…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.