My head hasn’t exploded over this one yet, but I am in extreme pain.
A teacher at North County High School in Maryland assigned her students to write essays that would embody a contemporary satirical solution to a societal problem, emulating satirist Jonathan Swift’s famous 18th century essay, “A Modest Proposal,” in which the author proposed, tongue firmly in cheek, that poor Irish folk sell their children as food, thus solving both a population glut and a food shortage.
One student fully embraced the spirit of Swift by suggesting that America should consider deporting African-Americans to the Sahara Desert to address U.S. racism.
A perfect execution of the assignment, wouldn’t you say? The “proposal” is outrageous and offensive; it would indeed address the problem, and, as with some in Swift’s time, literal-minded reflex hysterics won’t understand that the suggestion is satire! Give that student an A!
Or, in the alternative, make him a pariah who wishes he was dead, and may be at risk to be so soon. For other students were offended and complained, and instead of using the incident as a lesson in political satire, the school system turned on the student who had done exactly what was assigned, and sided with the Political Correctness Mob, with Bob Mosier, speaking for Anne Arundel County Schools saying,
“The student chose a subject matter that was clearly insensitive and struck a nerve with students here and staff members here. And so, they have been meetings today where the staff has tried to allow students to express their opinions and say why they’re hurt, why they’re angered.”
Oh, he chose a subject matter that was insensitive, unlike, say, selling and eating children, it that the school’s official position?
I can save the school the trouble of all the meetings, because I know exactly why the students are “angered.”
They are angered because..
…they have been acculturated to mistake feeling for thinking,
…because poorly trained and badly educated teachers don’t comprehend the implications of their own lessons and assignments,
…because, as the wise student at issue understands, race trumps every other consideration, including fairness and common sense as well as history and irony, in Barack Obama’s America, and
…because public schools prefer to indoctrinate students as social justice warriors rather than teach them critical thought.
Now, the students should be angered, as should be their parents, for other reasons, such as the fact that the young are having their intellectual abilities stunted by fools masquerading as educational professionals. This episode could have been used a true teaching opportunity, enlightening students about the value of satire in exposing harsh truths and the weakness of toxic ideas, like bigotry and simple-minded nostrums. Such a discussion could have brought the school community together, but administrators would prefer to see it torn apart so they can avoid challenging progressive taboos and receive their allotted left-wing weenie points.
They also lack the intelligence and skill to manage such a discussion. Why can’t Americans talk honestly about race? This is why.
Here’s the part that almost caused my head to blow. In a letter sent home to parents, North County Principal Julie Cares ( yes, that really is her name—imagine what Jonathan Swift could do with that. Or Abbott and Costello…) said:
“Just as one could argue that the content of [the original] piece was ill-advised and insensitive, such is the case with the content of the student’s piece.”
A teacher gives an assignment. A student delivers exactly what was assigned. Because it is exactly what was assigned, the school erupts with indignation, and the school administrators blame the student, while noting that indeed, the offensive essay was no more offensive than the model it was specifically designed to emulate, per the assignment.
People who think like this should not be trusted with the education of children, and yet communities are struggling to pay for even these reckless and cowardly incompetents.
I propose that all of the current teachers and administrators in Ann Arundel County be fed to the students, and then, using the lunch budget savings, more competent ones be hired.
But I’m not kidding.
Pointer and Facts: Reason