What I really like about this project is that it cleverly uses taxpayer money to indoctrinate the people who teach our children on what a lousy country this is:
Omaha Public Schools employees likely will get a controversial book about cultural proficiency during the second semester of this school year….
The school board spent more than $130,000 in federal stimulus money to purchase 8,000 copies of the book, "The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change."…
The book's authors contend that only those educators who acknowledge the existence of white privilege in America, that "white" is a culture in America and that race "is a definer for social and economic status" can reach proficiency. Those who score poorly on the worksheet are asked in the book what they will do "to align yourself with the values expressed."
I particularly like “align yourself with the values expressed.” Could Stalin have phrased it more felicitously?
What if an excellent teacher had the guts to say, “I’d rather be unaligned”? Or, “The profound school change I endorse is proficiency in math and English”?
This seems to be so par for the course that most of us are beyond being shocked or surprised by this kind of thing. But it is serious. To counteract efforts such as this one, I want to recommend a book: Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kook-Aid, by Marybeth Hicks.
Hicks explores the many ways in which our schools indoctrinate instead of teaching (there is even a social justice approach to mathematics). As tempting as it is to dismiss things like the “moving beyond ethical barriers” effort as silly (it is), this is what happens in a lot of schools and the result is ignorance.