Teacher Opinions

In Texas you hear that schools have been in the thrall of “woke” liberals who are trying to make all white kids feel shame and guilt because being white means you are a racist. This shaming curriculum is apparently called “Critical Race Theory.” And individuals’ basic freedoms are under attack by things like vaccine mandates and mask mandates. How could they? Don’t they realize your right to choose to get Covid Delta Variant and die in an ICU somewhere is guaranteed in the Constitution?

Where in Texas is this terrible teaching going on?

In 31 years teaching in Texas public schools, I never saw any such teaching going on. And I never met even one single radical-teaching commissar that would advocate such communist claptrap teaching.

Good teachers do not have political agendas. Good teachers don’t teach their own opinions. When opinions are involved, good teachers show both sides. But only if neither side is entirely, provably correct.

So, what is Critical Race Theory?

critical race theory (CRT)intellectual and social movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of colour. Critical race theorists hold that racism is inherent in the law and legal institutions of the United States insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.” -The New York Times

Do you understand that definition? And if you do, how would you teach it to third graders? Or to eighth grade History classes? Or even high school AP Civics classes?

You wouldn’t. It isn’t factual. It is a “loosely organized framework of legal analysis,” That makes it a complex study of legal questions and possible sociological inequities. That makes it a law school debate topic, not something to be taught in public schools (with the possible exception of AP Debate class.)

I find myself actually agreeing with the fascist propagandists on Fox News, like Tucker Carlson, who suggest any public school teacher trying to teach this in public schools should be fired. We should not be letting such clueless idiots be teachers. And most competent teaching schools would weed them out before they ever qualified for a teaching certificate. Only intellectually competent individuals should be given teaching certificates that they have earned through their own rigorously tested education. An education that exists for teachers. Unfortunately it doesn’t exist for Texas Governor, or Texas Lieutenant Governor, or Texas Attorney General. All you need for those positions is a soul evil enough to rig the appropriate election.

Not that my rage is cooling to the melted-iron level of heat, I need to remind you that these are my opinions. And opinions are onions divided by Pi. If you don’t enjoy that onion flavor, then let it lie and avoid it on your steak and potatoes.

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6 responses to “Teacher Opinions

  1. Mickey, when groups of people label things to weaponize them, it usually goes well beyond what it means. Understanding subtleties is not the point, as the point is to indict without having to define what it is. This is why I detest politicians and politics. They care more about winning than helping. Everything is made out to be a zero sum game, where someone must lose.

    An easy example just happened. A bipartisan infrastructure bill that will help Americans and has a majority support has become a political football to people in one tribe. So, members of that tribe who voted for it are getting death threats for daring to help people. I have a choice word or two I am thinking of right now.

    The same thing goes for vaccines pushback and this critical race theory BS, which is not being taught. As for the latter, if people cannot handle knowing the ugly truths in our history, then we are destined to repeat them. But, maybe that is the point all along. It reminds me of “1984” where in the middle of the novel, one entity switches alliance to its previous enemy and starts fighting its old ally. So, the entity had to disinform its people that they were fighting the old ally all along. Think of this as certain members of one tribe (and the pseudo news sycophants) in America cozy up to Putin.

    Keith

  2. It is a tragedy that politics has become the playground for malevolent idiots. I try to avoid political topics in this blog now more than ever before. But when they start subverting the goals of education, I can’t remain silent. Old Mickey the Mean-talker will have to break out the rusty knives of sarcasm again. Of course, you can’t cut up a Trumpkin that way. Their brains are made of word-proof stone masonry.

  3. I want to make it clear that I am being sarcastic in this post. I do not believe there is any problem with CRT being taught in public schools, in Texas or anywhere else. It is factually NOT being taught. And I hope it is clear that the white-lady school teacher who was fired from a Texas middle school for teaching her award-winning program on black history and civil rights education should NOT have been fired. Anybody who wants to remove the teaching of factual black history and civil rights education to protect their white children’s feelings is accomplishing the opposite, failing to teach facts and causing racism to grow in their minds, whether they are doing it intentionally or not. Teachers should be teaching ALL relevant facts, and those facts will help, not harm, the children being taught. (If you are offended by this straight talk, know this, you cannot have me fired for saying so. I am already retired. I am also factually correct. And I will remove angry comments by racists. Sorry about that.)

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