Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Friday, May 27, 2011

What Students Learn and Don't Learn

If you are attending college to get teacher certification, you will probably be required to attend classes on "multicultural education." That is supposed to bring diversity to the classroom and prepare teachers to teach pupils of various ethnic or national backgrounds. The textbooks in these courses typically include a book by Paulo Freire, a Brazilian socialist who preached that society is divided into oppressors and oppressed. Other required readings teach that Americans are an institutionally racist society. These courses are designed to train teachers to create political radicals to promote "progressive" social change.

A teacher who attended a conference on training teachers how to teach students what is called "social justice" recently published an informative expose of what that means. Social justice is a code word for a specific type of teaching that is contrary to traditional American notions of justice and individual rights. "Social justice" teaches children that America is an unjust and oppressive society that should be changed. Social justice materials typically include far left proposals such as acceptance of homosexuality, alternate lifestyles, radical feminism, abortion, illegal immigration, cultural relativism, and the redistribution of wealth.

Social justice is often promoted through what is called "student-directed learning" because students are supposed to “construct” their own knowledge. Liberal policy is to have 12-and-13-year-olds "brainstorm" topics they want to talk about, which typically include marijuana, gun violence, Afghanistan, poverty, and youth culture. Common sense and hundreds of years of education tell us that anyone first needs a base of knowledge in order to know what to look for when conducting research and doing problem-solving. Public schools ought to teach students American history and what's great about our country so they can grow up to be good citizens who are proud of America.

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