Education Fails

The same teacher who informed my kid’s class that “a white person killed MLK” now found it necessary to give a presentation on the global warming. As a result, I had to spend two days turning it from a high-anxiety topic to something non-disturbing for my kid.

These are very small children. They feel helpless around big issues that they can’t comprehend. All it does is make them scared and upset.

This teacher is new at the Christian school, so she hasn’t yet abandoned the public school mentality. I’m getting increasingly annoyed with these forays into adult topics when almost nobody in the class even reads fluently yet.

This whole idea – which is very present in higher ed, too – that you should propagandize and convert instead of teaching your own discipline in which you are educated and credentialed is wrong. If your profession is early childhood education, what the flying ef are you doing, plunging into environmental sciences or race relations history in which you are not qualified?

A few days ago, a colleague who is a professor of chemistry was chewed out publicly for saying, “I teach chemistry. I don’t lecture about race in my classroom.” Fifteen minutes later, he was chewed out again for having high fail rates in chemistry. But still, he’s supposed to give valuable class time to spout inanities about race relations.


10 thoughts on “Education Fails

  1. This is what her education program told her she should be doing – raising the consciousness of children about the worlds problems. It is not an accident or a mistake. She’s just been able to infiltrate what should be a place safe from her activism.


    1. These people even have physiological effects from their activism. Their pulse quickens, they begin to feel more alive – they are trained like Pavlov’s doggies to experience a physical rush from their self-righteousness.


      1. She wouldn’t have lasted more than one school year in either of the little church-schools I went to as a kid. My third-grade teacher comes to mind: that was before they were all trained to be activists. She just didn’t like kids. Parents complained. Next year there was a new third-grade teacher.

        But this is a completely different part of the country, and decades ago, so… things might be different. Depends on the school.


    1. In kindergarten, my kid brought home excited retellings of the Bible stories she learned. Which, since this is a Christian school, is exactly what I wanted. Now she brings home “bad white people” and climate anxiety. And I’m paying for all that, by the way.


  2. For over twenty years now, nay, close on thirty more like, departments of education in the US and Canada have been turned into activist-making reservoirs.
    It was done wittingly and conscientiously, with the precise aim of subverting Western, capitalist societies from within the very heart of what radical anti-capitalist activists (they call themselves revolutionaries) consider the ideological heart of those societies: schools.
    This has been done and is being done deliberately and relentlessly in the tradition of “the long march through institutions” first theorised by Gramsci, popularised by Marcuse and put into practice by Trotzky, Stalin, Mao and countless other tyrants. If you want to know more, go to James Lindsay’s New Discourses”.
    I could say I’m surprised that a church school would hire such a teacher, but I am not really. The Lutheran Church is a goner, and so is the Catholic Church, but they are coming for the Orthodox too.


    1. “If you want to know more …”

      Living through that once was bad enough: by the time the Frankfurt School had acquired pseudo-Lacanian vespers, it had already gained enough of a following that people knew the prayer book without having read it.

      Buddhists have long known this and have heard it all before in the form of “pure land” sects of Buddhism.

      What they hold in common is that they believe that utopia is but a few steps away.

      You may find Paul Ricoeur’s writings useful.

      This comes from Stanford’s Plato about Paul Ricoeur: “That politics also is about power, the power to make decisions and command others adds to the fragility of such discourse in that politics is always based on a revocable willingness to live together. This leads to a dialectic of ideology and utopia in Ricoeur’s political philosophy. Ideologies both claim to legitimate the positions of those in power or those seeking power and cover the gap between what they assert and the way things actually are. Utopian thinking, in return, imagines a world without or beyond ideology. It sometimes enables people to overthrow particularly ruinous forms of ideology, only to fall back into a dependence on ideology since utopia exists ‘nowhere’.”


    2. I think they were already leaning activist in the 70s when my mom was in teacher college. I think it’s one of the reasons that she went into special ed: if you sign up to deal with the problem kids, not only do you get paid more, but the activist types tend to leave you alone. Admin, too.


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