“Reading and writing and arithmetic, taught to the tune of a hickery stick.” Remember that old song? Yeah, so do I. But maybe that tune had it correct. Of course different people have different abilities. As I’ve written so often of late, the only way to make everything fair is to dumb everything down to the lowest common denominator.
If you’ll remember I wrote on the subject of taking away incentive on earlier blogs. Raise the base pay to fifteen dollars and the kids who were working hard to get a raise suddenly realizes that all that work got them nowhere. Even the poor performers got the cash so why try? End of the work ethic.
Back to the classroom. Some people find algebra difficult. I count myself in that group. Never could figure out how a+b=C. That’s why I didn’t take algebra. But now Algebra is racist:
A community college chancellor in Calif. is proposing to get rid of the requirement that all students take intermediate algebra in an effort to boost the graduation rate at his institution.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, made the suggestion during a recent interview with National Public Radio, call the requirement a “civil rights issue.”
Yes, you read that right, a civil rights issue. That’s what civil rights has become. A reason not to learn math. At our current rate of decay, within a matter of months it will be a civil rights issue to be stigmatized for crawling around on all fours in your birthday suit rather than walking erect and wearing clothes.
There current graduation rate at Calif. Community Colleges is just 48 percent. Say, just think what the graduation rate would be if they made it unnecessary to take any classes.
Out in Minnesota, the “School Safety Technical Assistance Council” (a big name for a bunch of people with small brains,) has issued guidelines that will be distributed to Kindergarten through 12th grade public schools and charter schools throughout the state. The toolkit attempts to “ensure a safe and supportive transition: for children becoming a different gender at school.
Parents are expected to get with the program. The Minn. Dept. of Ed. encourages parents to have “acceptance and support of their child’s gender identity” if they want their child to perform well at school.
If a 5-year-old boy want to pretend that he’s a girl named Gertrude, everyone must play along or be denounced as transphobic. Older students may enjoy the access to bathroom and locker room facilities of the opposite sex to which they are entitled according to the Toolkit.
Teachers should avoid calling grade school children “boys and girls,” because the phrase is not “inclusive.” So how is calling everyone zee or whatever inclusive of those who prefer to be boys and girls by nature and birth? Question number two–if a boy wants to be a girl and plays and dresses like a girl, isn’t calling him a girl along with all the other girls inclusive. And remember, Trump issued a statement saying school should call students by their appropriate gender title.
Lastly, during communist China’s nightmarish Cultural Revolution, teachers lived in terror of being denounced by thuggish students who were drunk on the power granted them by the demented extremist in charge. Welcome to American academia:
One Chicago art professor resigned from his post earlier this month after a “small cadre of militant LGBT students with an authoritarian agenda” continually accused him of “racism” and “homophobia.”
The Art Institute of Chicago, professor Michael Bonesteel told the Chicago Reader, “feels more like a police state than a place where academic freedom and the open exchange of ideas is valued.”
Bonesteel committed two thought crimes”
- On Dec. 12, Bonesteel was leading a discussion about Chicago artist Henry Darger, whose artwork often depicted young girls with male genitalia. He mentioned the popular theory that Darger’s work might be the result of childhood sexual abuse – an idea that apparently frustrated one transgender student.
2. Then just two days later, the second problem cropped up. During a similar discussion session in another class, a student went off on a “long diatribe about perceived anti-Semitic attitudes” of Gerand Jones, the author of a book assigned to the class. The student proceeded to complain about the institute’s treatment of transgender and minority students and then accused Bonesteel specifically of “racism and homophobia.” The same student also complained about a lack of trigger warning during a discussion of an implied rape in another assigned text.
When the student complained about the interaction, Bonesteel said, (Dean of Faculty Lisa Wainwright “ultimately determined that it’s more likely than not your conduct in relation to this student constituted harassment based on gender-identity in violation of the School’s Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation.”
As a result, Bonesteel was told he would no longer be teaching those courses and his hours were cut so drastically that he lost his health care insurance. There was little he could do but to resign. At least for the moment he only lost his job. It started that way in China as well.