Anachronistic

The required course on “Ethnic Studies” in California high schools will:

  • critique empire and its relationship to white supremacy, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism, and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society;
  • challenge imperialist/colonial hegemonic beliefs and practices on the ideological, institutional, interpersonal, and internalized levels;
  • connect ourselves to past and contemporary resistance movements that struggle for social justice on the global and local levels.

This is copied almost verbatim from old Soviet school manuals, of course. I wish these people at least tried to come up with something new. People think this stuff is some new development but it’s all been done to death a long time ago. In the Soviet Union, we all tired of this inane crap back in 1961.

God, folks, think of something fresher already. All these moth-eaten slogans should stay at the dungheap of history.

7 thoughts on “Anachronistic”

  1. The problem with this curriculum is that it is extremely ideologically driven, with the correct answers to these issues already determined beforehand. And it leaves no room for a critique of identity politics from a leftist perspective, which might argue that it does not offer a sufficient critique of a class-based society, despite some references to the negative effects of capitalism, and that it is too divisive and thus does not lend itself to the building of broad coalitions to fight economic and social injustice.

    I’m all in favor of Ethnic Studies, but not when it’s done in this way. I’d rather see the students be able to discuss ethnic issues, with the teacher present to facilitate the discussion instead of indoctrinating the students.

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      1. I was about to object, knowing young liberal Jews and knowing they hate BDS and support Israel (while hating Bibi)…but then I remembered this is all happening in California. Young Jews there probably are cheering this on.

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