Your Child’s Teacher Might Be An Idiot If…

Poster

…this poster is hanging in the classroom. Is there any “might” about it? Well, it’s possible that the teacher knows most of the bumper-sticker platitudes on the poster are naive, misleading, simplistic to the point of uselessness and actively suffocate critical thinking, but they are part of a loose conspiracy determined to breed Marxism, or maybe just stupidity, which is to Marxist indoctrination what agar is to bacteria, in our rising generations.

That fatuous list of virtue-signaling blather is being sold on T-shirts, stickers, posters, mugs, kids’ T-shirts and masks, and could stand as Exhibit A to prove the proposition that any parent who doesn’t drop in on their child’s classroom to see what kinds of propaganda is being force-fed there is lazy, irresponsible, and partially responsible for the rapidly spreading cultural, intellectual and ethical rot spreading over the land.

The nine progressive spit-bubbles above also turn up on lawn signs in my neighborhood. That’s fine: if adults want to signal they are squishy-brained moron, that’s a public service, and if they choose to train their children to think the Care Bears are profound, well, those kids’ DNA is probably pretty wan anyway. But teachers openly promoting such stuff as “truth” or worse, wisdom, is a hair from child abuse, and maybe not even a hair. I am going to begin advocating that all teacher interviews include the questions,

  • “Do you but, wear anything with these statements on them? Why?”
  • “Would you display such messages in your classroom?”
  • “Taking each of the statements individually, please explain how they are overly simplistic or inappropriately political in nature, or why you think they are not.”
  • “If you had such messages posted in your classroom, would you object to a parent of one of your students see it?”
  • “If a parent objected to the display, how would you respond?’

Let’s examine those nine assertions. One, “Kindness inspires,” is unobjectionable. As for the rest,

  • “Science is real” is at best meaningless, and at worse expresses a view of science that shows a misunderstanding of the discipline. The motive of the statement is presumably to teach children that whatever a scientist declares is true and can be relied upon by all. That idea is historically and demonstrably false. Like other assertions on the poster, it is designed to lay the foundation for progressive indoctrination, though at other times, “Science is real” could have been used to promote eugenics and the lobotomizing of the clinically depressed, among other horrors.
  • “Love is love,” in addition to being a tautology and worthless as an argument, is obvious a pro-gay marriage signal, but also, because it appeals to emotions and ambiguity rather than reason, is equally supportive of incest, bestiality, adultery, and pederasty.
  • “Black Lives Matter” is a deliberately deceitful  political slogan appropriated by an anti-white, anti-American, Marxist organization. Its presence alone mandates tearing down the poster and disciplining the teacher.
  • “Feminism is for everyone” is deliberately (or stupidly) ambiguous in order to promote partisan and political views. What is “feminism”? I assume in this case the use of the word is designed to promote abortion, but there is no logical reason why believing in woman’s rights requires one to insist that unborn females don’t have the right to live. And what does “for” mean? This is the problem with three and four word slogans: they are inarticulate and incoherent. A teacher who thinks that “Feminism is for everyone” is a competent use of English shouldn’t be teaching the language.
  •  “Humans are not illegal.” My least favorite of all of these slogans, I think. The motive is to confuse children about the gravamen of breaking a nation’s laws to enter the country, relying on sloppy rhetoric confounding people with what they do. Laws never make people illegal; they mandate or forbid conduct. Illegal immigrants are accurately called that because they are doing what makes them immigrants illegally, as in “while violating the law.” “Humans are not illegal” isn’t a legitimate argument, and presenting it as if it is teaches the opposite of critical thinking: sloppy thinking and conclusions dictated by agendas rather than objective examination and analysis.
  • “Diversity is beautiful” is an empty assertion without evidence. Two out of the three words are so ambiguous as to communicate nothing. What constitutes diversity? If it’s good, why is it good? How is it “beautiful”? The statement is progressive cant presented without evidence: diversity is beautiful because we say it is, that’s why. You know, like “War is Peace.”
  • “Voices Matter”? OK, but intelligent, informed, articulate voices matter a great deal more than mere shouting, chanting, and mouthing flaccid slogans like  “Voices Matter.” There is nothing virtuous or useful about speaking until you know what you are speaking about. Children need to be taught that.
  • “Change starts here.” Now the poster is speaking in code. What change? The delusion that all change is positive in leftist thought at its most infantile. And where is “here”? Does that mean the classroom? If so, it is a statement of intent to make elementary school and indoctrination machine for activist agendas.

Neither the poster, 8 out of 9 of its nostrums, nor teachers who presume to endorse it belong in our schools.

27 thoughts on “Your Child’s Teacher Might Be An Idiot If…

  1. I wonder what the teacher would do if the students began employing the nostrums such as change starts here and voices matter in the classroom against the teacher. I would love to see 30 third graders tell the teacher her opinion on behavior is one of many and we demand that all forms of diverse behavior be embraced because sitting still quietly is white supremacist thinking then start a chant that drives the teacher screaming from her room.

  2. Another point: Two of the nostrums employ fists in the imagery. Feminism is for Everyone and Black Lives Matter. Those images suggest bullying a person into submission. Does the teacher advocate bullying now as long as it is to promote “right thinking”.

    Finally the hand expression with the pinkie and index finger extended is exactly the same as the one used on the Ronnie James Dio CD “The Very Beast of DIO”. Does the symbol represent changing into snarling beast as shown on the cover art? I have never understood the symbolism of that hand gesture other than to mean “stay cool” or something to that effect.

    • Dio claims the hand gesture came from his Italian grandmother as a ward against the Evil Eye (in Italian, “malocchio”). Somehow and somewhere along the line it became associated with heavy metal and the Devi’s horns. In a 2001 interview, Dio stated,

      “I doubt very much if I would be the first one who ever did that. That’s like saying I invented the wheel, I’m sure someone did that at some other point. I think you’d have to say that I made it fashionable. I used it so much and all the time and it had become my trademark until the Britney Spears audience decided to do it as well. So it kind of lost its meaning with that. But it was … I was in Sabbath at the time. It was a symbol that I thought was reflective of what that band was supposed to be all about. It’s NOT the devil’s sign like we’re here with the devil. It’s an Italian thing I got from my Grandmother called the “Malocchio”. It’s to ward off the Evil Eye or to give the Evil Eye, depending on which way you do it. It’s just a symbol but it had magical incantations and attitudes to it and I felt it worked very well with Sabbath. So I became very noted for it and then everybody else started to pick up on it and away it went. But I would never say I take credit for being the first to do it. I say because I did it so much that it became the symbol of rock and roll of some kind.”

      But, yes, I agree with your question.

      jvb

      • Thanks JVB for the elucidation. I see people display it all the time and wondered what it was symbolizing. I would bet most others have no idea either they just mimic what they see.

  3. Frankly, nostrums like this don’t belong in an educational setting. The purpose of school is to teach the three Rs, not to indoctrinate. Even blander platitudes like “Live, Laugh, Love,” (fake, even toxic positivity) or “Peace” with a dove (irrelevant) really don’t belong in a classroom. Maybe slogans like “ad astra per aspera” (to the stars through difficulties), or “every day is a new chance to achieve, what you do with that chance is up to you,” might be appropriate, since they go to what’s really supposed to be happening in a classroom – making your best effort to learn necessary skills and information and possibly excel. There’s also the “THINK” poster, which says before you speak, consider if what you say is True, Helpful, Important, Necessary, and Kind, which is OK, albeit kind of long, I’d settle for “never speak unless you can improve on silence.”

    “We believe?” Says who? Family, church, and community are all at least as important when inculcating beliefs as some self-important petty liberal arts major tyrant with one eye always looking toward retirement and the other at union negotiations. That goes for the young, arrogant teacher who just sailed in from Princeton or Bowdoin and breezily dismisses any parental concern as beneath her, as well as the hardened battle-ax who doesn’t hesitate to tell parents this is how I do things, this is how I’ve always done them, and if your kid can’t adapt, it won’t go well.

    Oh, and that two-fingered gesture can mean MANY things. At one Renaissance Fair we were exhorted to show it as “the sign of the king” (since it looks sort of like the crown) while cheering on the king at the joust. It’s also used on the cover of the album “Holy Diver” by Dio, showing the Devil giving that sign as he throws a priest into the sea to drown. In Italian culture, it’s a gesture you never make lightly, because it’s symbolic of the horns of the Devil, and is either a counter to someone putting il malocchio (the evil eye) on you, essentially “screw you too!” or telling someone he has horns (i.e. his woman was cheating on him). Only if the thumb is also extended does it become the ASL sign for “I love you,” which is often used by performers to signal love for the audience.

  4. Change WE BELIEVE to CAN WE AGREE. Add one line below each topic as it now appears.. Then you have a tool to generate opinions worthy of discussion, rather a tool of indoctrination.

    Science: The real nature of science is to study the real nature of Nature.
    Love: To understand love, one must first understand one’s self.
    BLM: Only if we willingly accept that All Lives Matter.
    Feminism: Equality for all cannot be achieved without equality between the sexes.
    Humans: But they often do illegal things. Illegal actions are always illegal, no matter the justifications.
    Diversity: Individual diversity creates diversity in thought. Group diversity creates division.
    Kindness: And is its own reward.
    Voices: Only if ALL voices are equally free to speak.
    Change: Observe the world and start asking, “What if?”

    Or something to this extent.

    • Of course the stock comeback for “all lives matter” is that “but now black lives are the ones in danger. You wouldn’t say all houses matter if only one on the block was on fire, would you?” It’s nonsense, but you can’t fix true believers. That said, saying you’re going to stab someone for saying “all lives matter” is unwise.

  5. They should add another little graphic, showing a stout stone tower, on a hill surrounded by a palisade, and captioned “The Motte is Not the Bailey”.

  6. Even kindness inspires, while on the surface is agreeable, in today’s world it too often morphed into “be kind, or else.” With kindness defined as pleasantness, it becomes a bulwark against any form of “I don’t like that.” Inspires is also mushy, because I don’t even see how it is connected to the first word. Inspires to do what? Be kind in return? Follow your dreams? Get through the day? Shut up and agree? Be the Eggman? It’s a movement with no destination specified.

    • A friend of mine has a shirt that says “Kind people are my kind of people.” On the surface it’s nice, but you really shouldn’t have to signal it, it should show in the way you act. A lion doesn’t need to tell you he’s a lion.

  7. “’Diversity is beautiful’ is an empty assertion without evidence. Two out of the three words are so ambiguous as to communicate nothing.”

    At least one former president would also assert that the third word, “is”, is also ambiguous…

  8. First of all, I agree with every observation you made, but I’d like to add a few observations of my own:

    1. What’s with all the rainbow colors in “We Believe?” It’s either a mystery, or a reflection of “Love is love.” Is that therefore the most important one?

    2. The heart with the colors mirroring the “pride” flag sort of gives away the game, does it not?

    3.Note the raised fists in the “Black lives matter,” “Feminism is for everyone,” and the punching fist in“ Humans are not illegal” tropes. When children see fists in pictures, does anyone believe that signals “peaceful” to them?

    4.The megaphone in the “Voices matter” nostrum kind of gives away the game too, does it not?

    I’d be concerned as much about the radical, divisive and subtly violent signals sent as I would about the simplistic political memes it depicts.

  9. One may have a problem getting into any classrooms. I recently contacted my grand daughter’s high school in an attempt to arrange a master class and recital by a concert pianist friend at my expense for the benefit of the high school’s music students. I was promptly informed the school is not allowing visitors so, no thanks. You know, Covid. They should add “never let a good crisis go to waste” to the poster.

  10. I like the Jeff Foxworthy “you just may be a redneck if…” overtone in the headline.

    (One of my favorite ifs: you mow the lawn and you find a car. And then there’s “you have a sofa on your front porch.)

  11. OK, I am going to take the bait. I am going after kindness. What type of kindness? The kindness to not tell well-meaning people that their demands are unreasonable or dangerous? Look at the story of the Baltimore student with the 0.1 GPA. How did our school systems get to be such disasters? They became like that because of stupid programs that were supposed to help the students. All these programs were designed by ‘kind’ people and it was considered unkind (or worse) to challenge them. Even though these programs only made things worse, no one ever objected to them because it would be unkind. How are we going to fix this? We won’t fix it by being ‘kind’.

    No doubt the people promoting the idea of defunding the police think they are being kind.

    The people who want to forgive student loans think that is kind.

    How many violent criminals have been released out of kindness, only to have them victimize others?

    Kindness is not the same as goodness. “I will be kind and only feed my children candy, not make them go to school, not give them a bedtime, let them play any video games they want, and not make them take baths”. I have seen a lot of evil in this world caused or allowed to exist because of kindness.

    • Hehe, reminds me of the D&D paladin t-shirt slogan, “lawful good doesn’t mean lawful nice,” and, conversely, how every 1980s cartoon show had to have at least one episode in which the good guys had to win without using force, often when force would have settled the problem early on, making for a boring and frustrating 22 minutes.

    • Michael R wrote, “They became like that because of stupid programs that were supposed to help the students.”

      I agree with you but the problem is also financial: the school districts don’t get funding based on performance but on butts-in-the-seats, at least in Texas, anyway. Absences result in decreased funding from the district or the state. Passing a student along is fine as long he or she reports present at the stated classes.

      As for the Baltimore student graduating with a 0.1 GPA, I suspect there is a whole lot more going on than what is being reported. I get that the mother is overwhelmed, probably working numerous jobs to make ends meet, but at some point, wasn’t the school supposed to step and inform her that her son spectacularly failed to live up to even the bare minimum performance level?

      jvb

      • They probably were, but we wouldn’t want to hold failing students back, would we? That would not be kind. We should just pass them on and see if we can get them that high school diploma they deserve! I suspect something changed in the district and stopped that. Why would they send him back to the 9th grade now? This is similar to the people that write good letters of recommendation for mediocre people because the subject is a good person and they don’t want to be unkind. I was at a school that was blacklisted by a major employer becasue one professor did that.

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