I don’t know why my head didn’t explode over this one. I suppose it’s because The Great Stupid has lowered my expectations. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Odelis Anderson, a middle school choir teacher in Minnesota, recently taught a sixth-grade class about various “types of oppression” by separating students into “privileged” and “targeted” categories. This occurred with full knowledge of the school, Sunrise Park Middle School near St. Paul, Minnesota, which dubbed it a “social-emotional lesson.”
In an introduction to the exercise, Anderson told students, “Last week, we talked about how hard it is to talk about race, and the level of difficulty is different for different people. For people who are privileged, it’s much easier to talk about race and other issues. For people who are not privileged, it’s much harder. Today, we will look at different types of oppression, and whether each of us is in the privileged group or the targeted group.”
Boy. choir class sure has changed since I was a kid…
Then, according to the lesson plan, students reviewed a chart describing different types of oppression, “privileged groups” and “targeted groups.” Then the students were required to label themselves. The five types of oppression were racism, sexism, religious oppression, heterosexism, and xenophobia. The “privileged groups” —I bet you can guess–were white, male, Christian, heterosexual, and those born in United States (that is, not illegal immigrants). The “targeted groups” were non-whites, female, non-Christians, those who identify as LGBT, and those not born in the United States.
The school system’s superintendent responded to questions about the class with proud Authentic Frontier Gibberish. “It is our responsibility to ensure that each of our students’ needs are being met,” Wayne Kazmierczak sort of explained in a statement. “We know from listening to our students that our continued and sustained commitment to educational equity is a critical part of how we achieve our stated district mission and close gaps that currently exist in our student outcome measures.”
- This is not education. This is ideological indoctrination.
- It is not based on science, legitimate research or intellectual rigor. This is political.
- Totalitarian systems educate children this way.
- To say the such poison does not belong in a choir class (the school has some kind of explanation for this, but it makes no sense to me) should be unnecessary.
- This occurred in a remote session. A parent who witnessed this was ethically obligated to at very least tune out of the session and complain. I would have broken into the session and told the teacher that the session was incompetent and not her place to present. I believe parents should have disrupted the session.
- I know Minnesotans are busy trying to defund the police and name snowplows, but parents there have no excuse for remaining unaware of how pubic education is grossly abusing ts mission. I have long believed that parents need to audit their children’s classes, and one of the very few good things about remote learning is that it makes doing this easy.
Pointer and Facts: The Blaze