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Conversation About Race In Kindergarten

 
 
Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 07:14 am
That's right. Social engineering starts now in kindergarten with your tax dollars. I think we can eliminate this from our budget. What do you think?

There is a difference between an open mind and an empty head. But not everyone agrees. At Harambee Elementary in Maplewood Minnesota, kindergarteners are starting their indoctrination early. The Star Tribune reports that at this school, "A ‘community cultures specialist' tours classes to make sure students are working across racial lines and learning about multiple world view perspectives."

This absurd social engineering could be an object of humor and ridicule, if we weren't all paying for it. That's right: The Star Tribune reports that "federal grants" help fund this aggressive indoctrination of small children.

Harambee Principal Kristine Black says, "We don't shy away from having conversations about race and the way we treat each other." Of course, kindergarteners are usually not full participants in any conversation, especially a conversation about race. But that's the entire idea. A "conversation about race" has never meant a real conversation. So when the principal says the students have conversations about race, what she means is that the staff imparts fairy tales to the students. "Conversation about race" has always meant minorities griping about their own failures and perceived injustices.

Linguist Dr. John McWhorter, who has taught at Cornell and Berkeley, notes that "conversation about race" actually means a one-sided lecture. McWhorter, who is black, says that the phrase "conversation about race... means that black people have something to teach white people if white people would just sit and listen." That is exactly the sense in which kindergarteners at this Minnesota school have a conversation about race.

And what kind of educational results are parents getting from this bizarre indoctrination? These children are getting the best multicultural education that taxpayer money can buy, but their reading and math scores compare poorly with the "regular" school districts nearby. $25 million was spent on 13,000 students in one year. We are dousing children with every frenzied PC dogma and educational fad imaginable, and nothing works. Minnesota's experiment with social engineering has turned out so poorly that the legislature cut funding for the "integration districts."

The worldview behind these indoctrination programs is well-known by now. Thomas Sowell, among others, has explored the worldview at length in his classic The Vision of the Anointed. The educators at this and many schools believe that they have special knowledge about human nature and society, and they are going to reshape society to meet their vision of fanatical equality of results and multiculturalism. Some parents, who obviously share this worldview, see value in the education their children are receiving. Demond Bryant, an African-American, has two children at the Harambee school. "My children have gained a certain level of confidence and they're comfortable around all types of people," he said. Who needs a quality education when you can have cheap ethnic chauvinism and racial conditioning? For such parents, results don't matter. But other parents and taxpayers might ask whether schools like that are worthwhile investments.

School officials reportedly said that "[s]tudent achievement wasn't an explicit goal of the integration schools in the beginning." Many people with common sense would hear that and think that the school was designed to fail. If "student achievement," of all things, "wasn't an explicit goal," then where does student achievement fit in to this school's mission? As an implicit goal? As an incidental goal of proper indoctrination? The liberals don't intend schools to fail; they just have a set of priorities that predictably result in failure or mediocrity. Their obvious priority is to indoctrinate students and produce rigid multiculturalists. Reading and mathematics might be taught in the process.

Some might find it shocking that a school was built around goals other than student achievement. What other goal is lofty enough to be the guiding principle of the educational institutions shaping our children's future? Diversity, of course! Yes, diversity, that word which means everything and nothing all at the same time. Diversity, the idea that white people are not good enough unless they have non-whites around them, and that non-whites will never amount to anything unless they are mixed in with whites. We are all forced to pledge allegiance to diversity and claim that it strengthens us, when in fact diversity is a failure.

Those nations who have endured multiculturalism the longest have come to reject it. Consider the accumulated wisdom of the educated and experienced people of Western Europe; Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel declared last year that multiculturalism in Germany had "utterly failed," French President Nicolas Sarkozy also recently claimed that multiculturalism is "clearly" a "failure." British Prime Minister David Cameron referred to "state multiculturalism" as a "failed" policy. You can be sure that these leaders are voicing popular ideas that have long been silenced or ridiculed by elites in those nations. Diversity does not make us stronger, and it does not succeed, even when social engineers can impose it on kindergarteners.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/05/open_mind_or_empty_head.html

John Bennett is a law student at Emory University in Atlanta, and a U.S. Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 08:07 am
@Renaldo Dubois,
Really? You're serious?

I read a lot about education and one thing ever article about "our failing system" mentions that we aren't preparing children to compete "in the global economy".

We certainly aren't preparing the for a "global" anything by keeping them ignorant and indifferent to other cultures so I say bring on the diversity lessons.

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"Conversation about race" has always meant minorities griping about their own failures and perceived injustices.


Bullshit.
Renaldo Dubois
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 08:41 am
@boomerang,
Our education system is failing our treasure and future, our children. Don't forget, it's all about "the children". What good is it if we have a culturally enlightened generation who can't make change for a $20 and doesn't know how the world works?
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 08:51 am
@Renaldo Dubois,
So your idea of a good education is preparing someone to give you change at Starbucks?

How are kids going to know how the world works if we only teach them about the people who live in their own neighborhood. The world is a diverse place.

DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 09:26 am
@Renaldo Dubois,
Renaldo Dubois wrote:
This absurd social engineering could be an object of humor and ridicule, if we weren't all paying for it. That's right: The Star Tribune reports that "federal grants" help fund this aggressive indoctrination of small children.

Making sure that kids aren't segregated is "aggressive indoctrination?"

Seems to me that maybe we should spend some "federal grant money" on teaching people not to "make assumptions," "argue from false pretenses," or "make **** up that suits their agenda."
Renaldo Dubois
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 09:46 am
@boomerang,
It's not working. The kids in public school are failing compared to the rest of the world. Diversity education is not going to fix that.
Renaldo Dubois
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 09:47 am
@DrewDad,
Segregation ended a long time ago. Kids work it out without educated dummies leading them to more stupidity.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 10:05 am
@Renaldo Dubois,
Diversity education works quite well in Canada. Perhaps there are other issues you are not considering.
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 10:07 am
@Renaldo Dubois,
Our schools are not failing -- other schools are getting better. We'd have better test scores if we only skimmed the cream of the student crop to test like many other countries do. We'd have better scores if we looked at scores from countries that do better than us and tried to implement some of their policies instead of just making ours more ineffective with skill and drill and factoid regurgitation.

We do have students that are failing. We always have had them and we always will because we won't address the core issue of why they are failing. Instead we just give them uninspired, scripted schoolwork which only makes things worse.

Spending the wee bit of time that they spend on teaching kids about the world and its people is one thing that schools do right.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 11:00 am
@Renaldo Dubois,
Renaldo Dubois wrote:
Segregation ended a long time ago.

No, it just got hidden behind demographic statistics.

Schools here in Austin are "diverse," but the classrooms themselves are often skewed heavily toward white or black.

Affluent (generally white) kids take the honors/advanced placement courses, while minorities take the regular classes.
Renaldo Dubois
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 11:08 am
@ehBeth,
I don't think so.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2008/06/13/f-rfa-macdonald.html
Renaldo Dubois
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 11:09 am
@boomerang,
I disagree. Why is the dropout rate higher than it's ever been? This is failure.
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/06/10/34swanson.h29.html
Renaldo Dubois
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 11:10 am
@DrewDad,
Why don't you donate some money for the cause?
DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 11:15 am
@Renaldo Dubois,
Aww... Conversation gotten too hard for you?
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 11:18 am
@Renaldo Dubois,
Renaldo Dubois wrote:

I disagree. Why is the dropout rate higher than it's ever been? This is failure.
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/06/10/34swanson.h29.html

Your own article answers that question.... or were you not able read that far?

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Pertinent to the case of high school completion: The size of the Latino student population, whose graduation rate currently lags 21 percentage points behind that of non-Hispanic whites, has grown by 50 percent in the past decade alone.

Put simply, the challenge of improving high school graduation rates is analogous to swimming upstream against a rapid and generally unfavorable demographic current. Many observers would argue that there is room for considerable improvement across the entire student population. The seemingly paradoxical findings noted here, however, would further suggest that targeting intervention efforts intensively on rapidly growing and low-performing student groups will be a precondition for driving meaningful change in the graduation rate at a national level.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 11:20 am
@Renaldo Dubois,
You are the perfect example of today's conservative movement. You enter a conversation with a few talking points, fewer facts, and absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 11:30 am
@Renaldo Dubois,
Mark Steyn? that's what you think relates to this topic?

Man, you need to work up your skills. The American education system must have failed you long ago.
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kuvasz
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 01:25 pm
@Renaldo Dubois,
Hate to reply to one of Massegetto's threads;

Quote:
"As Oakland mayor [Jerry Brown], I directly confronted conditions that hindered education, and that were deeply rooted in the social and economic conditions of the community or were embedded in the particular attitudes and situations of the parents."
http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/hallelujah-jerry-brown-understands-ed


The issues are societal and economically based, not merely educational.

bwt: Massie, you can change your name, but the spots remain.
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 04:25 pm
@kuvasz,
What spots have you noticed.

I think you're wrong on this one.

All the tells are missing.
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Foofie
 
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 04:55 pm
I do not know what the conversation on race actually reflects? The only conversation, in my opinion, that matters is short and sweet, "race does not matter in making a person the way they are. " So, we should educate the young people that there are smart and not so smart from every race. I suspect that what might need to be eliminated from some people's minds is the superiority of one race over another. I guess there are some regions where this is still a concern. I fortunately grew up where I learned this just from observing how diverse the students were that got good marks.
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