Unethical Website Of The Month: And Just When You Might Have Been Thinking That Gabriel Gipe Is An Anomaly…[Updated And Corrected]

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…we have this: The Zinn Education Project.

A website named for anti-American, Marxist, fake historian Howard Zinn has gathered thousands of signatures of teachers nationwide. The signers pledge to teach the tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in their classrooms in defiance of any bans by any state government or local school districts.

Josan Perales of Estes Park, Colorado wrote: “We must ‘go for broke’ as fierce and conscious educators fighting for liberation for ALL. THIS is the work.”Fairfield, Connecticut teacher and signer Chris Parisi explained his acceptance of the pledge by writing, “During the Cold War and throughout the 150-year reign of Confederate-apologist revisionist historians, our textbooks were sanitized. The truth about slavery, the genocide of indigenous peoples, and white male supremacy were purposefully buried under a romantic Lost Cause Mythology.”

You know, “the truth.” Teachers have the authority to teach “the truth” as their political ideology moves them to see it, and if communities, schools, parents and legislatures believe that their indoctrination is inappropriate, then they intend to teach what conforms to their agenda anyway.

To: State Legislators
From: [Your Name]

“One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” – Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 1963

“We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events.”

The petition has so far attracted 7,357 signatures from teachers in at least 27 states.

The preamble reads [forgive me from interjecting along the way, but I get to have some fun!)…

“Lawmakers in at least 27 states are attempting to pass legislation that would require teachers to lie to students about the role of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and oppression throughout U.S. history. A bill introduced in the Missouri legislature exemplifies a rash of similar bills — in Texas, Idaho, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina, and more states — that aim to prohibit teachers from teaching the truth about this country: It was founded on dispossession of Native Americans, slavery, structural racism and oppression; and structural racism is a defining characteristic of our society today.”

I have reminisced here before about a pompous junior high school history professor who taught me an invaluable lesson, though unintentionally, when he began one class by saying, “In this history class, I will only teach facts. Here’s your first fact today: The U.N. is a debating society!” He wasn’t joking.

“Specifically, the Missouri bill bans teaching that: identifies people or groups of people, entities, or institutions in the United States as inherently, immutably, or systemically sexist, racist, anti-LGBT, bigoted, biased, privileged, or oppressed.”

You know, when you are issuing a call to metaphorical arms asserting that your wisdom as teachers justifies your going rogue and cloning the minds of impressionable students to your own, you should probably proofread your petition. “The bill bans teaching that: identifies people…” Why should parents trust them to teach history when they can’t write?

[Note: Reader junkmailfolder enlightened me that the sentence in question is grammatically correct, once you read “teaching” as a gerund rather than a verb, which I did not. It’s still horrible construction. ]

“But how can one teach honestly about the nature of our society without examining how today’s racial inequality is a systemic legacy of this country’s history?”

It is not a teacher’s job to teach “the nature of society,” which is a complex and controversial topic requiring multiple disciplines and extensive study to even approach. The teacher’s job is to prepare students by teaching them the skills they need to come to their own conclusions about “the nature of society.” No teachers who believe that they have the one, true answer to that puzzle are qualified or trustworthy to teach students anything. They are shallow, arrogant and foolish.

“From police violence, to the prison system, to the wealth gap, to maternal mortality rates, to housing, to education and beyond, the major institutions and systems of our country are deeply infected with anti-Blackness and its intersection with other forms of oppression. To not acknowledge this and help students understand the roots of U.S. racism is to deceive them — not educate them. This history helps students understand the roots of inequality today and gives them the tools to shape a just future. It is not just a history of oppression, but also a history of how people have organized and created coalitions across race, class, and gender.”

So, Gabriel Gipe is just a weird aberration, is he? It sure sounds like there are at least 7,357 more just like him at very least.

“The Missouri bill names these leading social justice education groups as those whose curricula would be banned: 1619 Project initiative of the New York Times, the Learning for Justice Curriculum of the Southern Poverty Law Center, We Stories, programs of Educational Equity Consultants, BLM at School, Teaching for Change, Zinn Education Project, and any other similar, predecessor, or successor curricula.”

Further proving that the teachers behind this petition and signing it either don’t know what they are talking about or are simply social activist masquerading as teachers, they cite the thoroughly debunked 1619 Project and the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center right off the bat! Res ipsa loquitur. Signature significance! The document destroys the credibility of its signatories! How generous.

“The proposed legislation fails to name a single lesson that is inaccurate or that misleads students about U.S. history.”

You mean like the 1619 Project? That’s OK, you mentioned it.

“We the undersigned educators will not be bullied.”

“Bullied” apparently means “when your supervisors and employers delineate your duties.” The remedy for feeling this way is called “quitting.”

“We will continue our commitment to develop critical thinking that supports students to better understand problems in our society, and to develop collective solutions to those problems.  We are for truth-telling and uplifting the power of organizing and solidarity that move us toward a more just society”.

No, what your website and petition describe is the anti-thesis of critical thinking, and demonstrates that those who signed the petition never mastered the process themselves, much less are capable of teaching it.

The site conveniently lists the names of the revolutionary—but stupid!—signers. Over at conservative megablog Instapundit, law professor Glenn Reynolds comments, “Fire them all.” Of course, Fire them all, them move on the the people who hired them.

_______________________

Pointer: Complete Colorado

Source: The Zinn Education Project.

21 thoughts on “Unethical Website Of The Month: And Just When You Might Have Been Thinking That Gabriel Gipe Is An Anomaly…[Updated And Corrected]

  1. To repeat myself:

    Frankly, I’m surprised this guy hasn’t won numerous teacher of the year awards. I can’t imagine he’ll lose his job. He’ll be defended by the ACLU and made a hero. Anyone unhappy with him will be deemed a current day Joe McCarthy.

  2. Maybe we should have schools that just teach this crap. The teachers & administrators teach and push a CRT, LGBTQ, Marxist agenda, practice the segregation they seem to want so desperately, and the parents who want to encourage their kids to “learn” in that environment send them to that type of school, no hidden surprises, cards on the table.

    Then it’s banned from other public/private/religious schools and they continue to teach the traditional agenda w/teachers teaching standard curriculum & practical skills, patriotism, while keeping politics and social justice advocacy out of the classroom.

    And at the end of each four years (of high schools and colleges split into the different types of schools), we compare the real life success of the students after graduation. And see what happens. (I think it’ll be pretty clear which system works.)

  3. I looked at the signers and more than 9 out of ten from the first several pages were female. I wonder why more males (people with masculine names) are not signing. Perhaps we should consider that in choosing our teachers.

    Don’t worry Jack you have a signatory from Alexandria public schools.

    • Aren’t the vast majority of teachers women, CM? I also wonder what percentage of teachers are of color. A union job with pensions. Not a bad means of obtaining life changing economic security. Like the military and police, a good means of initial economic mobility?

      • OB
        Elementary school teachers are predominantly female but across the entire K-12 range the ratio of males to females approaches equal numbers. Most high school history and math teachers are male while English and other Humanities teachers are dominated by women.
        If most of this false curriculum focus on historical “truths” I have to wonder how CRT is woven into a literature or art class.

        • I think the kids are taught that literature, insofar as it is written by white people, is oppressive and white supremacist and has resulted in the miseries imposed upon people of color by white people.

  4. My kid’s 4. Homeschool it is. This last month has sealed the deal.

    I expect him to be smarter than these Tik-Tok antifa educators by age 15.

  5. Does anyone else listen to The Ruthless Podcast? They talked about this just yesterday, the necessity of getting reasonable people onto school boards, the likelihood of change, and really pumped the tired on School choice.

    One stat that blew me away was that 41% of Black Children in Baltimore graduate high school with LESS than a 1.0 GPA. Less than a fifth read at their grade level…. A very small part of me is comforted by this, in an especially cynical kind of way, because if the teachers can’t teach basic literacy, how are they going to teach activism?

    • You don’t need literacy for activism, just a loud voice, a short temper, and the ability to look menacing, together with a sufficient amount of melanin.

  6. It took a few readings, Jack, but I don’t think there’s a grammar error there. They are saying that the laws ban teaching (gerund noun) that identifies people as inherently racist. Awkward, yes, and incredibly telling that they’d admit that they want to teach that some groups of people are irredeemable.

  7. No doubt many involved parents and other citizens, in addition to conscientious school boards, are poring over the list of signatories. I did notice, in reviewing the first few hundred names and comments, that several were not actually supporting the petition but had written comments opposing it. One said something like, “Communism is evil.” Others’ comments were so non-committal that I speculate they might have been pressured by peers (or their teachers’ union) to sign on. Comments like, “I promise to teach the truth.” were common, and that’s a bit lacking in revolutionary fervor. It was convenient that the true believers outed themselves like they did, though. It is always good to know just who the enemy is.

    • “It is always good to know just who the enemy is.”

      Because then you can look up their home address and show up armed with bats and crowbars. It’s hard to riot if your kneecaps are broken and your mouth has been rearranged.

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