers exist, and they make a lot of noise ("empty vessels" and all that) but it does no-one any good to exaggerate their numbers. You take potential allies -- us teachers that despise the PC nonsense of the identitarians -- and turn us into potential opponents by stupidly grouping us with our enemies.

I may well be wrong, and live in an area where the vast majority of teachers are not politically active, but I doubt it. I'd like to see your evidence that the majority of teachers despise parents and seek to subvert society please!

Ten

I'd like to see your evidence that the majority of teachers despise parents and seek to subvert society please!

Reality says that:

1. Central collective education should be disallowed on face.

2. When central collective education becomes involved, creep happens.

3. Cultural Marxism is a definite thing with definite goals.

4. The two have no preventative standing between them.

5. Indeed, because of this want, sh*t happens. To wit.

6. To create such an inherent, liberal barrier, education must be wholly privatized.

Are you not therefore arguing some form of conditional exception fallacy? That luck and/or the public sense of any one academic outcome at any given time are a sufficient formulation? Because the above tends to defeat that assertion.

Jonathan

Oh dear, it seems I done a faux pas.

From the article:

We discuss why white people accrue advantages and benefits simply due to the color of their skin, and how whiteness as a discriminatory force is as prevalent today as it was 400 years ago.

Let's see if I understand:

The English, who are white originate in NW Europe, create a new country, England - literally 'The Land of the Angles' - about a thousand years ago and after much bloodshed, strife and pain manage to get it in a state which suits them very well.

Fast Forward to the 20th century and African and Asian people, entirely voluntarily, move to England and within a short time start complaining that the English seem to do better in England than said Africans and Asians.

As Thomas Sowell said: " When people talk about 'white privilege', they're really talking about white achievement."

David

I miss King of the Hill.

Sorry, carry on.

R. Sherman

Citation required!

I think it becomes fairly obvious once one begins burrowing into the modern Educational Industrial Complex. It may well be true that in some places, the rank and file of the public school teachers are ambivalent about the all the SJW trends seeping into their schools and may very well have good relationships with parents. Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that all of this comes from above and teachers have little choice in implementing the curriculum mandated by a school district. If a teacher objects, s/he runs the risk of losing his/her job or being treated badly until s/he decides to leave.

Hippogryph

After all, it’s an attempt to erase the role of accomplishment, effort and ability. A way to tell an unfashionable subset of people – generally white ones - that the fruits of their labours, and of their parents’ labours, are undeserved. And that by dint of simply existing, and regardless of any actual behaviour, they are suspect, sinful, an affront to “social justice.” And therefore must be humbled and atone.

From David. All true, and it's worth remembering that in declaring property and and other fruits of labor undeserved, the Left are also trying to invalidate title to anything and everything they would be pleased to get their hands one. Self-abasement of their victims would be wonderful, but the Left also wants license to seize or control other people's labor and resources. (Only starting with cushy and overpaid sinecures for their own.)

After all, who can complain of expropriating, to greater or lesser degrees, those who don't really deserve anything they've owned or achieved?

And the best Kafka-trapping part of it is that, if any of the victims protests, it's just further proof of their participation in the "privilege" conspiracy.

David

After all, who can complain of expropriating, to greater or lesser degrees, those who don’t really deserve anything they’ve owned or achieved?

In 2012, while professing his “belief in social justice” (and thrilling to the prospect of “shutting down private schools,”) the Guardian’s George Monbiot disdained people he doesn’t know, or know anything about, but nonetheless regards as having “undeserved advantages,” by which he means their earnings. At first I assumed it must be some comically inapt phrasing, but then I realised that, for Monbiot, even a person’s earnings can be dismissed out of hand as entirely unrelated to effort, skill, foresight, sacrifices, etc.

But only if they earn more than he does, oddly.

Ten

I think it becomes fairly obvious once one begins burrowing into the modern Educational Industrial Complex. ...this comes from above and teachers have little choice in implementing the curriculum mandated by a school district. If a teacher objects, s/he runs the risk of losing his/her job or being treated badly until s/he decides to leave.

Why, you speak almost as if of an intellectual and psychological agenda.

But there's more. I'll ask the complex's educators what legal proscriptions their institutions of learning have against interfering with parental custody, for example, at any level whether physical or otherwise?

Burnsie

...though, heh, I'll continue to enjoy my superintendent's salary and benefits of course."

"Nonetheless, I demand you hire a person of color for this position after I retire."

Chester Draws

So no actual evidence Ten, just a stream of "obviously"s that Laurie Penny might spout in reverse?

Most countries have a more centralised school system than the US. They also do a better job. It's not centralisation that's the problem -- the US university system.is wildly decentralised and more afflicted than anywhere else with SHE's.

Try again. With facts this time.

Here's a fact. Perhaps as many as one in four members of teacher unions voted for Trump. And that's union members, so you'd imagine it'd be higher in non-union members.

There's no doubt teachers lean left. But this farcical assertion that they're collectively on the verge of Communist is just loopy.

Chester Draws

Sorry, more afflicted with SJWs.

David

more afflicted than anywhere else with SHE’s.
Sorry, more afflicted with SJWs.

Heh. As I’m sure I’ve noted before, the psychology of “social justice” devotees seems to overlap with that of the archetypal ‘mean girls’ from school. The ones who would target a classmate for having an unfashionable bag or the wrong kind of shoes. The fact that so many of these warriors are female is not, I think, coincidental.

R. Sherman

@Chester

What would suffice as evidence for you? On these pages, we've had posts about the nightmare of "restorative justice." We've had posts about the slow death of the Edina, MN school district. IIRC, we've had posts about teacher's unions advocating against homeshooling and private education. We've had posts about colleges of education requiring fidelity of SJW principles to graduate with a teaching degree. We've had posts about middle school teacher Yvette Felarca, leader of the radical BAMN! group carting her kids to various leftist demonstrations.

As I said above, the fact that some teachers are not enthusiastic or that some public school districts have not (yet) succumbed to these external pressure, does not mean the pressure doesn't exist. Even your fact of 25 percent of teacher union members voting for Trump, still means that 75 percent voted for someone else, a statistic which doesn't seem to support your umbrage at first blush.

Ten

Try again. With facts this time.

When, while ignoring the repeating question about inherent structural limits, one oscillates between demanding facts and peddling opinions, it tends to identify the snark too. Like it's coming from a proponent of the obvious problem who knows it is.

The state institution is an inherent conflict of private interest waiting to happen. That's a third try, with facts, to appeal to obvious reason. Schools are like all into reason, right?

Ten

Most countries have a more centralised school system than the US. They also do a better job. It's not centralisation that's the problem -- the US university system.is wildly decentralised and more afflicted than anywhere else with S[JW]'s.

You keep appealing to the same assertions and fallacies. Most countries have a more centralised gun laws than the US too. They also do a "better job" violating what in the US are rights, not shooting one another, being dogmatic about shooting one another, and making a nice shellfish paella. It's not anti-rights laws that're the problem -- the US legal system is wildly decentralised and more afflicted than anywhere else with anti-rights government tyrants.

And?

Daniel Ream

It always amuses me when people lecture the English, of all people, about colonization. The island's been invaded so many times by so many different ethnic groups that all of the 18th century could be seen as nothing more than payback.

I may well be wrong, and live in an area where the vast majority of teachers are not politically active, but I doubt it.

I've known at least a dozen teachers well enough to know their personal habits and political leanings, and every last one of them had no problem at all teaching the transparent agitprop in the curriculum. Because they believed it. They don't have to be "politically active" to believe in their own innate moral and mental superiority and teach accordingly.

And it may well be regional; it is well known that the teachers' unions in Ontario are arm-in-arm with the Liberal party. The unions teach Liberal party talking points, that gets the Liberal elected, the Liberals give the unions favorable contracts. Teachers who don't play along are subtly nudged into less desirable positions or out of the profession altogether.

Fidelity to the unions' political goals trumps everything else, including competence. One of them once asked me if I could configure their family's wifi router not to broadcast when they weren't using it, because of the "radiation". She was a science teacher. I've had primary school math teachers ask me how to calculate 60% off of a retail price because they couldn't find the calculator app on their iPhone and couldn't do it in their head.

R. Sherman

I've known at least a dozen teachers well enough to know their personal habits and political leanings, and every last one of them had no problem at all teaching the transparent agitprop in the curriculum.

Likewise, though I've known a fair number who weren't necessarily on-board, were nonetheless compliant for fear of hurting their careers. Even with teacher protection/tenure laws on the books, teachers can nonetheless be punished in various subtle ways, such that rocking the boat is not professionally expedient. Teachers themselves may care about their students, the students' parents and the quality of the service they provide, but administrations tend to have different agendas.

Sean

I disappeared down the rabbit hole of David's archive links about 6:15. It's now 8:30.

rita g.

It would be nice if the Supt. of Schools knew how to spell "benefited". But I suppose privileged folks can be excused from knowing anything.

David

It’s now 8:30.

If that’s not a fun evening, I don’t know what is.

Joe Ego

@ Hector

"Instead of saying 'I have unfairly benefitted from the type of skin I have', it should have read, 'I have unfairly benefitted from the type of degree I have'."

This is amusing because most people with the relevant degrees, certifications, etc could be seen by the general public to be benefiting unfairly from the latest version of public administration. It has been taken over by a network of progressive thinkers promoting fellow travelers over those with relevant skills or traditional morals.

What better way to definitively signal membership than spending tens of thousands of dollars and several years at the best indoctrination centers? Now they're not ready for the job as originally defined, but are certainly prepared for the "noble project to subvert and destroy the culture around them."

Mark Thackeray

http://www.unz.com/isteve/nyt-nice-white-lady-teachers-are-practically-george-zimmerman-level-racists/

In the past, affirmative action for black schoolteachers, especially black male teachers, was usually justified with a Role Model rationale: It’s good for poor black children, especially black boys, to see that some blacks grow up to have respectable jobs where they show up to work on time. (Another reason offered more quietly was the hope that tough black guys could discipline black boys better.)

But lately, the conventional wisdom has been shifting away from that somewhat condescending Role Model rationale toward the remarkably hostile argument that blacks must be given even more special breaks when applying to be teachers because lots and lots of those Obama-voting, MLK-worshipping Nice White Lady schoolteachers are actually secret implicit racists, practically homicidal George Zimmermans.

… The fact that my skin color matches that of my students doesn’t give me any superpowers as an educator. But it does give me the ability to see them in a way that’s untarnished by the stereotypes, biases and cultural disconnects that fuel inequality and injustice — like the outlook that made Trayvon Martin, carrying Skittles, appear dangerously suspicious to the man who took his life.

So all you nice white lady teachers out there, you’re this close to going all George Zimmerman on saintly young Trayvons.

Something must be done about you.

Seriously, the anti-white rhetorical hostility level keeps going up and up, which is of course inevitable if in respectable society whites aren’t allowed to point out when blacks cross the line.

Daniel Ream

Even your fact of 25 percent of teacher union members voting for Trump, still means that 75 percent voted for someone else, a statistic which doesn't seem to support your umbrage at first blush.

Okay, let's be fair: voter turnout is usually around 50%, so 25% voting for Trump, 25% voting for Her, and 50% not voting for anybody is within reason and still supports Chester's notion of teachers not being uniformly leftist. But given the constant leftward ratchet of public institutions and the everyday experience of most parents, I feel safe in saying that it's the teachers' burden to demonstrate they don't differ significantly from the norm as a group.

R. Sherman

@Daniel Ream

I apologize for being unclear. My point was that pointing to 25% of X is conservative, whatever "X" is, as evidence of some sort of conservative wave doesn't seem particularly persuasive. Further, even among the portion which is not "uniformly leftist" to use your term, many are probably just keeping their heads down and not make trouble for themselves. I suspect that's true even among the right wing teachers, because again, this stuff comes from above.

lotocoti

Alright. I admit it. I have benefited from unearned privilege.
The year I joined a rather unique school, the privilege of walking was amended to walking on grass.

Fay

According to the Public Sector Executive Compensation Report for fiscal 2016/17, Ms Down's total compensation for that period was $163,340.

Also:

The Gold Trail School District has received approval from the Human Rights Tribunal allowing preferential hiring to persons of Indigenous ancestry. The District may give preference in hiring to persons of Indigenous ancestry who possess the necessary qualifications over other applicants until such time as the percentage of staff of Indigenous ancestry in the School District is equal to the percentage of students of Indigenous ancestry in the School District.

I think she should pack up her "White Privilege" and surrender her $163,340 compensation. There must be a person of indigenous ancestry ready and able to fill her shoes.

Squires

Related, as another inevitable result of Cultural Marxism's Identity Wing, and certainly fitting to this post's title:

https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/03/britains-worst-ever-child-grooming-scandal-up-to-1000-girls-raped-sold-for-sex/

In both cases, what can I say, but "predators are going to prey"?

R. Sherman

Related: Waffle House Waitress Confronts White Privilege.

Hopp Singg

95% of the public opposed this crap, enough to make a public spectacle of it.

0% of the teachers opposed it. 0% even said anything.

In concurrence or intimidated? Both?

Fred Z

Wheel! I see no mention of the wheel in the article, the post or the comments

The dummies did not invent it,and still could not.

Making their women drag shit around on sticks was far as they got.

Oh well, they're stupid, we whites are crazy, I hope God loves us all.

Pogonip

I’m often impressed with the graciousness of people who have to deal with the public. Me, I’d probably end up pushing customers down elevator shafts within days. I’m going to try to be more like service personnel. (Note, I said “Try,” so it’s in your best interest not to annoy me near an open elevator shaft.)

David

Ms Down’s total compensation for that period was $163,340.

Money well spent, clearly. Because who wouldn’t want their child to be subjected to a campaign of neurotic racial shaming? For instance, this boy here, featured on the school district’s website:

I’m sure his life will be greatly improved by internalising a belief that his accomplishments are merely the result of preferential treatment, and that he is somehow disadvantaging and oppressing people, daily, simply by virtue of being pale-skinned and therefore suspect. And the fact that he was raised in a culture that had moved beyond tattooing and ‘spirit’ dancing as forms of medical care is obviously his fault.

David

Incidentally, it seems that Mrs Field Allen, who objected to the “white privilege” campaign, is now being accused of raising “white racist children.”

Here’s Mrs Field Allen’s family.

David

many are probably just keeping their heads down and not making trouble for themselves.

When the district approached its school principals about the campaign, every school chose to put up the posters.

I suppose you have to marvel at the fact that not one of the school principals saw anything questionable, inappropriate or insulting about the campaign, or at least didn’t feel able to object to it in a professional capacity.

Jonathan

.. moved beyond tattooing and ‘spirit’ dancing as forms of medical care ..

You forgot the miracle cure that is the Sweat Lodge. Racist.

twinkletoes42069

...despite Ms Downs’ theatrical confession... she hasn’t seen fit to resign from her presumably unearned position as Superintendent of Schools.

I've noticed this in Australia: the people who make a point of "acknowledging the traditional owners of the land" never go so far as to actually give the land back. Canadian land has "traditional owners" too, so I expect it happens there as well. Ms Downs probably participates.

Jonathan

I hear a new questionnaire is being circulated to all white parents:

Are you:

a) Racist

b) Very Racist

c) Extremely Racist

d) Literally Hitler

How often do you remind your child of their white privilege:

a) Every hour

b) Every 30 mins

c) Every 15 mins

d) I wake them up during the night and remind them that they're inherently evil for being white

bobby b

We should note that it's rare to see a science teacher or a math teacher or a physics teacher pushing SJW themes on their students.

But most of the people who go into the teaching of the soft subjects - social studies, history, english, etc. - are people who have self-selected their way into the most influential role on the next generation they could find. If we compose a ratio of [difficulty of entry into a field] to [amount of social influence in the position], teaching ranks very high.

I had three kids all go through the suburban SJW-oriented school experience, and am proud that I turned out to be that prototypical pain-in-the-ass parent in the minds of so many SJW teachers. ("No, you cannot teach that whites are the devil, and if you persist we'll discuss it at the next school board meeting!") I saw that a significant proportion of the teachers - not half, maybe a third - weren't like that. They really only wanted to properly teach their subjects. The fanaticism of their SJW co-workers kept them from objecting to the excesses.

But the school administrators - every one, from the superintendent down to the secretaries - were shrill, judgmental SJWs.

David

Are you:

a) Racist
b) Very Racist
c) Extremely Racist
d) Literally Hitler

As Heather Mac Donald says during this podcast:

You have minority students at Brown, for example, meeting with the provost and demanding that they be exonerated from any kind of academic expectations, such as showing up for class, because they [supposedly] have to protect their ability to exist on the Brown campus. This rhetoric has become standard. To be a minority on campus, in this view, is to be at actual risk of your life…

The worst aspect [of academic culture] is the cultivation of racial victimology and the belief in permanent, endemic racism. Even if we were to enforce civil debate, that racial victimology would persist, and it is poisoning our society… Not only will the victimology ideology prevent its adherents from seizing academic opportunities; it will likely follow them for the rest of their lives, distorting their view of reality and further diminishing their opportunities.

That, as they say.

Jonathan

That, as they say.

The Left:

" Ha, ha, look at all those stupid Drumpf-voting rednecks blaming black and brown people for their problems."

Also the Left:

" Black and brown people can't get ahead because of those white people holding them back."

PiperPaul


Wouldn't want to be one of the uncool kids

David

At one time I’d have thought this couldn’t happen over here in Britland, but now we know better.

It’s also worth pondering the fact that the less an organisation can be counted on to perform its core functions, the more likely it is to overreach into other areas. And so city councils that fail to maintain roads and basic infrastructure will tend to grow vast, seemingly infinite “diversity” departments; and police forces that seem impotent and negligent in the face of thuggery and rape gangs will nonetheless find time and resources to chastise people for being rude on Twitter, or to classify whistling as a “hate crime,” or to have their male officers parade around in nail polish.

I think it’s safe to say that the world of education has not been untouched by this phenomenon.

PiperPaul

"the less an organisation can be counted on to perform its core functions, the more likely it is to overreach into other areas"

Also...


RIP Jerry

Jeff

Coincidence?

I think not.

David

Coincidence?

There we go.

dw

I think it’s safe to say that the world of education has not been untouched by this phenomenon.

#BritishUnderstatement

David

#BritishUnderstatement

Well, setting aside the clown-shoe comedy on campuses, I know of a couple of primary schools where, according to parents, basic spelling skills are imparted only intermittently, but the contents of the children’s lunchboxes are policed with great enthusiasm, with stern letters issued if unauthorised sandwich fillings are found.

Jonathan

...unauthorised sandwich fillings...

champ

I'm getting tired of this sh*t...

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10632

“She argues that whiteness poses an existential threat to social, political, and economic life in the U.S. and proposes that decentering whiteness is one of the most urgent social dilemmas of our time and demands our immediate attention,”

pst314

I'm getting tired of this sh*t...

And yet we are challenged by a commenter who insists that few teachers are radical leftists bent on indoctrination. The evidence, however, indicates that this sort of pernicious garbage is widespread and almost entirely unchallenged by that "silent majority" of sane, moderate educators. To borrow a yellowed-with age page from the liberal playbook, those moderates should prove it by actually opposing the left. But they won't because they don't.

Daniel Ream

Canadian land has "traditional owners" too, so I expect it happens there as well.

The end result of the Caledonia uprising was the government buying the disputed land from the developer, moving the residents off of it, and giving it to the violent insurgents who had been occupying it for years.

So we're ahead of Australia in that respect.

We should note that it's rare to see a science teacher or a math teacher or a physics teacher pushing SJW themes on their students.

Bollocks. The science teacher I mentioned earlier also once gave her class an exercise in biology where they roleplayed different groups of people deciding what to do with a wetland. Different coloured randomly drawn cards represented different groups - biologists, local residents, environmental activists, etc. The two red cards represented evil corporations who wanted to destroy the wetland. No reason was given to the children for why the corporations might want to do this. For the lulz, apparently.

I've seen a published middle school science workbook that includes an exercise where the students are directed to build a tabletop greenhouse, and then initiate a vinegar and baking soda reaction inside the greenhouse to produce CO2, and then measure the temperature inside the greenhouse to prove that CO2 causes warming in the atmosphere. Completely aside from the model being wrong, vinegar and baking soda is an endothermic reaction: the temperature inside the greenhouse will go down.

So not only do science teachers absolutely push this crap, they can't even do it competently.

Jonathan

Champ:

She argues that whiteness poses an existential threat to social, political, and economic life in the U.S.

Didn't people possessing 'whiteness' sort of, you know, create and build the U.S? If so, how can 'whiteness' and the people who carry it, be the cause of its downfall?

D

"Privilege" does not exist ex nihilo. It had to start somewhere with some people. I have no problem with others admitting to the world that my ancestors were more apt, more intelligent, more able, more sophisticated, and much more likely to come out on the winning side of any conflict with their ancestors. If they want to take it back 50 years, 500 years or 5,000 years I am up for that. The better team apparently won the privilege game and took home the trophy. The 2nd place team took home -- well -- 2nd place.

If they say the game was rigged, then my ancestors were smarter than theirs and figured out how to rig the game and theirs didn’t. If they say my ancestors were more savage than theirs then that means theirs were weaker than mine. If they say there were more of mine, then that means that mine were simply better at understanding how to use the environment and technology to sustain a greater population. If they say that my ancestors were better geographically situated that means that they were better realtors, able to find and hold superior territory. If they say my ancestors had bigger, badder, and more destructive weapons that means than their ancestors were probably stuck in a stone-age existence for 10,000 years past their time.

No matter how you slice it… they are making the claim for me that their ancestors could not quite hack it when it came to competition for the “privilege” of being on top. They were weaker, ineffective, and overall a fine example of Darwinism in action. Seems to me as if they are pointing the "finger of blame" at the wrong set of ancestors. I'd suggest they have a heartfelt talk with their grandma and grandpa and ask them why ~their~ grandmas and grandpas were so pitiful in the game of life.

Now understand that ~this~ is how ~they~ see the world. This is what ~they~ are admitting happened. Unless, of course, they want to somehow claim that "privilege" just happened along one day from out of nowhere and someone picked it up off the ground and has been using it ever since. Should be an interesting and amusing read.

Because they believe that since what they call "privilege" was obtained either unfairly or by simple luck they have a "moral right" to take it.

If they want to admit to having inferior ancestors who were not good enough to not be taken advantage of, or just plain unlucky that is fine with me. And it doesn't say much for their current ability to "take" anything away from me. Bring it on and we'll see how the rematch goes.

Spiny Norman

Didn't people possessing 'whiteness' sort of, you know, create and build the U.S?

Black slaves did all that, silly. If you don't believe me, just ask any BLM supporter.

Squires

Unless, of course, they want to somehow claim that "privilege" just happened along one day from out of nowhere and someone picked it up off the ground and has been using it ever since.

See: The Marxist practice of seizing control of economically productive assets from those who created them, or of telling such-and-such a person that they now suddenly are to serve as a farmer, or machinist, or doctor, regardless of experience or aptitude, or inclination, for such a profession.

See also: Islamic doctrines such as that of creating a caste of economic slaves from conquered non-Muslims, or that of glorifying the act of taking by force wealth and female slaves from not-yet subjugated peoples.

Anyone who's read Atlas Shrugged will be familiar with Ayn Rand's image of the "looter". The looter is one who believes that possessing a thing is equal to possessing the virtues that allowed its creation; that a symbol of some quality is that quality itself, in some way, and so by thieving the symbol you can posses that quality.

This ends, of course, in empty, hopeless misery, when the looter exhausts their supply of the lootable, and is left dealing with consequences of a hollow existence - one lived entirely reliant upon the crutch of symbols, face, and counterfeit dignity.

They deserve it. The real tragedy is all the other people they take to hell with them.

Governor Squid

The looter is one who believes that possessing a thing is equal to possessing the virtues that allowed its creation; that a symbol of some quality is that quality itself, in some way, and so by thieving the symbol you can posses that quality.

I believe that was also the motivation behind Reynolds' Law: "Subsidizing the markers of status doesn’t produce the character traits that result in that status; it undermines them."

Pablito

one who believes that possessing a thing is equal to possessing the virtues that allowed its creation

The cult of Apple explained in a sentence

PiperPaul

"The cult of Apple explained in a sentence"

I may not purchase my fourth MacBook Pro if Apple continues on its current path, but MacOS is pretty good...

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