Random Quotations – Education – October 27th, 2020

Six items in total…

“It was (Student School Board Member Zachary) Patterson who brought up concerns that some students might be unfairly penalized for cheating. The school board intends, this week, to review their zero-tolerance policy on cheating, with perhaps an eye toward allowing cheating, since to not do so might be racist… It is in the name of anti-racism that American kids will be denied a rigorous academic education. Kids will not be held accountable to deadlines, standards of behaviour, honesty, or any reasonable expectations of achievement, all because to do so is now considered racist.” – Libby Emmons, “Public schools are doing away with grading to combat racism” – The Post Millennial, October 19th, 2020.

“The board fired its first integrity commissioner, Sandhya Kohli, the day after she cautioned trustees against attempts to obstruct her work.” – Jillian Follert, “Durham school board responds to Ashley Noble’s resignation” – Oshawa This Week, October 23rd, 2020.

“The Left well knows that if you capture the schools you will have captured all future generations. Unfortunately, too many of our K-12 educational institutions are staffed by low quality, and ideologically Left, teachers and administrators. Since teachers, and administrators, receive their so-called education in universities the real source of the problem lies there.” – Chet Richards, “For how much longer will we get to enjoy free speech in America?” – American Thinker, October 27th, 2020.

“We should not apologise for the fact that British children primarily study the history of these islands, and it goes without saying that the recent fad to decolonise maths, decolonise engineering, decolonise the sciences that we’ve seen across our universities to make race the defining principle of what is studied is not just misguided but actively opposed to the fundamental purpose of education.” – Kemi Badenoch, UK “Women and Equalities Minister”, quoted by Jessica Murray in “Teaching White privilege as uncontested fact is illegal, minister says” – The Guardian, October 20th, 2020.

“To support struggling black students there will be non-coercive alternatives to suspension or expulsion for misbehavior, a feature that is being copied in many school districts. It is all part of the larger ‘Comprehensive Equity Plan’ that the revised personal conduct policy is intended to protect, which includes manipulating passing grades to achieve ‘equity’ – that is, to reward or punish people based not on their conduct and accomplishments or hard work, but primarily on their race and ethnicity… It will mean pushing people through the system based on race rather than merit until they find themselves holding jobs that they cannot possibly perform based on what they learned at school.” – Philip Giraldi, “The ‘wokeness’ wars coming to your town” – Unz Review, October 27th, 2020.

“The first is the academic teacher. His job is to get students to think independently and analytically. Analytical thinking means looking at all sides of an issue so that students get the habit of examining both the strengths and weaknesses of an idea, always comparing them with those of competing ideas… The second type – the political activist – is the polar opposite of all this. He doesn’t want students to evaluate ideas, but instead to accept his and not question them… He doesn’t want intellectual flexibility but instead a firm adherence to an ideology… Seeing things from different perspectives? All of that would be dangerous because it might lead to independent thinking that strays from the political ideology he is promoting.” – John Ellis, “Academic teachers and political activists” – American Thinker, October 17th, 2020.