[First posted at Ricochet.]
Chicago teachers aren’t the only ones indoctrinating kids in progressive ideas such as the evils of being measured by results rather than attitudes. An Oregon principal recently told the Portland Tribune that American food is a symbol of “white privilege.”
Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.
Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year.
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School…
Oh, there’s more.
Through intensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives, the premise is that if educators can understand their own “white privilege,” then they can change their teaching practices to boost minority students’ performance.
Last Wednesday, the first day of the school year for staff, for example, the first item of business for teachers at Scott School was to have a Courageous Conversation — to examine a news article and discuss the “white privilege” it conveys.
The school is also starting a drum class open only to black and Latino boys. This is where I start seeing signs like “whites need not apply.”
The local school district’s spokesman said the district saw no problem with the principal’s statements. I see a problem that, in a school in need of obvious academic improvement, school staff are spending time on race and sensitivity workshops rather than math and reading training. These kids’ problem is not that they’re black or brown or purple, it’s that they can’t read.
Here’s a memo to parents and conservatives everywhere: It’s not just Chicago union members and Portland principals steeped in failed and outrageous progressive teaching methods. Progressivism reigns in every public school, and state-mandated certification ensures every public school teacher conforms.
Image by Adam Gerard. Edited to fix my idiocy in for some reason thinking of Portland as located in Washington state.