Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Katherine Kersten: At U, future teachers may be reeducated

Posted at the Star Tribune.

Do you believe in the American dream -- the idea that in this country, hardworking people of every race, color and creed can get ahead on their own merits? If so, that belief may soon bar you from getting a license to teach in Minnesota public schools -- at least if you plan to get your teaching degree at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus.

In a report compiled last summer, the Race, Culture, Class and Gender Task Group at the U's College of Education and Human Development recommended that aspiring teachers there must repudiate the notion of "the American Dream" in order to obtain the recommendation for licensure required by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Instead, teacher candidates must embrace -- and be prepared to teach our state's kids -- the task force's own vision of America as an oppressive hellhole: racist, sexist and homophobic.

Here is the report: Race, Culture, Class, and Gender Task Group

Why does skin color always have to be made an issue? Why to the exclusion of other natural traits such as height, eye color, hair color, type of hair, head shape, etc.? The people who write these kind of reports must think that people with skin color other than that which is classified as "white" are intellectually inferior and need their help. They also seem to think that white people need to be punished for... well, I guess for being white.

Is this the kind of future that we have to look forward to from teachers in the government school system? Doesn't the fact that this country legitamately elected an interracial American to the office of President of the United States dispell this report as hogwash?

Do black kids really believe that "All black men go to prison"? Are Buddhist Korean parents really horrified to see their child's name in red ink? Or, are these clowns simply painting with a broad brush in much the same way as racists who believe that whites are indeed superior to other races? Can anyone enlighten me on this?

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