Random Quotations – Education – Nov. 23rd, 2016

Three items in total…

“The documentary written by Jennifer Siebel Newsom begins with images and news reports, interwoven in a video collage of mass shootings, young boys committing suicide, gang rapes of college girls, and individuals being violently targeted for fun… Unlike many college students whose minds have not been trained to see through such propaganda, I recognize it for what it is: an extension of the unfair lens associated with most popular social theories. It is a biased stew emanating from the process-oriented minds of feminists, incorporating such notions as rape culture and the white male privileged patriarchy as seen from a non-male perspective.” – Tim Patten, “College masculinities vilifies military men” – Family Security Matters, Oct. 17th, 2016.

“Ontario’s second-largest school board has launched an action plan to address the discrimination and low expectations that black male students say they face inside and outside their classrooms… They described: non-black teachers and peers who didn’t expect them to succeed academically and expressed surprise if they got good marks; lower expectations for their careers; feeling left out by other students socially and on sports teams; being feared and subject to suspicion in hallways or when problem incidents occur; racist comments and jokes from peers… In response, the Peel board’s action… calls for mandatory bias and anti-racism training for teachers and other staff, changes throughout the curriculum to integrate the history and experiences of black Canadians, and mentoring programs to boost student involvement and leadership.” – Andrea Gordon, “Peel school board launches plan to support black male students” – Toronto Star, Oct. 23rd, 2016.

“According to a Philadelphia magazine article, the percentage of college grads who can read and interpret a food label has fallen from 40 to 30. They are six times likelier to know who won ‘American Idol’ than they are to know the name of the speaker of the House. A high-school teacher in California handed out an assignment that required students to use a ruler. Not a single student knew how… NBC News reported that Fortune 500 companies spend about $3 billion annually to train employees in ‘basic English’… many more students are admitted to college than are in fact college-ready. Admitting such students may satisfy the wants and financial interests of the higher education establishment, but whether it serves the interests of students, families, taxpayers and the nation is another question.” – Walter E. Williams, “Dumb American Youth” – Family Security Matters, Oct. 26th, 2016.