Random Quotations – Education – Oct. 1st, 2017

Four (larger) items in total…

“Bressack, who identifies as gender neutral, sent a note home to parents saying that she expected their fifth-grade children to address her as ‘Mx. Bressack’ and to use plural pronouns when discussing her singular self… The backlash from parents was intense… ‘Mx. Bressack, a Tallahassee elementary school teacher who identifies as non-binary, faced backlash this week after sending home a letter explaining to parents that they wish to be referred to as ‘Mx Bressack’ and with gender-neutral pronouns. This backlash is extremely underserved and dehumanizing,’ a Facebook post concerning the letter-writing campaign explains.” – Eric Owens, “Gay activists are furious because teacher can’t tell fifth graders to use gender-neutral pronouns” – Daily Caller, Sept. 29th, 2017.

“Put another way, fully 76 percent of respondents who identified that the achievement gap exists believe it is due to factors outside of the control of the schools – and by extension, school board members… They believe the gap is caused by wider societal factors such as home life, culture and poverty… Taking our results as a whole, the study ultimately calls into question whether voter control of public school governance is a viable avenue to correct racial inequality in education that can have important and enduring effects on democratic citizenship and political equality.” (Emphasis added) – Researchers Hartney and Flavin, quoted by Baylor University in “Voters reward – or punish – school board incumbents based on white students’ achievement” – Science Newsline, Sept. 21st, 2017. (How about taking IQ into account? Uh-oh, my bad! -JG).

“Angela Putman, who teaches public speaking at Penn State-Brandywine, designed a comprehensive three-day seminar on ‘white privilege’ for her students… Dismissing meritocracy as a mere social construct, Putman argues that students ‘are socialized to believe that we got to where we are… because of our own individual efforts… Thus, whiteness ideologies may be reproduced through a general acceptance and unchallenging of norms, as well as through everyday discourse from a wide variety of racial positionalities’… she also believes that college professors aren’t powerless, saying they can help undo students’ belief in meritocracy and equal opportunity through intensive re-education.” (Emphasis added) – Toni Airaksinen, “Prof: meritocracy is a whiteness ideology” – Campus Reform, Sept. 29th, 2017.

“Why, then, do social liberals like Hillary Clinton push so hard for the expansion of preschool programs? Perhaps they understand the truth of Proverbs 22:6 better than most parents: ‘Train up a child in the way he should go: and, when he is old, he will not depart from it.’ When the mind of a young child is subjected to state control before fundamental concepts and basic beliefs are formulated, the child is much more likely to learn a liberal social and political philosophy with the state as his or her master… Creation and God-given rights are more easily replaced with evolution and government-granted rights. Totalitarian regimes like those of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin knew well the value of a ‘youth corps.’ As Hans Schemm, leader of the Nazi Teacher’s League, once observed, ‘Those who have the youth on their side control the future’.” (Emphasis added) – Alabama Republican Roy Moore, quoted by Daniel Dale in “Preschool a Nazi-like institution for brainwashing children into being liberal” – Toronto Star, Sept. 29th, 2017.