Monday, February 06, 2006

Indoctrination Schools

Betsy points us to this by Frederick Hess on the intellectual wasteland that our Education schools have become. Not content to teach all the latest bizarre theories, they have moved toward regulating the beliefs of future teachers. Apparently, if you can't convince them -- demand professions of belief as a condition of employment. He writes, "teachers colleges have begun to regulate the dispositions and beliefs of those who would teach in our nation's classrooms."

At the University of Alabama, the College of Education explains that it is "committed to preparing individuals to promote social justice, to be change agents, and to recognize individual and institutionalized racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism." To promote its agenda, part of the program's self-proclaimed mission is to train teachers to "develop anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-sexist . . . alliances."

The University of Alaska at Fairbanks School of Education declares on its Web site: "Teachers often profess 'colorblindness' . . . which is at worst patronizing and at best naïve, because race and culture profoundly affect what is known and how it is known."

Consequently, the program emphasizes "the interrelatedness of race, identity, and the curriculum, especially the role of white privilege."

Professors at Washington State University's College of Education evaluate candidates to ensure they exhibit "an understanding of the complexities of race, power, gender, class, sexual orientation, and privilege in American society."

Can you graduate from Wash. State if you failure to exhibit an "understanding" of white privilege in your teaching technique?

And how exactly does sexual orientation affect Einstein's Theory of Relativity?


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